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Owning a business involves complex securities rules and regulations, which makes understanding these laws necessary in order to not jeopardize your company. Understanding these laws allows you to easily comply with them, which can allow you to offer opportunities to investors to purchase shares. Regardless of if you own a small business or a large […]
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Save Time and Money This Press Release Season with Colonial Stock Transfer! Are you weary of paying Overage Fees and would rather have a flat rate? Would you like to reduce the costs of nationwide coverage? Do you want to increase traffic to your website? By making Colonial Stock Transfer your press release service provider, […]
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A transfer agent is a third party financial institution that is appointed by a corporation, mutual fund or other organization to act as the master securityholder recordkeeping agent and perform any transactions that may affect the securities and/or shareholders for that company. Transfer agents primary tasks include the issuance and cancellation of stock/security certificates, stock […]
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Chairman Jeb Hensarling sponsored the Financial Choice Act (H.R. 5983) on September 13, 2016. This bill alters many parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as well as addressing long-standing and recent issues. Financial Policy Regulation Changes: Leverage Ratio Under a leverage ratio, all assets are treated the same regardless of […]
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The Depository Trust Company (DTC) is proposing a new Rule 33, which would establish new circumstances under which the DTC would be allowed to release a Deposit Chill or Global Lock, in addition to the opportunity that Issuers have to challenge the restriction. The DTC is a critical component for the National Clearance and Settlement […]
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On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to change Rule 147 and creating new Rule 147A. Additionally, amendments will be made to Rule 504 of Regulation D. These changes are intending to modernize how issuers can raise money to fund their businesses. Amendment to Rule 504 Rule 504 of Regulation D […]
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DTC Eligibility is a term used when the securities of a public company become eligible for deposit into the DTC. DTC stands for the Depository Trust Company, which was founded in 1973 and is currently the largest depository in the world. Once securities are DTC eligible, brokers are able to easily process and clear transactions, […]
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When you attempt to start any small business or other venture and need funding, crowdfunding is an excellent option. Crowdfunding allows for funding through various investors and entrepreneurs using different web portals. Often, the desired funding involves contributions made by investors, which is known as securities-based crowdfunding. Since this type of crowdfunding requires you to […]
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The SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies met on February 25, 2016 to discuss access to capital and private offerings. This Committee was organized by the SEC to provide advice on any rules, regulations, and policies and was designed to protect investors. In the Committee’s discussion of capital and private offerings, they listened […]
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On June 17, 2016 the SEC approved IEX as a national stock exchange. The approval marks the first time since July 2013 that the SEC has sanctioned a new trading exchange. What is IEX? IEX stands for Investors’ Exchange and is a national stock exchange designed to slow down trades used by high-frequency traders in […]

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Shareholders, by virtue of their ownership interest in a corporation, are usually entitled to one vote per share in corporate elections or certain other policy decisions. This is true for the approval or disapproval of pension plans, additional stock authorizations, and mergers. If the shareholders can attend the annual meeting or special meetings called from […]
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In a new rule effective January 1, 2010, the SEC has eliminated discretionary voting on directors by brokers. In the past, this rule allowed brokers to vote proxies on behalf of beneficial shareholders for uncontested directors for publicly held companies, as long as the beneficial shareholder had received the proxy materials with plenty of time […]
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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, made key changes in the way corporate actions are handled this past year, including eliminating time-consuming paperwork and adding issuer fees for corporate action processing. As far as paper elimination is concerned, FINRA has created interactive PDF documents for both issuers and transfer agents involved in the corporate […]
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As large and small reporting companies get ready for their annual meetings this year they should keep in mind the new rules involving shareholder approval on executive compensation. These rules, required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, will need to be included on all proxy cards after Jan. 21, 2011. The […]
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As large and small reporting companies get ready for their annual meetings this year, they should keep in mind the new rules involving shareholder approval on executive compensation. These rules, required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, will need to be included on all proxy cards after Jan. 21, 2011. The […]
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Currently, thousands of companies or their consultants are dealing with the burden of filing financials in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) formats. We have several tips gathered from industry experts, including SEC staff to help you better prepare your financials and produce more accurate and better quality filings. 1. Prepare your financials properly. A large […]
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A Message From President Kathy Carter On October 13, 1987, Colonial Stock Transfer began what continues to be an amazing journey since the company signed its first client to transfer agent services. As we mark the 25th anniversary of those first stock transfers, we wanted to express our appreciation and our gratitude to all of […]
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The NYSE proposes a beneficial holder proxy fee increase to be charged to issuers by brokers (Broadridge). These proposals result in several fee increases that affect both large and small issuers. Here are some of the notable changes and increases: Intermediary Unit Fees – There was a 28% increase for issuers with under 10,000 accounts. […]
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The Securities Transfer Association (STA) has commented on the broker fee increase proposal submitted by the NYSE PFAC committee and has disagreed on several points. With an 18-month effort by NYSE PFAC to review and update the broker proxy fee schedule, the STA has recommended that the fee proposal should be disapproved for several reasons: […]
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DTCC (“DTC”) released a press release on March 12, 2013 regarding the proposed steps to continue with the dematerialization of physical securities in the United States. The proposals specifically relate to physical certificate elimination, which will help to lower costs and mitigate risk for the individual shareholder and the issuer. In the press release, DTC […]

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