Over-the-Counter Option

Over-the-Counter Option

An option traded off-exchange, as opposed to a listed stock option. The OTC option has a direct link between buyer and seller, has no secondary market, and has no standardization of striking prices and expiration dates. See also Secondary Market.

OTC Options

Option contracts that are not traded on an exchange. Because they are over-the-counter, OTC options are not standardized contracts and, as a result, can have any number of unusual features. This allows investors more flexibility, but creates additional risk. See also: Exotic option.
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hedge funds, which have become skeptical about Japan, are resorting to an over-the-counter option called swaptions that they expect will be extremely profitable for them should Japanese bonds yields rise.
It is the first and only over-the-counter option that treats the OAB symptoms, including urinary incontinence, urgency and frequency.
Last year Merck (through its Schering-Plough Healthcare Products unit) helped bring new revenue to retailers with its introduction of Zegerid OTC, an over-the-counter option for treating heartburn.
However, ESL and Citigroup have decided not to proceed with the proposed sale by the ESL partnerships of the over-the-counter option providing for the purchase by an affiliate of Citigroup of 4.
Eczema is a systemic condition and AtopX has shown dramatic effectiveness in early clinical results, along with a safety profile rivaling even over-the-counter options.
Also fueling the growth of home health care are a shortage of primary care physicians and access to better over-the-counter options, according to new research from the Global Market Development Center Already, eight in 10 consumers favor trying O-T-Cs before visiting a health care professional, GMDC found.
45% wished there were more over-the-counter options available to treat joint pain.
Two non-surgical, over-the-counter options are now available to treat incontinence: A disposable, nonabsorbent product called the Poise Impressa, or the Automatic Pelvic Exercising (APEX) device,
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): These include common over-the-counter options, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) and naproxen sodium (Aleve), as well as prescription NSAIDs like indomethacin (Indocin) or celecoxib (Celebrex).
8220;Though over-the-counter options may seem cheaper initially, they can cost you a great deal in the long run due to their ineffectiveness and potential health hazards.
However, in recognition of their often-hectic schedules, restaurants are expected to increase take-out and over-the-counter options, in addition to healthier foods, to lure them back over time.
Local pharmacies can offer several inexpensive over-the-counter options, he said.

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