This book provides the first comprehensive treatment of the over-the-counter market in the United Kingdom, beginning with its inception in the early 1970s and tracing its development to the present day. Armed with the full understanding of the market provided by this valuable handbook, investors will find that the OTC offers them tremendous opportunities. Of particular interest to them, therefore, will be the clear and intelligible examination of the workings of the market, which gives information on risk assessment, procedures for dealing, costs of buying and selling shares, regulation, and the influence of the Business Expansion Scheme on the OTC. The dangers for investors on the OTC are not denied, however. The book concludes with a look at the reasons for the phenomenal sucess of the OTC in the United States and predicts a similarly bright future for the OTC in the United Kingdom if it is allowed to develop along similar lines.