Sunday, December 26, 2010

Shareholder

A shareholder is an investor who is registered as owning shares in a company or mutual fund. Their details, including address, name, no. of shares held, etc, will be listed in the company's share registrar. Most companies will use a registry service e.g. Computershare. Shareholders are due a set of rights as set out in the companies act e.g. the right to vote, pecuniary interest in the company's assets and earnings (usually ranking below all other claims), and typically limited liability.

Synonyms: Stock holder, Unit holder, Scheme member

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