A security which is temporarily listed on the stock exchange and which represents the right to take up the shares of a certain company at a certain price and on a certain date. Nil-paid letters are the result of a rights issue to the existing shareholders (or debenture holders) of a company. A rights issue is one way of raising additional capital by offering existing shareholders the opportunity to take up more shares in the company – usually at a price below the market price of the shares. These rights are represented by the “nil- paid letter” and are renounceable – this means that they may be bought and sold on the stock exchange. You will see them from time to time on your price page. They are normally very volatile because they fluctuate according to how close the market price is to the “take-up” price.

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