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What's a Stock?
CNBC star Maria Bartiromo is here to school us on money matters. First, the basics: What's a stock?

"A stock is ownership in a company," Maria says. "You have a friend who is doing well and has a small business and decides, 'I want to take this business to the next level. I need money to do that. I'm going to go public. I want to sell part of that company to the public.' Then a banker comes, they value the business, they divvy it up—shares—and that gives individuals an opportunity to own part of that business."
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FROM: Things Oprah Wants to Know and You Do, Too!
Published on January 19, 2006

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