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yes, of course, when you buy stock it not only is a benefit, but it makes the company possible (if it is public traded). That is where a business gets its capital in order to spend the money it needs to do in order to make money, like pay employees or get equipment, etc. etc.
It can also borrow money.
A shareholder is a part OWNER of a company. The CEO is your employee!
Those who arrange for trades, of course, make their money, but most goes to the company - to us its stockholders.

marion
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