New OTC Market regulations

28 Aug

Within the OTC Markets Group monthly newsletter, there is an interesting announcement on OTC Market Regulation & Compliance.

FINRA Rule 6433

On August 5, 2012 FINRA announced that the SEC-approved amendments to FINRA Rule 6433 (Minimum Quotation Size Requirements for OTC Equity Securities) will become effective on November 5, 2012. This has been approved as a 1 year pilot period. The new quotation sizes are as follows:

Price (Bid or Offer) Minimum Quote Size (# of Shares)
$0.0001 to $0.0999 10,000
$0.10 to $0.1999 5,000
$0.20 to $0.5099 2,500
$0.51 to $0.9999 1,000
$1.00 to $174.99 100
$175.00+ 1

For full details of this announcement, please see: FINRA Regulatory Notice 12-37.

So what does this mean to the average investor?  Well, if there is a penny stock out there, the minimum order you can place is 10,000 shares, which equates to $1.00.  Would anyone ever place a market order for $1?  Not a retail buyer since a retail buyer’s stock trade fee wold be at $10 (Schwab or Ameritrade) and then there are market fees of probably $2 on top of that.  On the market maker side though, you would see trades as small as this because their fees are much smaller.

© 2012 by Rhodes Holdings LLC, all rights reserved except excerpts from the FINRA notice.

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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in BLOG, Business, Public markets


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