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What does it mean when a stock quote screen describes the exchange at which a stock is traded as, "OTC BBN". I know that this means, "Over-The-Counter Bulletin Board." What is the "Over-The-Counter Bulletin Board?" If I wanted to trade using the OTC BBN, how would I do it? Can I use my on-line broker, or do I have to do a phone trade, or what?

Hi Rick,

Depending on the stock, most online broker will let you trade OTC stocks online (there may be different margin requirements). Have you had a problem?

Having said that, the Fool is not a big fan of penny stocks (which OTC stocks often are). You may want to read this article:
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You also may want to post your question on the Discount Brokers discussion boards. Here is a link:

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