Over the Counter (OTC)

Benzinga  Apr 7  Comment 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a series of warnings about a handful of over-the-counter male sexual enhancement supplements. According to the FDA, laboratory analysis has identified that the following supplements contain a drug...
OilVoice  Apr 6  Comment 
Decom North Sea, the membership organisation for the oil and gas decommissioning sector, has announc ...
MedPage Today  Apr 4  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- Panel members also unhappy with analgesic-antacid products for hangover
Mondo Visione  Apr 4  Comment 
The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published for comment Proposed National Instrument 93-101Derivatives: Business Conduct and a related proposed companion policy. The proposed instrument establishes an investor protection regime...
MedPage Today  Apr 3  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- 20 serious bleeding events over five decades prompt review
Mondo Visione  Apr 3  Comment 
The Derivatives Service Bureau today opened the DSB User Acceptance Testing (UAT) platform to the industry with a revised and updated set of product templates that are consistent with MiFID II requirements. The UAT platform is a functionally...
Benzinga  Mar 30  Comment 
A biotech company making a jump from the OTC market to the Nasdaq is certainly not as difficult as finding a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. However, OTC investors are well aware that up-listings are a rare phenomenon. Neurotrope Inc (NASDAQ:...
Mondo Visione  Mar 29  Comment 
OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM), operator of financial markets for 10,000 U.S. and global securities, today announced Colonial Stock Transfer Co. Inc. and Transfer Online, Inc. have joined OTC Markets’ Transfer Agent Verified Shares...
FiercePharma  Mar 28  Comment 
Second time's the charm? Pfizer tries again with OTC Viagra in the U.K. beth.bulik Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:31
The Economic Times  Mar 28  Comment 
Aadhaar Pay is meant for merchants to receive digital payments from customers over the counter through Aadhaar authentication.


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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