Money has become essential for one to afford almost everything and basic needs needed for a comfortable life. Jobs requiring physical effort are the most common for many people although some do not necessarily require this. One can get a stock certificate which is essentially a document to show that you are a shareholder in a certain company. Companies can raise money to expand or give better services by selling a part of itself to investors who become partial owners of the company. A share of profits made by the company later on can be claimed by the investors after producing the stock certificate given during registration. This is a great opportunity to invest since the business may end up being very successful resulting to large amounts of profits for the shareholders.
After buying the shares, clients were usually given the stock certificate which was a document in paper form but uniquely designed. Each certificate was designed and included with credentials including names, identification number and the date that the certificate was issued to the holder. To prevent cases of forgery, the document included seals, watermarks and some signatures that were hard to replicate. Before being given the profits, the company first checked for the authenticity of the certificate to avoid fraud. As time evolved, there has been the introduction of digital forms that have replaced these stock paper forms used initially.
In the digital certificates, a company keeps a record of transactions carried out for the certificate in computers. It is easier dealing with such digital forms known as book-entry since it eliminates the extra work needed to print and file paperwork. However, companies are obligated to give paper forms of the certificate to shareholders if they request for such. If one chooses to be provided with paper forms, they can not use the digital forms from then unless they shift to digital again. One can seek the help of brokers to have them contact a company and have them produces a certificate for the client.
Transactions between a company and their shareholders can be carried out by the brokers who become intermediaries between them. Optionally, one can decide to get the certificate themselves from the company where no intermediary is involved. The another channel of acquiring the forms is by using transfer agents such as banks to be links between clients and the firms. Digital forms are easy to manage for both clients and the firms since one can get access from computing devices anytime from anywhere using the internet. A a client should counter check prices charged by various brokers before hiring them to get the fairest charging brokers.