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What is the difference between common and preferred stock?

The main difference is that common stockholders have voting rights while preferred stockholders do not. However, preferred stockholders are guaranteed rights to a share in the profits through a dividend. Additionally, preferred stockholders have liquidation preference, which means they get their money back before any common shareholders if the company’s assets are liquidated.


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