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{{#invoke:redirect hatnote|redirect}} In financial markets, a share is a unit of account for various investments. It often means the stock of a corporation, but is also used for collective investments such as mutual funds, limited partnerships, and real estate investment trusts.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The term 'share' is defined by section 2(46) of the Companies Act 1956 as - "share means a share in the share capital of a company includes stock except where a distinction between stock and share is expressed or implied".

Corporations issue shares which are offered for sale to raise share capital. The owner of shares in the corporation is a shareholder (or stockholder) of the corporation.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> A share is an indivisible unit of capital, expressing the ownership relationship between the company and the shareholder. The denominated value of a share is its face value, and the total of the face value of issued shares represent the capital of a company,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> which may not reflect the market value of those shares.

The income received from the ownership of shares is a dividend. The process of purchasing and selling shares often involves going through a stockbroker as a middle man.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


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{{#invoke:redirect hatnote|redirect}} In financial markets, a share is a unit of account for various investments. It often means the stock of a corporation, but is also used for collective investments such as mutual funds, limited partnerships, and real estate investment trusts.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The term 'share' is defined by section 2(46) of the Companies Act 1956 as - "share means a share in the share capital of a company includes stock except where a distinction between stock and share is expressed or implied".

Corporations issue shares which are offered for sale to raise share capital. The owner of shares in the corporation is a shareholder (or stockholder) of the corporation.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> A share is an indivisible unit of capital, expressing the ownership relationship between the company and the shareholder. The denominated value of a share is its face value, and the total of the face value of issued shares represent the capital of a company,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> which may not reflect the market value of those shares.

The income received from the ownership of shares is a dividend. The process of purchasing and selling shares often involves going through a stockbroker as a middle man.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


Share (finance) sections
Intro  Valuation  Terminology  Tax treatment  Share certificates  References  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Valuation
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