In finance an A share is a designation for a 'class' of common or preferred stock that typically has weakened voting rights or other benefits compared to B share or C share that may have been created. The equity structure, or how many types of shares are offered, is determined by the corporate charter.
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What is 'A-Share'
In a family of multi-class mutual funds, this is the class that is usually characterized by a loaded fee structure. Class A mutual fund units will commonly have a front- or rear-end load, to compensate for the sales person's commission. Not all fund companies follow this class structure; however, it is the prominent method of distinction.
Typically, the class A fund has a lower management expense ratio compared to the other classes within the same family. This is due to the load that is added to the acquisition cost, or redemption.