Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures. CUSIP refers to a 9-digit alphanumeric code that is assigned to all security issues approved for trading in the United States and Canada. CUSIP numbers are permanent and appear on the face of a security’s certificate. The first 6 characters are the issuer’s unique identification code. The 7th and 8th digits represent the type of security, e.g., fixed-income, equity, etc. The 9th number is a check digit that is sometimes ignored or abridged.

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