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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”

Exploring the Investor Impact of an SEC Rule Proposal

The SEC’s proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-11 focus on ways to incentivize additional company disclosure in the public markets.  While we strongly support the overall goals of the proposed amendments to increase information availability for investors, we are mindful that this rule has far reaching implications that will reduce market efficiency in certain areas.  Continue reading “Exploring the Investor Impact of an SEC Rule Proposal”

Capital Raising During Times of Uncertainty — Issuers Beware!

As the public market for thousands of early stage and growth companies, OTC Markets Group has seen the good, the hard and the plain ugly when it comes to what happens after a capital raising.  Even in the best of economic times, issuers often fall prey to bad advisors offering “too good to be true” financings with terms that dump shares, dilute shareholder value and destroy companies. Continue reading “Capital Raising During Times of Uncertainty — Issuers Beware!”

OTC Markets Fundamentals

Jason Paltrowitz’s Interview with Edison’s
“Accessing the Global Capital Markets” Interview Series

EVP of Corporate Services for OTC Markets Group, Jason Paltrowitz joins Rachel Carroll – President, Managing Partner of Edison, to discuss our market structure and how OTC Markets Group provides an efficient, cost effective approach to accessing the U.S. Capital Markets. With over 20 years of cross-trading experience, Jason also provides recommendations to small cap companies looking to access the U.S. Capital Markets.

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The Results are in… Congratulations to the 2020 OTCQX® Best 50

OTC Markets is pleased to announce the 2020 OTCQX Best 50 – an annual list of the top 50 U.S. and international companies traded on the OTCQX Best Market.  This year’s roster of industry leaders demonstrates the breadth, depth and diversity of the companies that trade on our premium market. Continue reading “The Results are in… Congratulations to the 2020 OTCQX® Best 50”

Rising Above with a Winning IR Strategy

When the fundamentals of Investor Relations – telling a compelling story to the right investors – are upheld, the results can be extremely positive. However, it can be difficult for small and microcap companies to properly resource IR given that their smaller teams are often tasked with multiple responsibilities. Continue reading “Rising Above with a Winning IR Strategy”

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”

Technology Can Help You Reach New Investors

Investor targeting is an important task for smaller companies that want to improve their liquidity and market capitalization. For these companies to grow their business, it’s essential to find efficient ways to engage the right investors.

New technology is making it easier and more cost effective to reach investors in contrast to the more traditional methods of attending roadshows and investor conferences. Continue reading “Technology Can Help You Reach New Investors”

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”

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