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Equities & Funds a la Shmoop

Equities & Funds a la Shmoop

Greetings, fellow traveler. You hold in your hand the incomparable Shmoop 101 primer on equities and investment companies. We are about to embark on a journey through the world of company ownership and mutual fund hullabaloo. Hang on tight.

Common Stock

Common stock represents a slice of the pie—in other words, ownership in a company. Say you can buy one share of Google for about $500. If Google has about 330 million shares outstanding, that means that there are 330 million slices in the GOOG p...

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