What is the role of a transfer agent?

The INX Digital Company inc. | April 4, 2023
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Capital markets are complex and multifaceted, involving a wide variety of stakeholders and intermediaries who facilitate investment and trade. From broker-dealers to alternative trading systems, these intermediaries play critical roles in enabling the smooth functioning of the capital markets. Among these intermediaries, transfer agents play a vital role in ensuring the efficient and secure transfer of securities between investors.

Transfer Agents – The Facilitators of Finance:

Transfer agents are companies that act as record keepers of ownership between issuers of securities and investors. They are responsible for maintaining accurate records of who owns a particular security, including the number of shares or bonds owned by each investor. Transfer agents also can facilitate dividends and interest payments that are made to investors. 

According to a report by Zion Market Research, the global transfer agent market is expected to reach $3.2 billion by 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.8% from 2019 to 2025. The report cites the increasing demand for transfer agent services from issuers of securities, as well as the growing complexity of the securities markets, as key factors driving the growth of the transfer agent market.

What does a stock transfer agent do?

A stock transfer agent is responsible for maintaining accurate records of who owns a particular stock, as well as the number of shares owned by each investor. When a stock is issued, brought, or sold, the transfer agent records the details of the transaction. In addition, transfer agents also ensure that shareholders receive their dividend payments and that any corporate actions, such as stock splits or mergers, are handled correctly.

On Being a Transfer Agent for Digital Assets

In recent years, the rise of digital assets has created a need for transfer agents in the digital asset space. Security tokens, which are regulated securities that are issued and traded on blockchain networks, require transfer agents to facilitate trades between investors. As a licensed transfer agent, INX has the infrastructure to facilitate the trading of security tokens. INX operates a fully regulated security token trading platform, which provides investors with a secure and efficient way to buy and sell security tokens. 

In conclusion, transfer agents play a vital role in ensuring the smooth functioning of the capital markets. They are responsible for maintaining accurate records of securities ownership and facilitating the transfer of securities between investors. As the securities markets continue to evolve, transfer agents will play an increasingly important role in ensuring that investors can trade securities efficiently and securely.

Case Study: Trucpal Dividend Distribution

Trucpal is a software solution for the Chinese freight market that was one of the first to embrace security tokens when it launched its STO back in July 2022. Despite the slumps in the general market last year and the shutdown of the Chinese economy in which it operates, the company turned a profit in 2022, a profit it is distributing back to token holders. As Trucpal’s transfer agent, INX maintains Trucpal’s cap table, an accurate record of Trucpal token holders. When it comes to digital assets, those records also include a whitelist database, a list of which digital wallet belongs to which verified investor. Through a dividend smart contract, INX can distribute dividends directly into the investor’s whitelisted digital wallet.

Your All-In-On Capital Raise Partner

If you’re looking to raise capital, there are several stakeholders you’ll need to engage for various parts of the process. A transfer agent is just one of the essential partners to have, not to mention broker-dealers for your initial raise and an alternative trading system (ATS) to trade on. INX takes care of all three for you, so you can focus on what’s important for your business – raising capital.

The INX Digital Company inc. April 4, 2023

The INX Digital Company inc. is an expert in the field of finance, crypto and digital securities.


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