Pink sheets are companies that trade on the U.S. over-the-counter market, a holdover from the days when the quotes for these stocks were printed on pink paper. They are for investors looking for high-risk investments.
Today, OTC Markets Group (formerly Pink OTC Markets Inc.), a private company, is the main provider of pricing and financial information for the over-the-counter (OTC) securities markets.
OTC Markets Group operates a centralized information network that includes services for issuers, brokers and OTC investors, as well as “market makers”. Pink Sheets’ information aims to make OTC trading more efficient and improve access to capital for OTC issuers.
Companies that trade as “pink sheets stocks” usually don’t have sufficient market caps, or enough shareholders, to meet most stock exchanges’ minimum criteria.
Over-the-counter shares are often sporadically or inactively traded. That can make buying penny stocks and pink sheet stocks (and selling them) more difficult and expensive than shares on larger stock exchanges.
Stocks trading over the counter may at times seem to offer extraordinary opportunities, but this can be an expensive illusion. Most legitimate companies with substantial growth potential will want to leave the over-the-counter market as quickly as possible and move their stock to the major markets, where financing is more plentiful and less expensive. This tilts the odds against you.
That’s why we’ve stayed out of the over-the-counter market and are likely to continue to stay out. There are just too many attractive buying opportunities in major markets, where risk is lower and your chances of making money are better.
Aggressive investors looking at high-risk stocks to invest in should only allocate a small part of their portfolios to those investments
There are always investment-related worries to occupy the minds of investors—but focusing on high-risk stocks to invest in just makes it worse.
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These three technology stocks shone as COVID-19 lockdowns spurred strong demand for their products. Even though the pandemic is easing, we still like their long-term prospects.
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