Letter Security

DEFINITION of 'Letter Security'

A security that is not registered with the SEC, and therefore cannot be sold publicly in the marketplace. Letter securities are sold directly by the issuer to the investor. The term is derived from the SEC requirement for an "investment letter" from the purchaser, stating that the purchase is for investment purposes and is not intended for resale.


Also known as restricted security, letter stock or letter bond.

BREAKING DOWN 'Letter Security'

Letter securities are often offered by means of private placements to institutional investors. They may also be offered to accredited investors, who may need to demonstrate that they possess the financial means to invest in, and the expertise to assess the risks of, such securities. Letter securities may have conditions attached to them such as a mandatory hold period. They are sometimes registered with the SEC at a subsequent date.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Offering Memorandum

    A legal document stating the objectives, risks and terms of investment ...
  2. Registration

    1. The process by which a company files required documents with ...
  3. Securities And Exchange Commission ...

    A government commission created by Congress to regulate the securities ...
  4. Private Placement

    The sale of securities to a relatively small number of select ...
  5. Securities Exchange Act Of 1934

    The Securities Exchange Act of 1934 was created to provide governance ...
  6. Value Investing

    The strategy of selecting stocks that trade for less than their ...
Related Articles
  1. Investing Basics

    SEC Filings: Forms You Need To Know

    The forms companies are required to file provide a clear view of their histories and progress.
  2. Personal Finance

    Reg AC: What Does It Mean To Investors?

    In 2003, the SEC issued a new regulation meant to hold analysts more accountable for their reports. Find out what it means.
  3. Active Trading

    Using Public SEC Filings To Analyze Companies

    Reports from the Securities and Exchange Commission provide investors with an edge in determining the investment value of companies. Learn what to look for in these financial reports.
  4. Options & Futures

    What Does Quadruple Witching Mean?

    In a financial context, quadruple witching refers to the day on which contracts for stock index futures, index options, and single stock futures expire.
  5. Professionals

    Is A Stockbroker Career For You?

    Becoming a stockbroker requires a broad skill set and the willingness to put in long hours. But the rewards can be enormous.
  6. Investing Basics

    How to Pick A Stock

    The first step in picking stock is to determine your goals.
  7. Investing Basics

    5 Tips On When To Buy Your Stock

    Buying stocks that make you money can be a satisfying experience for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the impact it has on your bottom line.
  8. Investing

    Where to Ride Out the Volatility

    The one word that characterizes financial markets today: volatile. Take a look at these three considerations.
  9. Stock Analysis

    The Top 5 Micro Cap Telecommunication Stocks for 2016 (CLFD,LMOS)

    Identify and learn about five of the best micro-cap telecommunications stocks to consider for your diversified portfolio for 2016 and beyond.
  10. Investing News

    Can Oil Sink More? Experts Give Mixed Opinions

    Plummeting oil prices are the gift that keeps on giving. Not. BlackRock's Larry Fink is among those who say we haven't hit rock bottom.
RELATED FAQS
  1. Where do penny stocks trade?

    Generally, penny stocks are traded through the use of the Over the Counter Bulletin Board (OTCBB) and through pink sheets. ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Where can I buy penny stocks?

    Some penny stocks, those using the definition of trading for less than $5 per share, are traded on regular exchanges such ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. How does the stock market react to changes in the Federal Funds Rate?

    The stock market reacts to changes in the federal funds rate in various ways depending on where it is in the business cycle. ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What are the requirements for being a Public Limited Company?

    The requirements for an entity to be considered a public limited company (PLC) include registration requirements, establishing ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How do I place an order to buy or sell shares?

    It is easy to get started buying and selling stocks, especially with the advancements in online trading since the turn of ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Is there a difference between financial spread betting and arbitrage? (AAPL, NFLX)

    Financial spread betting is a type of speculation that involves a highly leveraged derivative product, whereas arbitrage ... Read Full Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Super Bowl Indicator

    An indicator based on the belief that a Super Bowl win for a team from the old AFL (AFC division) foretells a decline in ...
  2. Flight To Quality

    The action of investors moving their capital away from riskier investments to the safest possible investment vehicles. This ...
  3. Discouraged Worker

    A person who is eligible for employment and is able to work, but is currently unemployed and has not attempted to find employment ...
  4. Ponzimonium

    After Bernard Madoff's $65 billion Ponzi scheme was revealed, many new (smaller-scale) Ponzi schemers became exposed. Ponzimonium ...
  5. Quarterly Earnings Report

    A quarterly filing made by public companies to report their performance. Included in earnings reports are items such as net ...
Trading Center