Advanced English Dialogue for Business – Preference shares

Listen to a Business English Dialogue About Preference shares

Quinn: Hi Dennis, do you know what preference shares are in business and finance?

Dennis: Hey Quinn! Yes, preference shares are a type of stock that gives shareholders priority over common stockholders when it comes to dividends and assets in the event of liquidation.

Quinn: Oh, I see. So, preference shareholders get paid dividends before common shareholders and have a higher claim on company assets if it goes bankrupt?

Dennis: Exactly! They typically don’t have voting rights but enjoy the advantage of receiving fixed dividends, making them more like debt instruments than common shares.

Quinn: That makes sense. So, preference shares offer a balance between the stability of fixed income and the potential for growth through dividends?

Dennis: Absolutely! They’re often attractive to investors seeking steady income with less risk compared to common stock.

Quinn: Thanks for clarifying, Dennis. Preference shares seem like an interesting investment option.

Dennis: No problem, Quinn. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!