FAQ – Where Do Microcap Stocks Trade?
Many microcap stocks trade in the “over-the-counter” (OTC) market. Quotes for microcap stocks may be available directly from a broker-dealer or on OTC systems such as the OTC Bulletin Board (OTCBB), OTC Link LLC (OTC Link), or Global OTC.
OTC Bulletin Board is an electronic inter-dealer quotation system that displays quotes, last-sale prices, and volume information for many OTC equity securities that are not listed on a national securities exchange. The OTCBB is operated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA). You can read more about the OTCBB marketplace at http://www.finra.org/industry/faq-otcbb-frequently-asked-questions .
OTC Link LLC is an electronic inter-dealer quotation system that displays quotes, last-sale prices, and volume information in exchange-listed securities, OTC equity securities, foreign equity securities and certain corporate debt securities. In addition to publishing quotes, OTC Link provides, among other things, broker-dealer subscribers the ability to send and receive trade messages, allowing them to negotiate trades. OTC Link is registered with the SEC as a broker-dealer and operates an Alternative Trading System pursuant to Regulation ATS, and is a member of FINRA. OTC Link organizes stocks into three marketplaces based, in part, on the amount and quality of available information about the particular stock. You can read more about the OTC Link marketplace at www.otcmarkets.com.
Global OTC is an electronic inter-dealer quotation system that displays quotes, last-sale prices, and volume information in OTC equity securities. Archipelago Trading Services, Inc., a broker-dealer registered with the SEC, operates Global OTC as an Alternative Trading System pursuant to Regulation ATS. For additional information about Global OTC please visit www.globalotc.com .
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