Over the Counter (OTC)

Benzinga  Sep 1  Comment 
On Monday, the marijuana-themed networking company MassRoots Inc (OTC: MSRT) announced its plans to become the first cannabis-based company to be listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market. The company has been listed OTC since April 2014, but if it...
newratings.com  Aug 29  Comment 
STOCKHOLM (dpa-AFX) - Biopharmaceutical company Cortendo has filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the U.S. with the SEC to raise up to $86.25 million in an initial public offering. The Trevose, Pennsylvania-based company's stock...
newratings.com  Aug 28  Comment 
LONDON (dpa-AFX) - Perrigo Company plc (PRGO) announced that it has completed the acquisition of leading OTC brands from GSK in an all cash transaction valued at 200 million euros. Perrigo noted that it continues to expect the acquisition to be...
FiercePharma  Aug 20  Comment 
The decision of GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty to double down on consumer health products has not been very popular with some investors, who question the strategy of focusing on low-margin, high-volume products like toothpaste. Well, Witty...
Mondo Visione  Aug 19  Comment 
The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) have today published for public comment a consultative report entitled Harmonisation of the Unique Transaction...
OilVoice  Aug 19  Comment 
America Resources Exploration OTC PINK AREN is pleased to announce that it has acquired two oil and gas leases called the Snyder leases on approximately 950 acres located in Callahan County Texa
OilVoice  Aug 18  Comment 
Liquefied Natural Gas Limited ASX LNG OTC ADR LNGLY announces the appointment of Ms Kinga Doris as General Counsel and Joint Company Secretary. Ms Doris will take up her appointment in early Sept
Mondo Visione  Aug 11  Comment 
ASIC has suspended the Australian financial services (AFS) Licence of retail OTC derivative provider Australian Capital Markets Advisory Services Pty Ltd (ACMAS). ACMAS ceased providing financial services after a change of all directors and...
Financial Times  Aug 6  Comment 
Brussels to enforce mandatory clearing of $500tn OTC market from April as part of G20 commitment


Over-the-counter (OTC) financial transactions represent all the financial activities that don't take place on an organized market. OTC transactions implies a transaction between financial actors that agree privately on volume and price. No public report is usually made on those transactions. They mostly involve large financial institutions such as investment banks, hedge funds, or blue chip companies.

OTC transactions frequently used on derivative instruments like forward rate agreements, swaps, or forward contracts. OTC contracts have been highly criticized since they imply very little transparency.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) regulates brokerdealers that operate in the over-the-counter (OTC) market. On the OTC market you can trade equity securities, corporate bonds, government securities and derivative products. The OTC Bulletin Board (OTCBB) and the Pink Sheets, for example, operate within the OTC market. The Pink Sheets and the OTCBB are quotation services for OTC securities. The Pink Sheets is a privately owned company. Unlike the OTCBB, issuers do not have to file financial reports to the SEC to be quoted.

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