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Common stock is an ownership share in a corporation that allows its holders voting rights at shareholder meetings and the opportunity to receive dividends. If the corporation liquidates, then common stockholders receive their share of the proceeds of the liquidation after all creditors and preferred stockholders have been paid. This low level of liquidation preference can present a danger of lost funds when an investor owns the common stock of a business that is in financial difficulties. However, if a business is highly profitable, most of the benefits accrue to the common stockholders.