Baltimore Athenian Society - Early StocksInv# ES1090 Stock
Early Stock! The Baltimore Athenian Society, founded in 1809, was patterned after the Philadelphia Domestic Society. This institution also "made advances to the more humble fabricators of goods".
A stock certificate is issued by businesses, usually companies. A stock is part of the permanent finance of a business. Normally, they are never repaid, and the investor can recover his/her money only by selling to another investor. Most stocks, or also called shares, earn dividends, at the business's discretion, depending on how well it has traded. A stockholder or shareholder is a part-owner of the business that issued the stock certificates.