All About Stock Coalinga CA

Learn the true value of owning stock shares in a company.

Jean Sinclair
Avenue Advisors, LLC
(858) 581-3824
12707 High Bluff Dr., Suite 200
San Diego, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MBA, MS

Christopher Jaccard
Financial Alternatives, Inc.
(858) 459-8289
7734 Herschel Avenue, Suite M
La Jolla, CA
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Alternative or Private Investments, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFA, CFP®

Ted George
George Financial Advisors
(831) 438-6000
5900 Butler Lane
Scotts Valley, CA
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, MSFP

Jennifer Hartman
Greenleaf Financial Group
(323) 330-0579
5900 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 2600
Los Angeles, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Hourly Financial Planning Services, College/Education Planning, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CFS, MFA

David Barnett
Barnett Financial Planning
(714) 731-6300
1442 Irvine, Blvd., Suite 212
Tustin, CA
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, Real Estate Investments, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Tina Anders
Anders Financial Planning
(707) 765-9025
7 Fourth Street, Suite 66
Petaluma, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Socially Responsible Investments, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Charles Hayes
Hayes & Associates, CPAs
(619) 435-4195
1001 B Avenue, Suite 211
Coronado, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, College/Education Planning, Tax Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA, CPA/PFS

Cathy Curtis
Curtis Financial Planning
(510) 451-3528
3824 Grand Avenue, Suite 100
Oakland, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

David Little
Eclectic Associates, Inc.
(714) 738-0220
1021 W. Bastanchury Road, Suite 120
Fullerton, CA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, College/Education Planning, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Tax Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFA, CFP®

Milo Benningfield
Benningfield Financial Advisors
(415) 561-6688
Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, JD

All About Stock

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Buying and selling shares of stock is at the root of American capitalism, the mechanism by which great companies have been built ever since the New York Stock Exchange was created way back in 1789. But what's truly great about the American stock market is that anyone, not just the rich and privileged, can participate.

Let's start at the beginning. A stock isn't some abstract concept. A stock represents a single share of ownership in a company. When you own a stock, you're actually a part owner of a corporation, with all the rights and responsibilities that come along with that. As a shareholder, you have a say in how the company operates - though if the company has issued millions or even billions of shares, your 10 or 100 shares might not make you the most influential shareholder!

Companies issue stock in the first place so that they can raise capital to run their business. A corporation sells off shares to outside investors in organized fashion in a public offering; the first of which is its initial public offering (or IPO).

The company can issue common stock or preferred stock.

  • Common stock represents a simple share of ownership; if the company were to go bankrupt, it would have no financial liability to common shareholders, so those shares would likely become worthless.
  • Preferred shares, on the other hand, get some special perks, which might include higher dividends or a larger vote in running the company. Preferred shares aren't as common as common stock, so you might never own preferred stock in your portfolio.
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