Penny stocks can be difficult investments for many retail investors, with shares trading for only a few cents always listed on the pink sheets and frequently involving high fees and high risk. But the next best thing is to go for low-priced investments that barely qualify for the major exchanges, skirting the $1 share price limit. Right now, a number of decent small-cap financial companies are right on the line with shares at around a buck apiece. My Portfolio Grader analysis tool tells me that several of these financial stocks are seeing strong quantitative buying pressure, what I call "quant." That means buyers are dramatically outpacing sellers even in this volatile market -- a great sign for these stocks. To help you get into these penny stock picks before they take off, here's my list of six cheap financial investments to buy now.