Market 101 – Introduction

OTC Markets Group operates open, transparent and financial marketplaces for 10,000 U.S. and global securities.

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

What trades on the OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink marketplaces?

The OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink marketplaces 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 marketplace offers the best informed and most efficient trading for global companies, such as Allianz (OTCQX: AZSEY), BASF (OTCQX: BASFY), Canadian Oil Sands (COSWF), Danone (OTCQX: DANOY), Deutsche Telekom (OTCQX: DTEGY), Publicis Group (OTCQX: PUBGY) and Roche (OTCQX: RHHBY), and some of the most successful and high-growth U.S. companies, including 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 OTC 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 OTC Pink marketplaces.

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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