DEFINITION of 'Registrar'

An institution or organization that is responsible for keeping records of bondholders and shareholders. If you are the owner of a bond or a share in a company you will be registered as a owner by one of these institutions.


The role of the registrar is to make sure that the amount of shares outstanding in the market matches the amount of shares authorized by the company. For bonds, the registrar also makes sure that the company's obligation from a bond issue is certified as being an actual legal obligation.

  1. Outstanding Shares

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  2. Bond

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  3. Authorized Stock

    The maximum number of shares that a corporation is legally permitted ...
  4. Shareholder

    Any person, company or other institution that owns at least one ...
  5. Debt

    An amount of money borrowed by one party from another. Many corporations/individuals ...

    A unit of ownership interest in a corporation or financial asset. ...
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