I forgot to include the fact that the debentures holder has to pay full income tax on the 8% interest received

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If, instead of buying \$10,000 of debenture, one were to buy today \$10,000 of \$2.75 shares, what would the difference be in 5 years time ? Well, 5 years later :

-  The owner of the debentures exchanges his \$10,000 for 2857 shares, having accumulated also \$4,000 in cash (\$800 x 5) over the years (not including compounding)

-  The owner of the shares still has his 3636 shares (10,000 / 2.75)

Thus the debentures person has \$4,000 more but 779 shares less. How much are worth those 779 shares in 5 years time ??? Your guess is as good as mine, but let's just say that if those shares are worth only \$5.14 then the final value is the same ( 779 x \$5.14 = \$4,004 ). But of course in five years, if the SP is at \$20, then you're much better off  than with the debentures... ( 779 x \$20 = \$15,580 ) Of course the bright debentures person should buy more ORT shares with his quarterly \$200, but even then...

Conclusion : the debentures are for safe investing while optimists can just buy shares.