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What are equity securities?

Equity securities are shares of common stock and preferred stock that represent claims on their proportional share in a company's net assets and profits. They represent equity ownership in a company, and usually provide voting rights to the holder.

How are equity securities traded?

They may be traded either on an exchange or in the over-the-counter market. More details on exchanges and the over-the-counter market can be found by visiting the following websites:

How can I find more information about the equity capital market?

More details on the equity market and the major stock exchanges can be obtained by visiting the Securities and Exchange Commission website.
Last Updated: 12/5/2010 9:37 AM