Did you find stock certificates in your uncle’s old chest in the attic? Are you trying to calculate your capital gains or losses for your taxes? An old stock certificate may still have value even if it no longer trades under the name printed on the certificate. Learn the best resources and strategies for researching old Stocks.
Stock - A type of security that signifies ownership in a corporation and represents a claim on part of the corporation's assets and earnings.
CUSIP - An identification number assigned to all stocks and registered bonds. Some services have a feature where you can search for stocks by CUSIP.
Exchange - A stock exchange is an exchange or stock market where stock brokers and traders can buy or sell stocks (also called shares), bonds, and other securities.
Close / Closing price - The price of a security at the end of the day's business in a financial market.
Adjusted Close - The adjusted closing price is often used when examining historical returns or performing a detailed analysis on historical returns.
The more information you know about a security the easier it is to find the price. The information most commonly used to help find a price:
Other useful information:
Below is a sample stock certificate. Not all stock certificates look like this one but the information can be found in similar places. From top to bottom, the boxed information is the: