Cincinnati, LaFayette and Chicago Railroad Company signed by Alfred H. SmithInv# AG1606 Stock
Stock issued to and signed on the back by A. H. Smith. Portrait and biography included with stock.
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.