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What are American Depositary Shares (ADRs)?

American depositary shares (ADSs) are the actual underlying shares that the ADR represents. In other words, the ADS is the actual share available for trading, while the ADR represents the entire bundle of ADSs issued. American Depositary Receipts, or ADRs, allow Americans to invest in foreign companies.

What is an ADR & how does it work?

An ADR may represent the underlying shares on a one-for-one basis, a fraction of a share, or multiple shares of the underlying company. The depositary bank will set the ratio of U.S. ADRs per home-country share at a value that they feel will appeal to investors. If an ADR's value is too high, it may deter some investors.

What is a foreign company ADR?

ADRs are U.S. dollar-denominated certificates that trade on American stock exchanges and track the price of a foreign company's domestic shares. ADRs represent the prices of those shares but do not grant you ownership rights as common stock typically does. Why Do Foreign Companies List ADRs?

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