What is a listing?

In corporate finance, listing refers to a particular company’s shares listed on a stock exchange. A listed security is a stock, bond, derivative, exchange-traded fund, mutual fund or other security that trades on a national exchange.

Deeper definition

To have listings, a publicly traded company must adhere to certain rules that vary from exchange to exchange. The requirements exist to encourage as much exchange stability as possible. To become listed, companies usually have to include several years of financial statements in addition to other items. A company can be delisted if it falls below the listing requirements for too long without showing any sign of recovery.

Listing example

When a company has listed securities, it is required to make routine public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and derivatives can be listed as securities.


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