The main benefit of being a shareholder is that you can make money on the stock market sometimes at huge rates of growth. You can also “determine your own risk strategy to suit your profile, which will enable you to cover your losses as well as determine how to manage your profits,” says Joubert.
When you own shares in a company, you own a part of that company. This means, you’ll also have the chance to share in the capital growth of the company by receiving dividends.
A key advantage is you’ll also have a voice and a vote in the running of the company. You’ll be able to attend AGMs and make your feelings known. By speaking out, and asserting your right to be kept informed of appropriate developments, you may be able to influence direction and policy. This means, “you’ll be able to take a direct, personal interest in the company, its products and services, and the industry in which it operates,” says Joubert.