- the total stock authorized or issued by a corporation.
- the book value of the outstanding shares of a corporation, including retained earnings and amounts paid in by stockholders.
Origin of capital stock
First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples of capital stock
A savings bank is taxed on its deposits, and a state bank is taxed on its capital-stock.
- the par value of the total share capital that a company is authorized to issue
- the total physical capital existing in an economy at any moment of time
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