There are several types of stocks
This is the most common form of stock an investor will encounter.
Anyone can own common stock since there are no restrictions on who can purchase it
Common stockholders have the last claim on assets if the company dissolves after bondholders, other creditors, and preferred stockholders.
A company must pay dividends to its preferred stock shareholders before it can pay any
dividends to its common stockholders. If a company goes bankrupt, preferred stockholders' claims on the company's assets are
considered before those of the common shareholders.