554.8103  Rules for determining whether certain obligations and interests are securities or financial assets.

1.  A share or similar equity interest issued by a corporation, business trust, joint stock company, or similar entity is a security.

2.  An "investment company security" is a security. "Investment company security" means a share or similar equity interest issued by an entity that is registered as an investment company under the federal investment company laws, an interest in a unit investment trust that is so registered, or a face-amount certificate issued by a face-amount certificate company that is so registered. Investment company security does not include an insurance policy or endowment policy or annuity contract issued by an insurance company.

3.  An interest in a partnership or limited liability company is not a security unless it is dealt in or traded on securities exchanges or in securities markets, its terms expressly provide that it is a security governed by this Article, or it is an investment company security. However, an interest in a partnership or limited liability company is a financial asset if it is held in a securities account.

4.  A writing that is a security certificate is governed by this Article and not by Article 3, even though it also meets the requirements of that Article. However, a negotiable instrument governed by Article 3 is a financial asset if it is held in a securities account.

5.  An option or similar obligation issued by a clearing corporation to its participants is not a security, but is a financial asset.

6.  A commodity contract, as defined in section 554.9115, is not a security or a financial asset.

Section History: Early form

  [C50, 54, 58, 62, § 493A.15; C66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 554.8103]

Section History: Recent form

  89 Acts, ch 113, § 2; 96 Acts, ch 1138, § 11, 84

Internal References

  Referred to in § 554.8102


  1996 amendment takes effect July 1, 1997; 96 Acts, ch 1138, § 84; for provisions governing the continued perfection of security interests that are perfected as of July 1, 1997, see 96 Acts, ch 1138, § 80, 84

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