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A change of ownership from one person or party to another.
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1. To sell.

2. To deliver.

3. To change ownership between parties for any reason.
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1. To record a change of ownership in a security on the issuer's books.
2. To deliver a security to the buyer's broker by the seller's broker.
Is it difficult to transfer my brokerage account to a different firm?

Transferring an account to another firm is relatively easy. The first step is to open an account at the new firm. Then sign an account transfer form, which will be provided by the new firm. A representative at the new firm should be able to provide assistance if you encounter any difficulties. The transfer should be completed within two weeks.

George Riles, First Vice President and Resident Manager, Merrill Lynch, Albany, GA
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In a transfer, a 401(k) or IRA custodian or trustee moves the assets in your existing account directly to the custodian or trustee of your new account.

With a transfer, you don't risk failing to deposit the full amount of your withdrawal within the 60-day deadline for rollovers. And, in the case of a transfer from a 401(k) or similar retirement savings plan, nothing is withheld for income taxes.

In contrast, if you handle the rollover yourself, your employer must withhold 20% of the account value.

When securities are sent to a transfer agent for reregistration of the ownership name, this process is also known as a transfer.

Securities may be registered in the actual, or beneficial, owner's name, or in the name of a nominee, known as street name. Most stocks that are held by brokerage firms for their clients are registered in nominee name on the transfer agent's books.

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Thus, asset transfers for securitization that do not involve direct or indirect recourse to the transferring banking organization are treated as sales.
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That paragraph says the statement does not apply to asset transfers in which the reporting entity acts as an agent, trustee or intermediary rather than as a donor or donee.
Larger accounts or residents who appear to have engaged in questionable asset transfers should be referred to a law firm capable of advising you on your state's fraudulent transfer laws.