Over-the-counter trading

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Over-the-counter trading (OTC trading) is the trading of financial instruments such as stocks directly between parties and not through a stock exchange. Compare with electronic trading or exchange trading.

An over-the-counter contract is sometimes known as a bi-lateral contract in which two parties agree on how a particular trade or agreement is to be settled in the future. For derivatives, these agreements are usually governed by an ISDA (International Swap and Derivatives Association) agreement.

OTC Bulletin Board

In the U.S., over-the-counter trading is carried out on the OTCBB (OTC Bulletin Board). The OTCBB is a regulated quotation service that displays real-time quotes, last-sale prices, and volume information for various types of equity securities. The OTCBB was founded in 1990 and currently provides access to more than 3300 securities with over 230 market makers.

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