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    GM_Stock Information_Stockholder FAQs GM_Stock Information_Stockholder FAQs Document Transcript

    • Stockholder FAQs About GM Stock • Where is GM stock listed for trading? • When was GM founded? • Is GM included in the Dow-Jones Industrial Average? • What is the CUSIP number for GM stock? • What is a lost stockholder? • How can I determine the cost basis for my stock? • Can I buy stock directly from the company without going through a broker? • What is book entry? • I need the price of GM stock on a specific day. Where do I find it? Stock Transfer Agent • What is a stock transfer agent? • What is the role of Computershare, GM's stock transfer agent? • How do I contact Computershare? • Where do I register a change of address for my GM stock account? • Can Computershare provide closing market prices for my GM stock on any given date? • Where can a current registered stockholder obtain more answers to frequently asked stockholder questions? Fixed Income Investing • How do I buy GM bonds, notes, or debentures? Publications • How can I view the current annual report or other stockholder publications? • How can I receive printed copies of the annual report or other stockholder publications? • Where can I find news releases about GM's quarterly earnings? Annual Meeting Electronic Initiatives • How can I get the annual report and proxy materials sent to me electronically, via the Internet? • How can I vote my proxy electronically, via telephone or the Internet? Employee Stock Savings Plans – 401(k) • How can I obtain information on my GM employee stock savings plan – 401(k)?
    • Q: Where is GM stock listed for trading? A: GM common stock is listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol quot;GMquot; and is also listed for trading on exchanges in Brussels and Paris. The stock first traded on the NYSE on December 20, 1916. Q: When was GM founded? A: The General Motors Company of New Jersey was organized on September 16, 1908. It was succeeded on October 13, 1916, by General Motors Corporation, which was incorporated under Delaware law and acquired all the stock of General Motors Company. Q: Is GM included in the Dow-Jones Industrial Average? A: GM is a component of the Dow-Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), the first U.S. stock index and the oldest index in the world. Created in 1896, the DJIA today offers a price-weighted average of 30 significant stocks traded on the NYSE and the NASDAQ. GM was first listed there in 1915 and has been a continuous component of the DJIA since 1925. Q: What is the CUSIP number for GM stock? A: The CUSIP number for GM common stock is 370442105. The CUSIP number is an identification number assigned to all stocks and registered bonds. The Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures (CUSIP) oversees the entire CUSIP system, which is used in the U.S. and Canada. Q: What is a lost stockholder? A: If you are a stockholder who is receiving quarterly dividend checks but not cashing all of them, you may be at risk of becoming a quot;lost stockholder.quot; According to state law, if dividend checks from any of your investments remain uncashed over a period of time, or if you do not keep your address of record current, you may be considered a quot;lost stockholder,quot; and your shares and dividends may become abandoned property. General Motors must comply with state law requiring, after a given length of time, that uncashed checks and corresponding shares be remitted to the state of your last known address on file with GM's stock transfer agent, Computershare. The state may then sell your shares and become custodian for the funds indefinitely. The timing of these actions varies by state. Any potential loss in stock value in the event of sale is not the responsibility of the state, GM, or Computershare. Q: How can I determine the cost basis for my stock? A:Documents for helping you determine your cost basis are found on this Web site. However, GM does not offer tax advice and urges you to consult your own tax advisor. Q: Can I buy stock directly from the company without going through a broker? A: No, you cannot purchase General Motors common stock directly from General Motors. General Motors common stock is available for purchase through a bank or broker that deals in securities traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Q: What is book entry? A: General Motors uses a modern form of registered stock ownership called book entry or direct registration. Although no certificates are issued, the book-entry owners of the security are registered on the books of the company and, in lieu of certificates, receive account statements. Book-entry ownership is more convenient for some investors because it eliminates the risk of lost certificates and the cost to replace lost or stolen certificates, and the sale or transfer of the stock is simplified. In November 1999, GM began issuing all new shares of $1-2/3 common stock in book entry rather than certificated form, unless otherwise specified by the stockholder. Q: I need the price of GM stock on a specific day. Where do I find it? A: You may use our Historical Price Lookup tool to find the closing stock price on a specific day. Or you may call GM's stock transfer agent, Computershare, toll free, at 800-331-9922. Stockholders outside the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico may call Computershare at 781-575-3990. [back to top]
    • Q: What is a stock transfer agent? A: Companies that publicly trade securities often use transfer agents to maintain the records of individuals and entities that own their stocks. Most transfer agents are banks or trust companies. Computershare Trust Company, N.A., is the stock transfer agent for General Motors. Q: What is the role of Computershare, GM's stock transfer agent? A: Computershare's primary responsibility is to maintain the record of GM stock ownership by registered stockholders (those whose accounts are maintained in their name by Computershare, GM's stock transfer agent). Computershare also provides information to GM stockholders about their stock accounts. You may contact Computershare by telephone, toll free, at 800-331-9922. Stockholders outside the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico may call 781-575-3990. Phone representatives are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET and are trained to assist in a number of ways, including the following: • access your account history • offer instructions on account consolidation to reduce duplicate mailings • place stops on lost, stolen, or