Vancouver Stock Exchange, VAN

Vancouver Stock Exchange is a defunct stock exchange, where a large number of small cap and exploration companies stocks were traded.

Vancouver Stock Exchange (VSE) was a stock exchange based in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was the third major stock exchange in Canada, after the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Montreal Stock Exchange (MSE), and featured many small-cap and exploration stocks.

In 1991, it listed some 2,300 stocks. Some local figures stated that the majority of these stocks were either total failures or frauds. Regardless of the low opinion several held it in, it had roughly four billion dollars in annual trading in 1991.

On November 29, 1999 the VSE was merged into the Canadian Venture Exchange (CDNX), along with the Alberta Stock Exchange (ASE) and the minor-cap stocks from the Bourse de Montreal (MSE). The trading floor of the old VSE remained as the trading floor of the new CDNX.

In 2001, with the Toronto Stock Exchange group acquiring the CDNX, it became Toronto Stock Exchange Venture Exchange establishing its corporate headquarters at Toronto, Ontario. Apart from Vancouver, and Alberta, Montreal and Toronto Stock exchanges were also a part of the agreement.

As per the specialization areas that the stock market deals with, these exchanges agreed to restructure the capital markets of Canada. The junior companies with very low assets, market capitals and not with big business in the technology and industrial sectors were the mainly focused by CDNX; ones that normally, cannot find their place in the list of the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).

The exchange's S&P TSX Venture Composite Index, the benchmark for small-cap stocks in Canada, tracks the exchange's equities. There are three listings: initial public offering (IPO), reverse takeover (RPO), and a capital pool company (CPC) for proven entrepreneurs with a public market track record. Settlement is T+3. Trading hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 16:00 pm Ester time.

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