What is the difference between shares represented by a physical stock certificate and shares held in book entry form?

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The ownership value of the shares is the same regardless of whether the shares are represented by a physical stock certificate or recorded on the books of a particular corporation. The advantage of recording share ownership in book entry form is to reduce the amount of paperwork dealt with in the securities industry and to avoid the loss of a physical certificate which can be very time consuming and costly to replace. more
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