I'm currently a resident of an EU country. I have a brokerage account open with my local bank, allowing me to buy international stocks directly on the NASDAQ/NYSE/LSE and other int'l exchanges. Am I right in thinking that my stocks (or, rather, records of ownership) are stored somewhere in a central repository in the USA/UK rather then with my local broker?
What I am concerned with is a hypotethical (but not unlikely) situation when Vladimir Vladimirovich will come here a-rolling on his tanks and my local bank would be reduced to a pile of rubble (quite literally). Assuming that I escape to, say, Argentina, would I be able to contact the US repository and tell them "Hi, it's me, I've owned such and such equities, could I have them back?.."