These days most people rely on search engines and the internet to do research. While this is a decent place to get some information, it doesn’t always provide the most complete or the most accurate information for everything — it really depends on your source and the subject matter. If you’re searching for accurate and detailed information about penny stock companies so you can make wise investments, it’s better to broaden your search beyond the internet, where there are too many sources of fraud and scams anyway. There are a few specific places you might want to reference before you put your money on the line.
One good place to check is with the SEC. If the company files with the SEC they are making an attempt to look legitimate. Along the same lines you may also want to check with your state regulator as well as the state regulator for the state in which the company is located. This is often the first place complaints about a company or stock are registered; some complaints never leave this state level, so you may find out more by going directly to the state office. Continue reading
Most consider penny stock trading to be the exchange of stocks at a price between $1 and $5 per share. You’ll also see them labeled as micro cap stocks, microcap stocks, nano stocks or even just small cap stocks. But that doesn’t mean there is less risk involved in this market; in fact these stocks generally carry more risk. That’s why it’s a good idea to practice trading before you start investing real money.
Penny stock trading occurs within the OTCBB (Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board) or on the Pink Sheets. So you’ll also find these stocks labeled as OTC stocks (OTC stands for over-the-counter). They tend to represent smaller companies, newer companies or struggling companies. They either haven’t proven themselves enough to list on NASDAQ or the grand New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) or in some cases they’ve been penalized by those exchanges and removed.
There is a common misnomer regarding this type of trading. Continue reading
Be careful because penny stock fraud is frequent and pervasive. I don’t mean to scare you away from penny stock trading, however you need to realize that many unscrupulous individuals are out there eager to exploit newbies in this field.
The SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) estimates that penny stock fraud costs the economy billions of dollars every year. As stocks not on the NYSE or NASDAQ often do not need to fulfill the same standards to trade within Pink Sheets or the OTCBB, they can be much more susceptible to being manipulated and falsified online.
While some microcap fraud may occur on the NASDAQ Small Cap Market, a vast majority of stock fraud occurs in the OTC Market. So proceed with caution and always do your due diligence when trading penny stocks. Continue reading