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Thursday, August 20, 2009

What Happens To My Stock When It Goes From OTC to NASDAQ

By Sam Nielson

Out of the thousands of questions I've been asked over the years, one question keeps coming up that pisses me off. A bright eye'd newbie trader wants to know what will happen to his OTCBB stock if it gets uplisted to a major exchange like the NASDAQ.

Your brokerage firm (Scottrade, Etrade, etc.) or your post office will keep you informed of any special changes or actions you must take but usually, no action is needed on your part. Your shares will automatically convert into the new ticker symbol traded on the Nasdaq or major exchange.

Traders call this a jumper. Your shares will gain in value and they will automatically start trading on the NASDAQ.

If a change occurs in the ticker symbol, your brokerage house (Scottrade, Ameritrade, and so on) will contact you by your trading account and by regular snail mail.

Time for some brutal honesty. You are George Bush stupid if you are investing in OTC stock you think will go to the NASDAQ.

Slick con artists and their publishing companies will try and sell you on some alert service that supposedly has a guaranteed track record at picking jumpers but they are lying. Every last one of them.

In the hundreds of traders I've spoke with over the years, not one of them has told me that he made money from picking jumper stocks more than he lost.

Time for a splash of cold water on your face to bring you out of Fantasy Land. There is not a big cost different between a NASDAQ listing and an OTC listing. If this hot, insider tip company was making so much money selling such a hot product then why didn't they just list on the NASDAQ in the first place? Why even list on the OTCBB? The reason is not the cost. The reason is the reporting requirements. Companies that list on the OTCBB don't want to provide you with timely, behind the scenes financials that were audited by an independent party. That should scare you completely away from OTCBB listed stocks.

There's the dark truth. The only reason a company lists on the OTCBB is precisely because they do not want to meet the stricter reporting requirements of a major exchange. They do not want to disclose to investors the truth about what's really going on.

While not as bad as the pink sheets, the OTCBB exchange is filled with fraudulent companies who wouldn't think twice about posting false PRs and scamming you out of your money. Investing in OTCBB stocks is a fools game. Over the long run, you will go broke like everyone else who has tried. I should know. I speak from personal trading experience.

Plus, think about this. The primary reason for investing in OTCBB was to get stocks cheap. Now that we are at a market bottom, many good companies listed on the major exchanges are at crazy OTCBB prices! Plus there's a lot less risk because stocks on the major exchanges have stricter disclosure and reporting laws they must follow than stocks listed on the OTCBB. So what is the advantage to the OTCBB at this present time? None. - 23208

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