A and B shares


    An A share is the designation for a class of common or preferred stock. A shares usually have enhanced voting rights or other benefits compared to other share classes offered for a company. Their availability is likely to be very limited as they are most likely to be held by the company directors to ensure they retain control of the company.

    B shares are classed as ordinary stock in a company that offers tiers of shares. They generally carry few voting rights but usually entitle investors to the same or a similar percentage of profit share.