Open-Market Transaction

Open-Market Transaction

A transaction in which a person with inside information on a company buys or sells that company's stocks after filing all pertinent forms with the SEC. An open-market transaction is the only legal way for an insider to trade on a company without committing the crime of insider trading. In an open-market transaction, the insider makes the transaction as close to the market price as possible.
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If the client simply engages in a standard open-market transaction, such as purchasing a publicly traded security, and there was no criminal intent, it probably does not qualify for the theft-loss deduction.