As an investor, understanding how stock exchanges work can benefit you immensely, especially when you are looking into long term investment possibilities. While we are all familiar with the New York Stock Exchange, regional stock exchanges are not as commonly known in the investment world. Here are the basics of regional stock exchanges and how they could affect you as an investor.

Regional Stock Exchanges

A regional stock exchange is any stock exchange that takes place outside of the financial hub of the country. In the United States, the New York Stock Exchange represents the financial hub of the country. This is where the vast majority of stocks are traded and other important market considerations take place. However, in addition to the New York Stock Exchange, the United States also has several other stock exchanges within it. These are known as regional stock exchanges and operate in the same manner as the New York Stock Exchange.

Locations

In the United States, there are six regional stock exchanges that are registered with the SEC. there is the Boston Stock Exchange, the Chicago Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, the Pacific Stock Exchange and the CBOE Stock Exchange. All of these regional stock exchanges are where over-the-counter securities are traded.

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