The Best Market
The OTCQXÃÂ® Best Market enables qualified smaller and growth companies to provide an exchange-quality trading experience with superior information availability for investors. OTCQX companies get the benefits of being publicly traded, all within an appropriately tailored regulatory environment. This enables management to focus on growing business, while also helping to increase visibility, improve liquidity, build trust, and raise more capital at better valuations.
Get the Benefits of Being Publicly Traded
- See prices and access market data – OTCQX sets the best price standard by broadly distributing market data through multiple channels, including Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, and other leading market distributors.
- Access company information – OTC Markets Group's system of tiered markets helps investors identify the highest-quality companies. OTCQX and the included suite of Corporate Services empower public companies to improve the visibility and availability of their information.
- Trade through the broker of their choice – Investors can buy and sell OTCQX securities through the institutional, retail or online broker-dealer of their choice, making the trading experience nearly identical to that of trading NYSE or NASDAQ securities.
As part of the approval process, OTCQX companies are required to submit an introductory letter from an approved OTCQX Sponsor. An OTCQX Sponsor can be either an approved investment bank, attorney or DR Bank. OTCQX Sponsors can also provide professional guidance to generate investor demand, build long term relationships, and assist the company in adhering to disclosure protocols.
Corporate IR Services
OTCQX gives smaller and growth companies a suite of services to optimize and build their investor relations programs – enabling them to effectively share their qualifications and distribute information – simply.
OTC Disclosure & News: Publish and distribute data, news, and financials to a wide audience of investors.
Companies use the OTC Disclosure & News to post disclosure and company news for investors. Annual and interim reports, news releases, material events, investor videos, and presentations appear on www.otcmarkets.com and the company quote page. Companies can also elect to have this information feed directly to PR Newswire’s expansive network, including local, national and Reg. FD-compliant news portals. OTC Disclosure & News also distributes fundamental data in XBRL format through EDGAR Online to investment databases and financial sites such as Yahoo! Finance.
Real Time Level 2 Quotes: Give investors access to real-time bid and ask price and size.
Investors want to see current available liquidity in a security. OTCQX includes sponsorship of real-time level 2 quotes – so all investors and market participants can see broker-dealer bid and ask prices and size, closely track market activity, and trade with confidence.
Blue Sky Monitoring: Expand investment advisors’ ability to research and recommend securities.
Blue Sky laws are U.S. state laws that regulate the offer and sale of securities. In order for regulated broker-dealers and investment advisors to be able to recommend, solicit or even discuss a security with investors in any of the 50 states or 4 U.S. territories, the security must comply with the blue sky laws of the state in which the investor resides.
Many companies are surprised to learn that their securities are not compliant with the Blue Sky laws in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Companies on OTCQX are typically automatically compliant in 38 – 45 states, and can independently work to gain compliance in additional states.
The OTCQX Blue Sky Monitoring Service offers companies a customized daily audit of state-by-state compliance and advance reminders on filing renewal deadlines, so they can track and expand their reach to a greater pool of U.S. investors.
Morningstar Reports: Provide investors with an independent view of your company's performance.
OTC Markets Group has collaborated with Morningstar, a leading provider of independent investment research, to provide complimentary access to Morningstar quantitative equity ratings and research reports for OTCQX companies through www.otcmarkets.com. Morningstar quantitative equity ratings provide investors with forward-looking quantitative assessments that offer insight beyond historical financial numbers alone.
OTC Market Report: Get a weekly summary of market performance and trading activity.
OTCQX companies get a concise visual summary of market performance and trading activity delivered weekly via email. OTC Market Reports can be easily redistributed to a company’s board of directors, management team, and shareholders.
OTC Link® ATS is an SEC registered Alternative Trading System that directly links a diverse network of leading U.S. broker-dealers providing liquidity and execution services in a wide spectrum of U.S. and global securities.
Its real-time price transparency and connectivity offers broker-dealers control of trades and choice of counterparties so they can efficiently provide best execution, attract order flow and comply with FINRA and SEC regulations.