Stock Exchanges - The Difference Between OTC BB and Pink Sheets
You Really Know About Penny Stock Exchanges Like OTCBB and Pink Sheets?
Most people think of the major stock exchanges when trading stocks comes to
mind. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the National Association of
Securities Dealers Automated Quotations (NASDAQ), and the American Stock
Exchange (AMEX) are among those that first come to mind. A penny stock is a
low ticket security for companies that are valued at under five hundred
million dollars and often trade in low volumes. These stocks also trade on
'Over the Counter' exchanges such as the OTCBB or Pink Sheets.
The very fact that penny stocks trade at such low volumes increases the risks
involved in investing in them. The Securities and Exchange Commission urges
potential investors in penny stocks to be aware of the fact that the low
trading volume of these stocks make it likely that in times of needs buyers
will be rare if not impossible to find. Finding accurate quotes for pries is
also difficult which increases the possibility of the investor losing his
Despite the risks involved, penny stocks are often attractive investments to
investors for various reasons. If you are new to investing and looking for the
chance to return a high yield for a relatively low investment you are likely
to come across some penny stocks. The attraction often lies in the fact that
at such low prices any changes are often measured by the hundreds of percent
this means that your investment can literally double in one or two days time.
On the other hand, the price of penny stocks can drop just as drastically and
equally fast. Those who are inexperienced investors would do well to avoid
penny stocks until they have a better understanding of how things work. It is
also important to note that because of the relatively low 'worth' of the
companies that are often listed on the OCTBB or Pink Sheets they are often
considered questionable investments. Some of these companies have such a
limited financial history that no accurate determination of their actual value
can be made. Many of these companies are either very new or dangerously close
There is also a strong potential for fraud with some buyers artificially
'enhancing' or driving the costs by buying large amounts of stocks and raising
the perceived value of essentially worthless stocks. Most investors who fall
for this loose many when it comes time to sell.
It is important to remember that not all of these companies are frauds and
many of them have a great deal of potential. Some are new businesses that are
working hard towards their goal of earning a spot on the larger exchanges.
your research in order to decrease your risks of landing with a declining or
dishonest company. Investors are often convinced that one good investment can
make them a nice tidy profit. While this is true it is better to invest in a
company that is showing slow and steady growth than one you are hoping will
sky rocket over night. Take the time and do your research rather than gambling
with your investment.