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Direct Registration System

A system, sometimes referred to as DRS, that allows electronic direct registration of securities in an investor's name on the books for the transfer agent or issuer, and allows shares to be transferred between a transfer agent and broker electronically. DRS provides investors with a different way of holding their securities in certificate or street form. Under DRS, investors can elect to have their securities registered directly on the issuer’s records in book-entry form. An investor electing to hold a security in a DRS book-entry position will receive a statement from the issuer or its transfer agent verifying ownership of the security. The investor can subsequently transfer electronically the DRS book-entry position to their bank or broker/dealer.

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