Someone explain to me how you can make money by moving numbers around
Lets say I buy some shares of 4chan inc. :
What am I actually buying?
4chan Inc. has to be approved through a process to be able to qualify to be listed on the stock market. Basically 4chan Inc gets a loan from a bank and then that loan, or optionally the entire company's current value, is broken off into shares(stocks).
These shares are sold publicly, so the more 4chan Inc grows the more the company is worth, therefore increasing the value of each share.
Shares are literal pieces of the company, so each share holds 1 vote. More shares equal more votes. Usually the primary owners holds 51% of the shares.