Types of Stocks


Index: Browse through the pages


What are Stocks/Shares? 

Why do I buy Stocks?

Where do I buy Stocks?

How do I claim a Stock?

Why do companies issue shares?

What are types of stocks?

How are the stock prices decided?

What are BULLS and BEARS?

Why do stock prices change?

Who are the share brokers?

Risks of Shares

 Virtual Stock Market Game

Some myths: Fear on investing in stock markets

Real Stock Exchanges in India

Sensex: A brief Intro


Mainly there are two types of stocks

1. Common Stocks

Common stocks are the type we generally refer in everyday usage. They are stocks that come with:

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In the long run, common stocks give the maximum return if the company grows (Capital Growth). They also have certain risks which we’ll discuss in the risks section.

2. Preferred Stocks

They have

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But, no voting rights.

Now who cares for voting rights? Can as a Microsoft shareholder, I will be able to vote Bill Gates out? No! Preferred shares are more preferred because they have lesser risks than common shares. Again, I’ll discuss the same in the risks of the share market.