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


1. To sell.

2. To deliver.

3. To change ownership between parties for any reason.


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


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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Gass A, Barker GJ, Kidd D et al: Correlation of magnetization transfer ratio with clinical disability in multiple sclerosis.
Gillams AR, Silver MS: Magnetization transfer offers improved brain contrast.
Magnetization transfer contrast sequences usually require no additional hardware; typically, all that is required is a computer software package that allows the use of the special presaturation pulse.
Magnetization transfer contrast pulses can be used in many sequences, including gradient or field echo, spin echo and fast spin echo sequences.
Magnetization transfer contrast has been proven useful in many areas.
In addition to the time of flight effect contributing to the bright blood signal, blood remains virtually unaffected by the additional radiofrequency pulse because blood has a very low rate of magnetization transfer.
13] Magnetization transfer contrast has been documented to decrease the background signal from brain parenchyma by as much as 40%.
15,16] This increased conspicuity occurs because the magnetization transfer pulse suppresses the signal intensity from the spinal cord, and cerebrospinal fluid has a low magnetization transfer ratio and remains unaffected by the MTC pulse.
According to Finelli et al,[16] magnetization transfer contrast sequences will produce an improvement in the contrast to noise ratio by a factor of 1.
Magnetization transfer contrast causes a large decrease in the signal intensity of skeletal muscle and patellar cartilage where tissues such as fat, bone marrow, blood vessels and synovial fluid are less affected.