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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.

Three Strong Points for SME Markets

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.

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

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”

5 Takeaways from our Small-Cap IR Summit

As part of this year’s NIRI conference, OTC Markets Group worked with the team to organize and moderate a panel of industry experts dedicated to addressing the needs of small cap IR professionals. Continue reading “5 Takeaways from our Small-Cap IR Summit”

Challenges Faced by Small-Caps: The Results are in…

For unique insight into the small cap companies trading on our markets, we recently engaged their C-suite to shed light upon some of the challenges they face when trying to drive and increase investor interest in their stock. Continue reading “Challenges Faced by Small-Caps: The Results are in…”

Corporate Governance Rules of the Road

There is growing interest in the area of Corporate Governance and how companies can leverage best practices to attract investors and lower the cost of raising capital.  To provide companies with the “rules of the road” we recently hosted a webinar with Compass Investor Relations.   Continue reading “Corporate Governance Rules of the Road”

Think an IPO is the only way to access the Public Markets?

The high cost to complete an IPO onto a U.S. stock exchange – on average $2.5 million*, combined with the declining bank appetite for small-cap IPOs, is forcing many small companies to stay private longer. However, the public markets offer tremendous benefits for small-cap companies seeking to raise capital and grow their businesses. Fortunately, an IPO isn’t the only method for small companies to gain the benefits of a public market. Continue reading “Think an IPO is the only way to access the Public Markets?”

3 Best Practices to build an effective IR Strategy

With more than 6,000 small and micro-cap companies trading on our markets, we are uniquely positioned to understand the issues they face, and help them effectively navigate the public markets. Continue reading “3 Best Practices to build an effective IR Strategy”

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