preference shares
Preference Shares have preferred rights that rank ahead of ordinary shares. The rights are commonly (1) a dividend of fixed percentage of their nominal value payable annually on set dates, often cumulative (i.e. if not paid the dividend is carried forward

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preference shares
Generally, shares which rank ahead of other shares either as to dividends or capital or both, but which carry limited voting rights. They are normally fixed-income shares; they do not usually participate in the success of the company and are therefore generally a less risky form of investment than ordinary shares. The exact nature of preference shares and the rights attaching to them are set out in the company's articles of association.
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