Paper stock certificates might seem like relics of the ancient past. However, in their very quaintness lies a certain solid respectability. After all, what's more comforting in our speed-of-light world than a thing of value you can actually hold in your hand? Whether you obtain a stock certificate for nostalgia, security or generosity, you need to know how to read it.
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What do you do if you have a stock certificate? First, try to determine whether or not the company still exists. Often times companies are bought out by or merged with other companies, and their names change.
Have you ever found or inherited a stock certificate for a company? What if you've never heard of the company? We'll go over how you can find out whether you were left a fortune waiting to be claimed, or just a piece of paper ready for the recycling bin.