Market 101 – Introduction

OTC Markets Group Inc. operates the OTCQX® Best Market, the OTCQB® Venture Market, and the Pink® Open Market for 10,000 U.S. and global securities.

Read on to learn about what you can find on our markets, as well as information on market structure, how securities trade, and how the markets are regulated.

What trades on the OTCQX, OTCQB and Pink markets?

The OTCQX, OTCQB and Pink markets represent a wide spectrum of securities:

  • 3,000+ ADRs and foreign ordinaries
  • 1,500+ dividend-paying companies
  • 2,300+ SEC reporting companies
  • 700+ community banks
  • 1,100+ small and micro-cap companies
  • 900+ large and mid-cap companies
  • Industries range across Telecommunications, Pharma & Bio-Tech, Utilities, Finance, Media, Resources and many more.

The OTCQX market offers transparent and efficient trading of established, investor-focused U.S. and global companies, such as Allianz (OTCQX: AZSEY), BASF (OTCQX: BASFY), Danone (OTCQX: DANOY), Deutsche Telekom (OTCQX: DTEGY), Publicis Group (OTCQX: PUBGY), Roche (OTCQX: RHHBY), Computer Services (OTCQX: CSVI) and Nobility Homes (OTCQX: NOBH).

Investor-focused companies use one of the following standards to share disclosure with investors and the professional investment community: OTCQX International Requirements, Alternative Reporting Standards, SEC Reporting or Pink Basic Guidelines. These reporting standards increase the flow of information, raise the profile of companies, improve price discovery, and increase trading and liquidity in the OTCQX, OTCQB and Pink markets.

Learn more about the structure and function of the market by evaluating three concepts:

Let’s get started with Part 1 – Market Structure.

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