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Is it possible to research old bond certificates through the public library?

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One can research old bond certificates through the public library, as well as on the Internet and through a stockbroker's office, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The agency responsible for incorporations in the state in which the company incorporated may also have valuable information for research purposes.

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Checking the local library for copies of books such as “The Robert D. Fisher Manual of Valuable and Worthless Securities” and the “Directory of Obsolete Securities” is a good first step in researching an old stock or bond certificate, claims the Office of the South Dakota State Treasurer.

Even if the name of the bond on the old certificate is no longer the name under which the bond trades, it might still retain some value, explains the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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