Are Old Stocks Worth Anything?

Old stock certificates shouldn’t be simply thrown away.

They can still have value if they represent an existing or merged company, or if they are valued as collectibles.

If the stock has split over the years, the amount listed might not be the amount your certificate is worth.

How do I find out if my old stocks are worth anything?

How to Find the Value of Your Old Stock Certificates

  • Step 1: Head Down to the Library. There are reasonably priced databases although many of those are available at your local library.
  • Step 2: State Business Entity Search. Let’s continue with Bowser Delaware Corp.
  • Step 3: Contact the Company’s Transfer Agent.
  • Step 4: Professional Help.

How do you cash in old stock certificates?

How Do I Cash an Old Stock Certificate?

  1. Locate the Company. The first step is making sure the company is still in business.
  2. Find the CUSIP Number. The secretary of state’s office in the state of incorporation must be listed on the stock certificate.
  3. Contact the Transfer Agent.
  4. Complete the Transfer Form.
  5. Place an Order.
  6. Keep Old Certificates.

How do I find old stocks I own?

Researching Old Stock Certificates

If your lost shares are long-term stock holdings, check to see if the company you remember was acquired or changed its name. If you are missing certificates, contact the issuing company, transfer agent or the stock brokerage where the shares were bought.

Are GM stock certificates worth anything?

But, unfortunately for shareholders in the old GM, the relative safety of the new GM’s stock is of no value to them. Shares of the old GM are canceled. Investors must learn from this situation and remember to never hold shares of an individual company’s stock this long.

What are my stocks worth?

Alternatively, you can search for the stock at a stock exchange, brokerage or company site. Multiply the stock value by the number of shares you own. Repeat this process for every company in which you own stock. Add together the company stock value figures to arrive at the total value of the shares in your portfolio.

How do I cash out my stocks?

Subtract the original purchase price of the stock from its current selling price and multiply the result by the number of shares you plan to cash out. For instance, if you bought 100 shares of stock at $30 per share and it is now selling for $40, your profit would be $10 per share times 100, or $1,000.