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Old 24-09-2013, 03:40 PM   #4
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You have to distinguish between stocks and bonds. Corporations usually trade stocks - that is to say, equity interests in the company. So when you buy stock, you're buying a certain amount of the corporation. Governments, however, trade in bonds, which are creditor interests. When you buy bonds, you're not getting any equity, or ownership of the government, you're simply lending it money.
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