If you lose your stock certificate, there is no need to panic. Even without the certificate, that person still owns the shares. Most, if not all, stock certificates issued today are in registered form. This is contrary to bearer form. When a stock is in bearer form, the only proof of the stock is the certificate itself. This is very rare and would make it nearly impossible to issue a lost stock certificate bond. This bond is a type of surety bond. So what is a surety bond? To put it simply, surety bonds are a legally binding contract between three different parties. They make sure that one party (the principal) meets the demands of the other (the obligee). A third party, the surety, guarantees that the principal will fulfill the obligations of the bond. These obligations depend on what type of bond it is and what its purpose is. The important distinction here is that a surety bond is not insurance. The bond is in place to protect the obligee (in the case of the lost stock certificate bond, the obligee is the transfer agent and the company that issued the stock certificate).
In order to replace the physical certificate, the shareholder must contact the company’s stock transfer agent. Most transfer agents are banks or trust companies. Sometimes a company acts as its own transfer agent. You can usually find the contact information of the transfer agent by visiting the website of the company in which you own the stock. If the information is not available on the website, contact the firm’s investor relations department.
A transfer agent is a trust company, bank, or similar institution assigned by a corporation for the purposes of maintaining an investor’s financial records and tracking each investor’s account balance. The transfer agent records transactions, cancels and issues certificates, processes investor mailings, and handles a host of other investor problems, including reissuing lost or stolen certificates. The lost stock certificate bond will name both the transfer agent and the issuing company as obligees.
Transfer agents work closely with registrars to ensure investors receive their due interest and dividend payments in a timely manner. Transfer agents likewise oversee the mailing of monthly investment statements to mutual fund shareholders.
Personal indemnity is usually required. The applicant agrees to hold the surety harmless is there is claim on the lost stock certificate bond, is almost always required for this type of bond. About the only way that there could be a loss on this type of bond is a fraudulent transaction. The principal (party requiring the bond) through malfeasance and in conjunction with a person or personas at the transfer agency, figure out a way to defraud the system and a claim is made. As such, while personal indemnity is usually required, it is a very low risk proposition for the principal. Other underwriting requirements may include verification of personal assets. This is usually only required for very large bonds or in cases where the principal has challenged credit.
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The lost stock certificate bond is fairly easy to obtain—all we need is a completed application. Most transfer agents charge 3% or more for this type of bond. Get your quote form Surety1 and save money. The bond amount is based on the value of the securities on the day the transfer agent issued the stop transfer. Obtaining your bond via surety1.com will save you money. The transfer agent will usually provide you with a quote for this bond. You are under no obligation to use the transfer agent’s bond option.
After you apply, usually within one business day one of our surety bond professional agents will contact you either with a firm, no obligation quote for the bond or request additional information. Occasionally, depending on the specific circumstances, the underwriting company (surety) will request additional information or clarification(s).
The bonds are usually open penalty. This means the amount of the bond would automatically increase if the value of the stock increased. The premium will be based on the value of the stock at the time the stop notice is issued by the transfer agent. The premium is due one time only, at the time of issuance (there is no renewal required). You can apply for this bond using our easy to use, online application.
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