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Definition of Voting rights

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Voting rights

The right to vote on matters that are put to a vote of security holders. For example the right to
vote for directors.



Related Terms:

Common Stock

That part of the capital stock of a corporation that carries voting rights and represents
the last claim on assets and dividends.


Preferred stock

A security that shows ownership in a corporation and gives the holder a claim, prior to the
claim of common stockholders, on earnings and also generally on assets in the event of liquidation. Most
preferred stock pays a fixed dividend that is paid prior to the common stock dividend, stated in a dollar
amount or as a percentage of par value. This stock does not usually carry voting rights. The stock shares
characteristics of both common stock and debt.


Preferred stock

A type of stock that usually pays a fixed dividend prior to any distributions
to the holders of common stock. In the event of liquidation, it must be paid
off before common stock. It can, but rarely does, have voting rights.


Appraisal rights

A right of shareholders in a merger to demand the payment of a fair price for their shares, as
determined independently.


Block voting

A group of shareholders banding together to vote their shares in a single block.



Cum rights

With rights.


Cumulative voting

A system of voting for directors of a corporation in which shareholder's total number of
votes is equal to his number of shares held times the number of candidates.


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cumulative voting

voting system in which all the votes one shareholder is allowed to cast can be cast for one candidate for the board of directors.


Dividend rights

A shareholders' rights to receive per-share dividends identical to those other shareholders receive.


Ex-rights

In connection with a rights offering, shares of stock that are trading without the rights attached.


Ex-rights date

The date on which a share of common stock begins trading ex-rights.


Liquidation rights

The rights of a firm's securityholders in the event the firm liquidates.


Majority voting

voting system under which each director is voted upon separately. Related: cumulative voting.


majority voting

voting system in which each director is voted on separately.


Property rights

rights of individuals and companies to own and utilize property as they see fit and to receive
the stream of income that their property generates.


rights issue

Issue of securities offered only to current stockholders.


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Rights offering

Issuance of "rights" to current shareholders allowing them to purchase additional shares,
usually at a discount to market price. Shareholders who do not exercise these rights are usually diluted by the
offering. rights are often transferable, allowing the holder to sell them on the open market to others who may
wish to exercise them. rights offerings are particularly common to closed end funds, which cannot otherwise
issue additional common stock.


Rights-on

Shares trading with rights attached to them.



Special drawing rights (SDR)

A form of international reserve assets, created by the IMF in 1967, whose
value is based on a portfolio of widely used currencies.


Straight voting

A shareholder may cast all of his votes for each candidate for the board of directors.


Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994

A federal act that minimizes the impact on people serving in the Armed Forces
when they return to civilian employment by avoiding discrimination and increasing
their employment opportunities.


With rights

Purchase of shares in which the buyer is entitled to the rights to buy shares in the company's
rights issue.


Series

Options: All option contracts of the same class that also have the same unit of trade, expiration date,
and exercise price. Stocks: shares which have common characteristics, such as rights to ownership and voting,
dividends, par value, etc. In the case of many foreign shares, one series may be owned only by citizens of the
country in which the stock is registered.



 

 

 

 

 

 

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