What is Common Stock?

Patrick Curtis

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Patrick Curtis WSO Editorial Board

Expertise: Investment Banking | Private Equity

Common Stock is a security issued by a company and it represents partial ownership of that company. The holder has voting rights over corporate strategy and election of the board of directors.

In the event of default, the holders of common stock will be paid off from liquidation of the company assets after the bondholders, preferred shareholders and any other debt holder has received their money in full, i.e. common stock holders are the lowest repayment priority.

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Patrick Curtis is a member of WSO Editorial Board which helps ensure the accuracy of content across top articles on Wall Street Oasis. He has experience in investment banking at Rothschild and private equity at Tailwind Capital along with an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He is also the founder and current CEO of Wall Street Oasis This content was originally created by member WallStreetOasis.com and has evolved with the help of our mentors.