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Reassessing Market Options During Uncertain Times

During times of uncertainty, many company executives find themselves evaluating their initiatives, priorities and expenses through a new lens.  In recent months, we’ve spoken with management teams as they wrestle with whether it makes sense to maintain their exchange listing on NASDAQ or NYSE, given the cost and complexity it creates for their teams. Continue reading “Reassessing Market Options During Uncertain Times”

Today’s State of the Community Banking Market: Five Topics Being Discussed Among Bankers

Wall Street vs. Main Street – the discussion of the differences between the two is age-old.  Throughout this COVID-19 Pandemic, OTC Markets Group has seen America’s community banks step up to support the small businesses in their local communities by providing loans and other much needed financial support. Continue reading “Today’s State of the Community Banking Market: Five Topics Being Discussed Among Bankers”

Before You Go Public on Pink

It is a common misconception that going public on the Pink market is a low cost, efficient way to gain visibility for your company, and in turn, establish liquidity. However, when you dig a little deeper, you find that cheaper is not always better and that it can add substantially more cost in the long run.  Regardless of your goals in the public markets, there are key factors including transparency, public perception and tradability that should be considered when evaluating your options. Continue reading “Before You Go Public on Pink”

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”

Davos: A Glimpse Into The Global Innovation Economy, The World Economic Forum gives valuable insight into the trends of the next decade.

Each year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) meets in Davos, Switzerland to engage the most influential political, business, cultural and other society leaders to shape global agendas. At the WEF, there is the shared understanding that the themes discussed at the Forum are often more widely representative of broader social trends. This year, increased pressure from geopolitical and economic instability brought with it a greater commitment to the original intentions of the WEF: identify leaders who are making waves in the world economy today and encouraging the growth of emerging markets all over the world. All discussions resulted with one underlying theme: progress happens when people who have the drive and influence to make positive change come together. Continue reading “Davos: A Glimpse Into The Global Innovation Economy, The World Economic Forum gives valuable insight into the trends of the next decade.”

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”

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”

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”

A Snapshot of the 2018 OTCQX® Best 50

We recently announced the 2018 OTCQX® Best 50.  Now In its 4th year, our annual ranking highlights the top 50 U.S. and international companies traded on the OTCQX Best Market, based on an equal weighting of one-year total return and average daily dollar volume growth.   The companies featured in the Best 50 were ranked based upon their performance during the 2017 calendar year.

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