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A depository receipt allows a nonresident entity to introduce its equity or debt into another market in a form more readily acceptable to the investors in that market. A depository bank will purchase the underlying foreign security and then issue receipts in a currency more acceptable to the investor. The investor can exchange the depository receipts for the underlying security at any time.

Source Publication:
IMF, 2003, External Debt Statistics: Guide for Compilers and Users – Appendix 1. Special financial instruments and transactions: classifications, IMF, Washington DC.

Cross References:
American depository receipt (ADR)
Bearer depository receipts (BDR)


Statistical Theme: Financial statistics

Created on Friday, August 29, 2003

Last updated on Friday, March 28, 2014