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Slothy and his Monkey have been wondering recently:

What is it that we buy when we buy a share of stock. I mean this in the absolute ideal: I know we own a percentage of the company, however small. But so what? Is the ultimate ideal (platonic?) end that of a dividend that pays the shareholders appropriately and commensurate with the company's profit? Like, if a company made a $100 and had 10 shareholders then each of them would receive $10? Under this model, we're all therefore buying shares in companies we believe will make stupidly large amounts of money so that the dividend can be sizable. Yet, if that's the case, how come we never, (rarely?) reach this ideal? Apple is making gobs of cash but the dividend is tiny in comparison. If that's the case, why are we holding the stock? What is it that we actually own besides profit in theory that never gets actualized?

What has my monkey done gone and screwed up this time around, market theory wise?

Your wisdom is appreciated in advance,

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