What are Preference Shares?

Preference shares (or preferred shares or preferred stocks) are very different from ordinary shares. They usually carries no voting rights, but have priority over ordinary shares in the payment of dividends.

Preference shares can be further classified into two types: cumulative and non-cumulative. For cumulative preference shares, any dividends that are not settled from previous year will be carried forward to the next period. But for non-cumulative preference shares, any dividends that are not paid previously cannot be carried forward.

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