A corporation or individual who retains ownership of at least a single company share is considered a shareholder. Such individuals and corporations stand to make a profit whenever the company in which they hold stock does well, which also means they stand to lose money should the company not fare well. While shareholders are essentially owners of a company, they are not held responsible for the company’s financial obligations, such as debts. What’s more is shareholders have no say in the day-to-day operations of the company in which they own stock, but they do have a vote in corporate matters. Shareholders might also be referred to as stockholders.
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