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Transferable shares

Buying transferable shares makes you a part-owner of the business and puts you at its heart.

Transferable shares are issued by companies, but a recent law change means that they can now be issued by co-operatives too. 

Shares offer exciting social benefits. Ethex businesses are breaking new ground in many areas such as fair trade, social property and renewable energy. For example, the Ethical Property Company supports groups working for social change by developing shared office centres for non-profit organisations; and Good Energy is the only UK energy supplier where 100% of its electricity comes from renewable sources. 

In a company, transferable shares give you the right to as many votes as you hold shares, and in a co-operative they give you one vote, no matter how many shares you hold.

The returns

Transferable shares in a company pay you dividends and in a co-operative pay you interest, but only if the company makes profits.

Transferable shares are more risky than savings, and you should consider these risks carefully before investing. An investment of this nature may not be appropriate for you. Find out here

The value of transferable shares can go up or down, so you might make a gain or a loss on your investment, in addition to your dividend. In some cases, it can be harder to sell your shares as you cannot sell them back to the company, only to another investor, so you have to wait for a buyer, on Ethex or elsewhere. You can find out about the process of buying and selling transferable shares here

Products offering withdrawable shares can be found under equity investments here

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