OVER THE COUNTER Definition

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OVER THE COUNTER (OTC) is a U.S. market for securities that are not listed on an exchange. Security orders are transacted via telephone and a computer network that connect dealers. As opposed to the NYSE, which is an auction market, the OTC is a negotiated market. OTC dealers may either act either as principals or as agents for customers. The OTC market is regulated by the NASD.

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ITEMIZED DEDUCTIONS is amounts paid by an individual taxpayer for personal and quasi-business expenses that can be deducted in computing taxable income, such as medical expenses, property and income taxes, mortgage and investment interest, charitable contributions, moving expenses, casualty and theft losses, and certain miscellaneous expenses. See STANDARD DEDUCTIONS.

VALUES is the beliefs of a person, corporation or social group in which they have an emotional investment (either for or against something), e.g. corporations formalize their ideals through publication of 'Corporate Values'.

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