This article is from Benzinga’s Partner Content team
The U.S. equities universe is a lot larger than most people realize. While there are over 6,000 stocks that trade on the NYSE and Nasdaq—the two largest U.S. exchanges—U.S. investors actually have access to over 10,000 securities via OTC Markets.
A little under half of those securities represent international companies. Within the top tier of OTC Markets specifically—the OTCQX Best Market, which requires the most financial disclosures—there are over 470 securities. And while there are indexes that help track the market, it’s also worth knowing which industries are most represented.
These are the industries that OTC Markets Groups’ OTCQX Market tier provides the most exposure:
1) Banks and Financial Institutions
Of the over 470 securities on OTCQX, 103 are in the financial sector. This 21% weighting is above the 12% that the S&P 500 devotes to the sector.
The majority of these securities represent regional and community banks, such as Revere Bank (OTCQX: REVB) …