Global depository receipt (GDR)

Global depositary receipts (or GDRs) offer a solution for investors wanting to buy shares listed in countries where there are government restrictions on who can own and trade them.

UK or US investors wanting to buy shares listed in emerging market countries like Russia can face a tough time when there are government restrictions on who can own and trade them. Global depositary receipts (or GDRs) offer a solution.

Instead of trying to buy the share in its local market, the investor typically UK or US - buys a depositary receipt, which represents the shares, instead. These are issued by investment banks, listed in the investor's home market and traded separately from the underlying share.

Apart from easier access, the key advantages of global depositary receipts include the fact they are priced in the investor's home currency (typically US dollars), carry lower dealing costs and pay more timely dividends, again in dollars, than the shares they represent. Whilst similar in most respects to American depositary receipts, GDRs tend to be listed in European markets like the London Stock Exchange whereas ADRs are more heavily traded in the US market.

See Tim Bennett's video tutorial: Depository receipts: An easy way to invest in foreign firms.

Recommended

Modern monetary theory (MMT)
Glossary

Modern monetary theory (MMT)

Modern Monetary theory, or MMT, has become popular on the left, both in the UK and abroad. (Wags say that it stands for "magic money tree".) 
21 Sep 2020
Price to sales ratio
Glossary

Price to sales ratio

A company's market cap divided by the company's annual sales (or revenue) gives us the price/sales ratio.
28 Aug 2020
Too embarrassed to ask: what is a p/e ratio?
Too embarrassed to ask

Too embarrassed to ask: what is a p/e ratio?

Find out how to use the price/earnings ratio (p/e ratio for short) – a useful starting place for investors looking to value a company.
26 Aug 2020
Stock split
Glossary

Stock split

A stock split increases the number of a corporation's issued shares by dividing each existing share.
21 Aug 2020

Most Popular

Will a second wave of Covid lead to another stockmarket crash?
Stockmarkets

Will a second wave of Covid lead to another stockmarket crash?

Can we expect to see another lockdown like in March, and what will that mean for your money? John Stepek explains.
18 Sep 2020
Here’s why you really should own at least some bitcoin
Bitcoin

Here’s why you really should own at least some bitcoin

While bitcoin is having a quiet year – at least in relative terms – its potential to become the default cash system for the internet is undiminished, …
16 Sep 2020
IAG's share price is ready for take-off - here's how to play it
Trading

IAG's share price is ready for take-off - here's how to play it

The owner of British Airways has had a turbulent year, but is now worth a punt. Matthew Partridge explains the best way to play it.
8 Sep 2020