destroyed certificate(s) • provide dividend reinvestment and stock purchase plan information • transfer stock ownership (including changing the name on your account) • issue and replace 1099 tax forms The automated telephone system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to handle requests for the following: account information, transfer instructions, dividend reinvestment and stock purchase plan information, publication requests, and historical closing stock prices. Also, you can access the Computershare Web site at: www.computershare.com/gm. Q: How do I contact Computershare? A: Contact Computershare toll free at 800-331-9922. Stockholders outside the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico may call 781-575-3990. Also, you can access the Computershare Web site at: www.computershare.com/gm. Or you may write to Computershare at: Computershare Trust Company, N.A. General Motors Corporation P.O. Box 43078 Providence, RI 02940-3078 Q: Where do I register a change of address for my GM stock account? A: It's the responsibility of registered stockholders (those whose accounts are maintained in their name by Computershare, GM's stock transfer agent) to inform Computershare promptly of any change of address. You can call Computershare toll free at 800-331-9922. Stockholders outside the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico may call 781-575-3990. You may notify Computershare of your new address by accessing your account on the Computershare Web site at www.computershare.com/gm. Or you may write to Computershare at: Computershare Trust Company, N.A. General Motors Corporation P.O. Box 43078 Providence, RI 02940-3078 Every one of GM's mailings to registered stockholders, such as year-end tax reporting forms, or the proxy statement and annual report, is based upon the records held by Computershare. Old or incomplete addresses can slow down your receipt of mail or result in lack of delivery of important materials related to your stock account. Registered stockholders who do not maintain a current address with Computershare risk having their accounts escheated. This means the state of the stockholder's last registered address can become custodian of the stockholder's assets after a certain length of time. Every state has its own regulations on what time period must pass before accounts can be remitted to the state.
    • Q: Can Computershare provide closing market prices for my GM stock on any given date? A: Yes, you can access closing market prices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 800-331-9922. Stockholders outside the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico may call 781-575-3990. You will get the most recent closing stock price for GM $1-2/3 par value common stock. After the recent closing price is given, follow recorded instructions to access closing market prices back to 1968. The Shareholder Services representatives can also provide you with stock price information. Historical price lookup services are also available on this Web site. Q: Where can a current registered stockholder obtain more answers to frequently asked stockholder questions? A: More questions and information are on the Computershare Web site at www.computershare.com/gm. [back to top] Q: How do I buy GM bonds, notes, or debentures? A: GM's retail bonds, senior notes, and convertible senior debentures are available only through a broker. They are issued in book-entry form only through the facilities of The Depository Trust Company (DTC). GM pays interest through a trustee which provides the funds to DTC to pay interest to holders of record. For more information, see quot;Retail Debt Securitiesquot; on this Web site. [back to top] Q: How can I view the current annual report or other stockholder publications? A: Many GM publications for investors are available on this Web site for viewing and downloading for printing. Click on the links below for immediate access to these documents: • » Annual Report • » Proxy Statement • » 10-K • » 10-Q • » Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan Prospectus • » Winning With Integrity: Our Values and Guidelines for Employee Conduct Q: How can I receive printed copies of the annual report or other stockholder publications? Go to quot;Request Information: Literature Requestsquot; and fill out the online form to order paper copies of the annual report and all the other online publications listed in the answer above. If you prefer, you can request these materials by telephone by calling the Stockholder Services line at 313-667-1500 and pressing 2 to leave an order. Q: Where can I find news releases about GM's quarterly earnings? A: GM's quarterly earnings releases are posted on this Web site along with management chart sets used in quarterly earnings webcasts. To automatically receive e-mail alerts of earnings releases and other GM events, enroll here. [back to top] Q: How can I get the annual report and proxy materials sent to me electronically, via the Internet? A: You can save General Motors postage and printing expense by consenting to receive your GM annual report and proxy materials online. With your consent, you will receive an e-mail notification when these documents are available electronically. If you do not consent to access the GM annual report and proxy materials via the Internet, you will continue to receive them in the mail.
    • Registered stockholders (those whose accounts are maintained in their name by Computershare, GM's stock transfer agent) may sign up for this service through www.computershare.com/gm. From there, they should log in to Investor Centre and click Electronic Shareholder Communications. First-time users can register immediately with their holder account number and enroll for this service. Beneficial stockholders, who hold their GM stock through a bank or broker, may sign up at www.icsdelivery.com/gm if their bank or broker is among the majority that participates in electronic delivery. Such stockholders should consult their bank or broker for further details. Q: How can I vote my proxy electronically, via telephone or the Internet? A: Your proxy materials received through the mail or via the Internet will include detailed instructions on how to vote electronically. Your choice to vote electronically saves General Motors return postage expense. [back to top] Q: How can I obtain information on my GM employee stock savings plan – 401(k)? A: Fidelity administers the GM Savings-Stock Purchase Plan for salaried employees and the Personal Savings Plan for hourly employees. Contact Fidelity at gmbenefits.com or 800-489-4646. [back to top]