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Enhancing the Process of Online Capital Raising

As the leading market for 2,000 venture-stage companies, we spend a lot of time working with smaller issuers to solve the challenges they face accessing the benefits of the public markets. For many, having access to the cost-effective capital they need to drive growth and fuel their businesses rises to the top of their priority list. Continue reading “Enhancing the Process of Online Capital Raising”

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”

By Putting UBPR and Call Reports Under the Microscope with Qaravan, Investors and Bank Stakeholders Can Gain Meaningful Insight Far Beyond Raw Data

The banking industry is unique in the amount of regulatory scrutiny it is subject to, much of which is in the form of self-reporting. Since legislation was passed in 1975 in response to the failure of two federally chartered institutions (United States National Bank and Franklin National Bank), every national bank, state bank, federal savings bank, federal savings association, and credit union is mandated by law to report highly standardized and detailed information about its operations to a central authority, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC).

Continue reading “By Putting UBPR and Call Reports Under the Microscope with Qaravan, Investors and Bank Stakeholders Can Gain Meaningful Insight Far Beyond Raw Data”

More Efficient Access to U.S. Capital Markets

Many foreign issuers are unaware that there are limitations as to what can be achieved by solely listing in their home (primary) market.  At a time of continued uncertainty around fiscal and monetary policies, the influence of geopolitical factors and their impact on the global economy, gaining access to the U.S. capital markets is imperative for many international companies.  Now more than ever, companies must consider efficient ways to expand their global footprint and engage a U.S. audience to broaden and diversify their shareholder base. Continue reading “More Efficient Access to U.S. Capital Markets”

OTC Markets Group Top Performing Banks Report by Qaravan: 2Q 2019

Advanced Data Analysis Helps Connect the Dots to Highlight the Nation’s Top Performing Community Banks

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ESOPs: The Importance of Small Company Employee Ownership

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) allow employees to participate in the economic performance of a company, share in corporate profits, and save for retirement.  Congress has long recognized the advantages of employee ownership by authorizing and encouraging ESOPs through favorable tax treatment.

However, current IRS regulations significantly restrict the ability of many small public companies not traded on a national securities exchange to offer ESOPs to their employees.  These outdated regulations negatively impact hundreds of qualified, U.S.-based companies on the OTCQX and OTCQB markets that collectively employ over 100,000 workers. Continue reading “ESOPs: The Importance of Small Company Employee Ownership”

2019 Mid Year Review

In 2019, we welcomed nearly 200 companies to our OTCQX and OTCQB Markets, moved into new offices in New York and London, and launched our Virtual Investor Conference platform. As we look ahead to the rest of the year, we review key milestones in our ongoing mission to provide companies with more efficient solutions to better engage and inform investors. Continue reading “2019 Mid Year Review”

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