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Should your company issue stock certificates?

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

In the past, a stock certificate, demonstrating an owned financial interest in a company,was generally required by law to be an actual piece of paper. Traditional stock certificates bore a date of issuance, the number of shares, the name of the recipient, a serial number, plus a corporate seal and the signatures of corporate authorities. Many were printed quite handsomely on parchment-like paper, with richly decorative engravings and borders. While a few companies still issue such traditional certificates, and some states encourage doing so, most stocks these days are represented digitally.