How to Buy Paper Stock Certificates

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A paper stock certificate states your official stake in the company. Traditionally, all stocks were issued as paper certificates. However, with the advent of the Internet and electronic transactions, stocks are purchased, managed, tracked and sold electronically. There are several ways in which you can purchase paper stock certificates for your files.

  • Determine which company you want to purchase. You can purchase paper certificates from some companies for a substantial fee (usually around $50 to $75, as of January 2010). This is in addition to the market value of the stock.

  • Contact your broker. Ask them if they have access to paper stock certificates. If you are already paying brokerage fees, they might provide a discount. If your broker is large enough, they might also sell actual certificates. The part of the brokerage or bank that does this is called Custody Operations.

  • Contact RealStockCertificates.com. This company specializes in stock certificates. They have stocks that are over 100+ years old, as well as an online database where you can view stock certificates and the current selling price.

  • Visit OneShare.com. Oneshare allows you to purchase framed shares of stock to keep for yourself or give as gifts. The price of the frame stock certificate will depend on the actual price of the stock. For instance, Cheesecake Factory (NYSE: CAKE) might be trading for $20, however, the fee may differ with the inclusion of a frame, matte, and anything you want engraved on the certificate.

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