Popular Stock Certificates

Disney Stock Certificate

You don’t see them very often these days (I remember getting them as gifts from my parents when I was young – just to date me), but at one time you actually received a certificate when you purchased stock (shares are now typically held for investors in “street name” at their stock brokerage firm) to prove that you owned it. While I won’t pretend that buying a single share of stock for the certificate through the many sites that offer them is a sound investment (the individual stock certificates are way overpriced), they still may be an excellent gift for a child (or an adult with a particular interest).

The reason giving a stock certificate of their favorite company can be a great gift is that when they see it hanging on their wall it may inspire them to want to learn more about how the stock market works. It is a perfect reason to check the stock listings in the newspaper each morning to see how the stock did the previous night.

Another reason that stock certificates can be fun is that many are colorful and fun to look at (see Disney and DreamWorks below). So what stock certificates are popular? It depends which of the stock certificate sites you go to as they can differ by quite a bit. OneShare (lists top 10) and GiveAShare (lists 20) have only 7 stock certificates that appear on both lists:

DreamWorks Stock Certificate

  • Disney
  • DreamWorks
  • Harley Davidson
  • Microsoft
  • Coca Cola
  • Apple
  • Starbucks

Notably absent from both the lists is Google. The reason isn’t that people don’t want it, but is likely due to the fact of the price of the stock. It is several times higher than the majority of other stock certificates.

Google Stock Certificate

If you’re looking for a unique gift for a child or teenager, sit down and find out what their favorite companies are. A gift of a stock certificate may be the perfect opportunity to get them interested in the stock market and get a jump on leaning how to invest.

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6 Responses to Popular Stock Certificates

  1. fractalbrothers says:

    I love the stock market. Too bad I don’t have any money to put in it. Until I do, virtual stock exchange (vse.marketwatch.com) will have to do (search for game young investors)

  2. Steven L says:

    I got Disney Stock certificates for Christmas one year and I still have that plaque it came with. It was a nice gift and helped teach me to be wise with my money!

  3. jordan says:

    My dad got me a share of Starbucks from http://www.GiveAshare.com because I am a Starbucks addict. Now I feel like I make money every time I buy a fancy drink.

  4. Lamont says:

    I think these are lovely gifts and this the truth about risk. I’d like to know if there are any companies that make and sell the certificates for a company starting out.

  5. Cory Darby says:

    This is a brilliant idea :)!

  6. Rick Roman says:

    Just wanted to provide an update that since this article was written, Disney continues to be the favorite stock gift that people are buying but the stock that soared up the list was Facebook. It soared to first place for a couple of months and has settled to #2.

    We also intend to offer Manchester United stock when they have their IPO (expected August 2012) which should really please soccer fans. It will be the only pure publicly traded sports team listed on the U.S. exchange.

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