Essentials of investments by Bodie Z., Kane A., Marcus A.J.

By Bodie Z., Kane A., Marcus A.J.

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3 EQUITY SECURITIES Common Stock as Ownership Shares Common stocks, also known as equity securities, or equities, represent ownership shares in a corporation. , the right to any dividends that the corporation may choose to distribute). 2 The board, which meets only a few times each year, selects managers who run the corporation on a dayto-day basis. Managers have the authority to make most business decisions without the board’s approval. The board’s mandate is to oversee management to ensure that it acts in the best interests of shareholders.

Shareholders have voting rights and may receive dividends. Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition 40 I. Elements of Investments 2. Global Financial Instruments © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 Part ONE Elements of Investments Characteristics of Common Stock The two most important characteristics of common stock as an investment are its residual claim and its limited liability features. Residual claim means stockholders are the last in line of all those who have a claim on the assets and income of the corporation.

Economy in the last 75 years. In the same way that the divisor is updated for stock splits, if one firm is dropped from the average and another firm with a different price is added, the divisor has to be updated to leave Bodie−Kane−Marcus: Essentials of Investments, Fifth Edition I. Elements of Investments © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2003 2. Global Financial Instruments How the 30 Stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average Have Changed since Oct. 1, 1928 Oct. 1, 1928 1929 1930s 1940s 1950s Wright Aeronautical Curtiss-Wright (’29) Hudson Motor (’30) Coca-Cola (’32) National Steel (’35) Aluminum Co.

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