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Glossary Term: PREFERRED STOCK

Definition(s) for PREFERRED STOCK:


1. ) refers to a type of capital stock that pays dividends at a set rate. Generally, dividend payments to preferred holders must be made before common stock dividends can be paid. Preferred stocks generally do not have voting rights.

2. ) A type of stock that pays a fixed dividend regardless of corporate earnings, and which has priority over common stock in the payment of dividends. However, it carries no voting rights, and should earnings rise significantly the preferred holder is stuck with the same fixed dividend while common holders collect more. The fixed income stream of preferred stock makes it similar in many ways to bonds.

3. ) Preferred stock is a form of ownership interest in a bank holding company or other company which entitles its holders to some preference or priority over the owners of common stock, usually with respect to dividends or asset distributions in a liquidation.



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