About OTC Markets

This page is designed to give issuers a quick overview of the OTC Markets.  It is for information purposes only, and D.A. Davidson makes no representations as to its accuracy, nor is D.A. Davidson affiliated with OTC Markets.  For more comprehensive information, visit otcmarkets.com.






OTC Markets organize 10,000 securities into three markets, the OTCQX®, OTCQB®, and OTC Pink®, to better inform investors.


Webinar: Understanding OTC Markets for Community Banks

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Join D.A. Davidson and OTC Markets Group for a webinar that discusses the opportunities banks have to increase their shareholder value in the public markets and grow their bank's visibility.

We invite any bank that is currently publicly traded or looking to go public on OTC Markets to listen.


OTC Market Comparison for Banks



OTCQX for Banks - The Best Market

Offers transparent and efficient trading of established, investor-focused U.S. and global companies. To qualify for the OTCQX market, companies must meet high financial standards, follow best practice corporate governance, demonstrate compliance with U.S. securities laws, and have a professional third-party sponsor introduction. Penny stocks, shells and companies in bankruptcy cannot qualify for OTCQX. The companies found on OTCQX are distinguished by the integrity of their operations and diligence with which they convey their qualifications.

 OTCQX Banks Brochure 




OTCQB - The Venture Market

For early-stage and developing U.S. and international companies that are not yet able to qualify for OTCQX. To be eligible, companies must be current in their reporting and undergo an annual verification and management certification process. Companies must meet $0.01 bid test and may not be in bankruptcy.




OTC Pink - The Open Market

The Pink Open Market offers trading in a wide spectrum of securities through any broker. With no minimum financial standards, this market includes foreign companies that limit their disclosure, penny stocks and shells, as well as distressed, delinquent, and dark companies not willing or able to provide adequate information to investors. As Pink requires the least in terms of company disclosure, investors are strongly advised to proceed with caution and thoroughly research companies before making any investment decisions.