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Latest commentary on Market Structure, Compliance, Small Cap and Reg A+ issues, including insights on the news and trends that affect the public markets.

OTC Markets Group Establishes A Stock Promotion Policy

By Laura Anthony | Legal & Compliance, LLC

As OTC Markets Group continues to position itself as a respected venture trading platform, it has adopted a new stock promotion policy and best practices guidelines to improve investor transparency and address concerns over fraudulent or improper stock promotion campaigns. Continue reading “OTC Markets Group Establishes A Stock Promotion Policy”

PR & the Small Cap Company

What is IR?

For small cap companies, the view of communications is most often through the lens of Investor Relations (IR) – the process of interacting with shareholders, the investment community and the financial media. Continue reading “PR & the Small Cap Company”

Shining a Light on Stock Promotion… New Policy + Best Practices = Enhanced Market Transparency

The increased proliferation of digital platforms, social media and online investment newsletters can offer today’s public companies and investor relations professionals more immediate access to engage with a broader universe of potential investors. Continue reading “Shining a Light on Stock Promotion… New Policy + Best Practices = Enhanced Market Transparency”

Short-Term Gain = Long-Term Pain?

Building a Sustainable Public Company with Longer-Term Investors

Continue reading “Short-Term Gain = Long-Term Pain?”

Discover Small-Cap IR Best Practices to Attract Investors

Earlier this year we shared the results from our inaugural Small-Cap Survey. Our final whitepaper with IR Magazine on small-cap company issues was influenced by the key finding that 70% of CEOs/CFOs at small-caps manage their IR internally, but they spend only 11% of their time on investor outreach. Continue reading “Discover Small-Cap IR Best Practices to Attract Investors”

Three Strong Points for SME Markets

Barriers of Entry to Equity Market Financing for SMEs

Earlier in 2017, The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) released their report highlighting major barriers of entry to equity market financing for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). In conjunction with a survey infrastructure supported by the Milken Institute, the WFE made three key recommendations to securities market regulators and exchanges: Continue reading “Three Strong Points for SME Markets”

Capital is the lifeblood of every business & there are multiple options for Small-cap companies to access it

Small-cap companies require capital to hire new employees, purchase equipment, develop new products and services and expand their operations.  And while they have multiple options when it comes to raising capital to finance their businesses, not all options are created equal. Continue reading “Capital is the lifeblood of every business & there are multiple options for Small-cap companies to access it”

Is Regulation A+ an Initial Public Offering – IPO?

By Rod Turner | Manhattan Street Capital, Inc.

What is Regulation A+?

This is not a traditional IPO. While you are allowed to use a Reg A+ offering to take your company public and list it on the NASDAQ or the NYSE, that is not a requirement, and it is not the path most companies will take because the reporting costs from being public on the big boards are very high. Continue reading “Is Regulation A+ an Initial Public Offering – IPO?”

Set out on a journey and make your mark… OTCQX Blue Sky Recognition Expands to 25 States

The Recognition Continues to Grow 

Utah recently became the 25th state to recognize the OTCQX Best Market under its “Blue Sky Manual Exemption” for secondary trading.  Just one year after Vermont first recognized OTCQX, reaching half of the 50 states marks a pivotal milestone in our quest to achieve national Blue Sky recognition.  The addition of Utah followed recent recognitions from Delaware, West Virginia, Indiana and Maine.     Continue reading “Set out on a journey and make your mark… OTCQX Blue Sky Recognition Expands to 25 States”

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