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What is the difference between Shares and Bonds?

Asked by G. Woods, Last updated: Jul 08, 2020

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O.Olivia

O.Olivia

Answered Mar 05, 2020

There are some differences between stocks and bonds that you should know so that you will know their differences when you are choosing to make some investments. Stocks are known to be the shares that can be found in the ownership of the business while the bonds are allowing you to have a more secure income that you may get semi-annually.

Stocks are considered to be more appropriate when you know that there is potential that they would appreciate over time. When the price of the stocks increases, that is the time when you can sell them or purchase more stocks as investments. You may choose to have both stocks and bonds for a higher possible return of investments.

 

W.Willow

W.Willow

Answered Feb 28, 2020

Shares and bonds are most times confused to be the same thing. This is not true as there are some differences between the two. Whenever big companies want to source for money, they resort to the selling of stocks. These stocks can either be in the form of bonds or shares. If companies want to share the ownership title of the companies with other people who often come as stakeholders, they sell stocks to people in the form of shares. By this, the shareholders are treated like investors, which means their gains are based on what the company is getting as income.

This seems risky because the company might run into a loss, and little or nothing will be paid to shareholders. On the other hand, bonds are sold to people when the founder of a company doesn't want other people to be part of his business. The bond being sold is just a way of borrowing from people with the expectation that certain fixed rates will be paid to the lenders. Buying bonds is not as risky as buying shares.
 

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