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over-the-counter market definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a stock exchange where securities transactions are made via telephone and computer rather than on the floor of an exchange [syn: over-the-counter market, OTC market]

Britannica Concise

Trading in stocks and bonds that does not take place on stock exchanges. Such trading occurs most often in the U.S., where requirements for listing stocks on the exchanges are strict. Schedules of fees for buying and selling securities are not fixed in the over-the-counter market, and dealers derive their profits from the markup of their selling price over the price they paid. Many bond issues and preferred-stock issues, incl. U.S. government bonds, are listed on the New York Stock Exchange but have their chief market over-the-counter. Other U.S. government securities, as well as state and municipal bonds, are traded over-the-counter exclusively. Institutional investors such as mutual funds often trade over-the-counter because they are given volume discounts not offered on the exchanges. The regulation of the over-the-counter market is carried out largely by the National Assn. of Securities Dealers, created by Congress in 1939 to establish rules of conduct and protect members and investors from abuses. See also NASDAQ.

Moby Thesaurus

American Stock Exchange, Amex, Wall Street, board, bourse, commodity exchange, corn pit, curb, curb exchange, curb market, exchange, exchange floor, outside market, pit, quotation board, stock exchange, stock market, stock ticker, telephone market, the Big Board, the Exchange, third market, ticker, ticker tape, wheat pit




 


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