Over the Counter (OTC)

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Mondo Visione  Sep 9  Comment 
The three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA, ESMA - ESAs), published today their Opinion addressed to the European Commission expressing disagreement with its proposed amendments to the final draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS)...
Mondo Visione  Sep 8  Comment 
Eris Exchange (Eris), a U.S.-based futures exchange group offering cash-settled swap futures as the leading alternative to traditional OTC swaps, announced the opening of a London office and the hiring of Timothy Stack as Managing Director, Head...
Benzinga  Sep 6  Comment 
State agencies (except for the DEA) are becoming more positive about still-federally-illegal marijuana and more worried about widely accepted and used opioids like Vicodin and OxyContin instead. A recent CDC report revealed that, while an...
Forbes  Sep 3  Comment 
On Friday, the FDA announced that companies will no longer be able to market over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products that contain any of the following 19 easy-to-pronounce ingredients...
MedPage Today  Sep 2  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- No evidence that such products are better than plain soap and water
Reuters  Sep 1  Comment 
U.S. financial regulators gave over-the-counter (OTC) swap dealers an extra month to comply with new derivatives trading rules set to take effect on Thursday, after Asia's market ground to a near halt due to uncertainty about changes that could...
Mondo Visione  Aug 31  Comment 
The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) today designated four central counterparties (CCPs) for the purposes of the mandatory clearing obligation for certain over-the-counter (OTC) derivative transactions (Note 1). The designation of one local...
Mondo Visione  Aug 26  Comment 
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) today published two reports on the implementation of key aspects of reforms to the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market. They show that although progress continues to be made, further action is required,...
Mondo Visione  Aug 22  Comment 
The Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) has extended the authorisation of the clearing house KDPW_CCP to cover new classes of instruments and categories of acceptable collateral as of 9 August 2016. KNF’s decision allows KDPW_CCP to...
Benzinga  Aug 22  Comment 
Gallup has estimated that at least 33 million adults in the United States are marijuana users right now — although government studies say the figure stands closer to 20 million. No matter what the actual number is, the fact is that a lot of...




 

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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