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Blue Sky Compliance Data – Exemption Types & Data Transparency

Data Transparency is not simply about making more data available; it is about helping users, both business and technical, better understand a data set and use that information to improve processes and products across an organization.  This concept of “transparency” was a guiding factor in our development of the Blue Sky Compliance product. After analyzing our new data set and identifying additional areas for automation and process improvement, our latest blog delves deeper into  Exemption Type data and examines how users can leverage this data point to reduce complexity and increase automation.

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Blue Sky Compliance Data – Key Trends

An analysis of data produced by our new Blue Sky Compliance data product has yielded some compelling insight into the OTC equities market.  This latest blog highlights some of the more current trends and identifies additional areas for automation and process improvement.

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Automating and Simplifying Blue Sky Data Compliance

OTC Markets Group continues to develop products and solutions that make our markets more transparent, efficient and cost-effective for our issuers, market participants and investors.  We are therefore excited to announce the launch of our new Blue Sky Compliance data service.

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Q2 Community Bank Data: A Closer Look at What You’ll Find Outside of the Balance Sheet

As Q2 call report data becomes available, analysts are looking for indications of how the pandemic may be impacting allowances and delinquencies in community bank balance sheets.  However, considering COVID-19’s severe economic impacts didn’t begin until mid-March, what may be more telling at this juncture may be what is occurring off balance sheet.

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Quantifying Listed Low Price Security Risk – Small Cap Compliance Risk Scoring

The events of 2020 have raised plenty of compliance issues within the equity markets including the explosion of retail activity, day-to-day event driven volatility and the influx of COVID-19/health care sector securities.  They have also highlighted an issue that has often been overlooked during more sanguine markets – the large number of ‘Low Priced Securities’ (LPS) on U.S. exchanges. Continue reading “Quantifying Listed Low Price Security Risk – Small Cap Compliance Risk Scoring”

Investors Be Alert—“Penny Stocks” Can also Trade on Exchanges

In my most recent blog post, Capital Raising During Times of Uncertainty—Issuers Beware!, I discussed the issues facing small and micro-cap companies as they confront critical funding issues and the heightened need to secure growth capital. The companies that do all the right things and provide quality disclosure deserve a public market that provides a mechanism for investment funding to keep their businesses going.  However, some may still fall victim to bad actors. We cautioned issuers to beware of “too good to be true” financings with terms that dump shares, dilute shareholder value and destroy companies. Continue reading “Investors Be Alert—“Penny Stocks” Can also Trade on Exchanges”

Are CRE Concentrations Still a Financial Crisis Prognosticator?

During the Great Recession, commercial real estate (CRE) lending practices were heavily scrutinized and considered to be a leading factor of economic downturn. As a result, bank concentrations in CRE are assumed to be a strong predictor of bank failures.

Over a decade later, rising bank CRE lending concentration levels accompanied by historically high CRE prices have many economists convinced that regulations need to be revisited so history doesn’t repeat itself. As they debate whether or not current CRE lending practices are an accurate prognosticator, recent Qaravan data tells a far more nuanced story. Continue reading “Are CRE Concentrations Still a Financial Crisis Prognosticator?”

Key Takeaways From Regulators’ Recent CECL Final Policy Statement

In late December, an interagency body of regulators closed the comment period for a set of proposed changes to the ever-evolving CECL standard.  Regulators have recently come back with their responses to industry comments in the form of the “Final Policy Statement for FASB ASC Topic 326” found here:  https://www.fdic.gov/news/board/2020/2020-02-20-notational-fr.pdf Continue reading “Key Takeaways From Regulators’ Recent CECL Final Policy Statement”

CECL is Coming: Here’s How Bank Stakeholders Can Anticipate Its Impact While Making Their Voices Heard

With the most sweeping re-casting of credit risk management in decades looming on the horizon, regulators, bank executives and the markets are bracing for the potential disruptive ramifications of this new set of credit loss accounting standards. In response to calls for a more cautious rollout, regulators have agreed to an implementation extension for most community banks. Continue reading “CECL is Coming: Here’s How Bank Stakeholders Can Anticipate Its Impact While Making Their Voices Heard”

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