is there a difference between public deposit and shares ????

Hey Albin,

Yes, public deposits and shares are two different sources of finance. ‚ÄčThese two sources are explained below: 
1. Public deposits: Organisations raise public deposits directly from the public to finance their short-term as well as medium-term financial requirements. The rate of return on such deposits is generally higher than the return paid on bank deposits. In case a person is interested in investing in a business (by depositing money), then he or she can submit a prescribed form along with the deposit. In return for this sum borrowed, the organisation issues a deposit receipt as a token of acknowledgment of the debt.
2. Shares: refer to the unit of ownership that a company offers for sale with the purpose of raising capital. Shares are broadly classified in two categories as preference shares and equity shares. 
(a) Equity shares: These shares represent the ownership capital of a company. The holders of such shares are known as equity share holders and enjoy a say in the management and gain higher returns when the profits are higher. They are also called the owners of the company, or residual owners, since payments to them are made only after paying the external debts or claims.
(b) Preference shares: These types of shares provide the shareholders a preferential right regarding the repayment of capital and payment of earnings after a certain specified period of time. Such repayment to the preference share holders is made in accordance with the terms specified in Section 80 of the Companies Act, 1956


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