Preferred stock is a mixed stock because it combines the characteristics of ordinary stocks and bonds. At the same time, it has a number of unique features that make it different from both.
Popular stock characteristics
Preferred shares show part ownership in the company and pay quarterly dividends.
Preferred shares pay high current earnings (albeit in the form of dividends) and can be called (buy-back) in the denomination (denomination) under certain conditions. Some preferred shares can be converted into ordinary shares under certain conditions.
Preferred shareholders have no 2016 2016. Ordinary shares are perpetual securities, while most preferred stocks have trading days. Preferred shares can be accumulated (allowing its owner to enjoy any dividends and liability), while if the dividend on ordinary shares is suspended or ignored, then the owner of ordinary shares does not have removable rights.
Unlike bond yields, preferred dividends can be ignored or suspended without causing inside provisions.
Worst of both worlds
Preferred stocks have limited bullish potential because of the call feature. Bonds have priority over preferred shares for corporate assets that are bankrupt or liquidated.