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”
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”
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!”
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.”
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”
In November, the federal banking agencies jointly issued a final rule that provides for an optional, simplified measure of capital adequacy, known as the community bank leverage ratio framework (CBLR), for qualifying community banking organizations. The final became effective on January 1, 2020.
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”
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”
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”