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Book Entry

The "book entry" form of ownership allows you to own securities without a certificate. Stock in direct investment plans, Treasury securities purchased directly from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and recently issued municipal bonds are held in book entry form.

To learn more about the different ways securities can be held or registered, you can read Holding Your Securities—Get the Facts.


We have provided this information as a service to investors.  It is neither a legal interpretation nor a statement of SEC policy.  If you have questions concerning the meaning or application of a particular law or rule, please consult with an attorney who specializes in securities law.

Modified: 10/05/2005