A listed security is a financial instrument that is traded through an exchange, such as the NYSE or Nasdaq. When a private company decides to go public and issue shares, it will need to choose an exchange on which to be listed. To do so, it must be able to meet that exchange’s listing requirements and pay both the exchange’s entry and yearly listing fees. Listing requirements vary by exchange and include minimum stockholder’s equity, a minimum share price, and a minimum number of shareholders. Exchanges have listing requirements to ensure that only high-quality securities are traded on them and to uphold the exchange’s reputation among investors.
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