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OTC Markets Newsletter February 2013

Largest Institutional Investors hold OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink Securities in their Portfolios

It was just a decade ago that OTC Markets Group (OTCQX: OTCM) introduced electronic trading for broker-dealers to better serve investors. Today, because of the widespread price transparency and trade connectivity made possible by OTC Link® ATS, our SEC Registered Alternative Trading System, investors can easily and efficiently buy and sell securities through the institutional, retail or online broker of their choice — in a manner almost identical to buying or selling NYSE or NASDAQ securities.

OTCQX®, OTCQB® and OTC Pink® securities are now held in portfolios managed by over 2,000 of the largest institutional money managers. From more than 1,500 ADRs of global companies, to 700 small community banks, to 2,600 small cap companies current in their SEC-reporting, there is a new world of opportunity for sophisticated investors. Companies are easily organized for investors based on the quality and availability of information, ranging from the qualified companies that meet the high financial standards of OTCQX to more opaque, speculative or distressed OTC Pink companies.

To see the 100 largest buy-side holders, please click here: Top 100 Institutional Investors. For more information about this topic, please contact us anytime.

Planet Payment logo

Quote of the Month

Planet Payment, Inc., a Long Beach, NY-based international payment processing company that traded on OTCQX for over four years, recently listed on NASDAQ. We wish them well on their new endeavor. Here's what the company had to say about its experience on OTCQX:

“Thank you for all of your assistance and support over the past four years, which has helped us achieve this milestone in our Company’s development. As an organization, we have found OTC Markets Group to be unfailingly responsive and courteous to us as well as very commercial and practical in your handling of any issues we’ve had over the years. Trading on OTCQX has been a very positive experience for our Company and our shareholders.”

— Graham Arad, SVP and General Counsel of Planet Payment, Inc.

Monthly Trade Summary — January 2013

OTC Marketplace # Securities* Monthly Dollar Volume Monthly Dollar Volume
per Security
Aggregate Market Capitalization
(in Millions)*
OTCQX® 382 $2,311,654,174 $6,051,451
OTCQB® 3,393 $3,373,955,890 $994,387 $190,647
OTC Pink® Current Information 2,578 $6,398,042,272 $2,481,785 $11,065,244
OTC Pink Limited Information 463 $77,451,813 $167,283 $6,600
OTC Pink No Information 3,145 $731,283,236 $232,522 $30,997
Totals 9,961 $12,892,387,385
$1,294,286 $12,640,452
* Selected data as of January 31, 2013.

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OTC Events

OTC Markets Group has attended or will attend the following events to educate investors, broker-dealers, and OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink companies about our marketplaces.

STA Chicago 87th Annual Mid-Winter Meeting (Jan. 24-26, 2013)

Bank Director’s Acquire or Be Acquired Conference (Jan. 27-29, 2013)

Bucknell University Internship & Job Fair (Jan. 29, 2013)

IR Magazine Awards – Canada (Feb. 6, 2013)

35TH Annual Conference on Securities Regulation and Business Law (Feb. 7-8, 2013)

IPAA-OGIS Florida Conference (Feb. 13, 2013)

Princeton University Career Fair (Feb. 22, 2013)

25th Annual ROTH Conference (Mar. 17-20, 2013)

STANY’s 77th Annual Conference and Dinner (Apr. 25, 2013)

NY Tech Day (Apr. 25, 2013)

Contact us if you are interested in meeting us at one of these events.

OTC Markets News

OTC Market's Coulson Says Fragmentation is Good - Traders Magazine Online (Jan. 31, 2013)

Industry debates test program for small-cap stock pricing - Reuters (Feb. 5, 2013)

Market participants urge US tick size reform - The Trade USA (Feb. 5, 2013)

OTC Markets Group CEO: Dividend Tax Unfair Even Before 'Cliff' - CNBC (Dec. 27, 2012)

Tax Code Rewards Debt, Penalizes Dividends - (Dec. 7, 2012)

“I Was a Frustrated Trader” - The Motley Fool (Dec. 19, 2012)

OTC Market Regulation & Compliance

Updates from FINRA

FINRA will be creating a new OTC Reporting Facility (ORF) that is expected to replace the current OTC Reporting Facility in August 2013. The new ORF will incorporate new message formats for trade reporting. More information can be found by clicking here.

FINRA is proposing to amend the FINRA trade reporting rules to require member firms to report OTC transactions in NMS and OTC equity securities to FINRA as soon as practicable, but no later than 10 seconds following an execution. The SEC is requesting comments on the proposed rule change. More information can be found by clicking here.

OTC Product Updates

The OTC Service Provider Directory

Look for the inaugural issue of the OTC Service Provider Directory. The OTC Service Provider Directory is designed for companies that demonstrate expertise in 3rd party services and can benefit the 10,000 companies that trade on our marketplaces. It will be distributed to OTC Markets Group’s expansive network and will also be available on the website.

A basic listing in the OTC Service Provider Directory is free of charge. Advertising in the Directory is available for a fee. To learn more about pricing, contact Allison Funkhouser at 212-896-4470 or

Market Data Updates

• Wolverine Trading Technologies is now a distributor of our Level 1 Real-Time data.

• After the merger of TradeKing and Zecco, OTC Markets Real-Time Level 1 prices are available to TradeKing customers.

• The OTC Markets RSS Feed, which includes unique OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink company news and financial reports distributed through the OTC Disclosure & News Service, is now available via ADVFN, Factset, and Trackdata.

OTCQX - New Additions

6 companies joined OTCQX in January 2013:

A complete list of OTCQX companies is available on

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