In the article “What are Shares?”, Dr. John White states that holding a share in a company appoints its possessor as owner of the company, granting him the possibility of receiving the dividends of the shares, of being participate of its assets and properties, and grants him a vote in the company’s business. Other shares like non-voting shares award its holders with the same benefits as the original shares but they do not allow the owner to vote in the company’s business in order to maintain the company under the control of its original owners. Both shareholders benefit of receiving dividends which are a portion of the profits of the company that are destined to its owners, the rest will be saved to fund the company’s growth. Another benefit consists of acquiring a stake of the businesses assets and properties, which include from cash-in-hand to work-in-hand. These assets, which once determined the nominal share value, determine the company’s capacity to make profits. A company with a greater amount of assets is most likely to become profitable in the future. The last advantage, which only affects the holders of the original share, is the right to vote in concern to the company’s business. This right enables the shareholder to vote in the business and therefore, influence the company’s control.

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