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Finance Glossary

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Common Stock

Definition:

Common stock is a share of ownership in a company that gives you voting rights, but does not guarantee you’ll be paid a dividend.

If the company goes belly up, common stock is paid after preferred stock, which means there might not be much left in the tank for you after everyone else has been paid.