why are they called pink slips?

Good Question Melisa Oldham


The History of of Pink Slips…because in the old days when they didn’t have computers to trade every day on and 99% trading was on the Floor at Wall Street and at the docks where the boats were unloading the products ( dirt floor too ) they would hold out pieces of paper with a bid on it to the a guy standing on a Milk crate selling the stock (the ask) and the bidders waved their bids at him..any ways, A big buyer like a Rockefeller type didn’t have any paper, so he asked a lady on the curb out side if she has a Slip ( goes under a dress) on and she said yes.he asked if he could buy it for a lot of money too by the way..well of course she said yes..so he tore it up in pieces to use to write on and buy ( bid ) his buys on..well his unusual piece of paper as it were kept catching the eye of the asked (seller) and he made a killing that day on all the stocks he bought cheap.. now why is this unusual you ask… because the slip was PINK !! and then hence became known as Pink Slips…and that’s my story and i’m sticking to it…jp

A few other definitions:

a pink slip  (American)

a letter from your employer which tells you that you do not have a job any more..ouch!!
Pink sheets
Refers to over-the-counter trading. Daily publication of the National Quotation Bureau that reports the bid and ask prices of thousands of OTC stocks, as well as the market makers who trade each stock.
Pink Sheets

The registered name for a privately owned company that operates a centralized quotation service that collects and distributes market maker quotations for securities traded in the over-the-counter market. The service is named for the color of the sheets on which the National Quotation Bureau distributed bid and ask quotations for OTC securities. In 1999 Pink Sheets introduced its Electronic Quotation Service, which provides real-time quotes for OTC equities and bonds. See also OTC Bulletin BoardYellow Sheets.
Blues Comments: Well there you have it Mel..hope I heled you out there with a very good question on Pink Slips..