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OTCQB versus S&P 500

A funny happened in the last couple of weeks – the global weaknesses in the economies around the world have shone through.  China, the powerhouse economy growing at over seven percent (7%) a year (see the World Bank’s numbers at 7.7% in 2013, 7.8% in 2012 and so on on their website) has stumbled.  Our own Federal Reserve doesn’t know if it will raise the rate it lends to banks.  Europe is in the midst of a crisis of immigration and other issues. To steal a line from Ghostbusters

…real wrath of God type stuff.
…, dogs and cast living together… mass hysteria…

SO what does this mean for us, the micro-cap investors who believe in the little guy and who work in and around entrepreneurs who aren’t part of the S&P 500 index?

A little notoriety

An article in the New York Business Journal entitled “Early – stag companies fair better on the OTCQB than S&P 500 during these turbulent days” is an interesting view of what is happening right now.  Of course, OTC Markets loves the exposure and they have shared this article with many of us who follow them (I would recommend joining their mailing list).  In essence, the OTCQB hasn’t seen the decline that the S&P has (take a look at the OTCQB index on the OTC Markets’ website).  The OTCQB index has only declined by 3.31% in the two week period ending August 28th, 2015 versus the S&P 500 dropping by 5.46%. Why?

First, why are the S&P 500 companies highly sought after by investors?  Because they are big enough to ride out ups and downs.  They are big enough to have robust operations.

Secondly, why are all the globe’s markets down?  China is a harbinger of the global economy being a slump / recession that is deeper than we expected.  Our economy really hasn’t rebounded that much from the 2007 debacle.  Now the rest of the world sees that.

Lastly, the OTCQB is a “venture” marketplace.  The risk is already figured into the stock price since investing in these stocks are smaller and don’t have the resources that the S&P companies do.  But therein is where they fair better in down markets – we’re placing a bet that these guys will graduate to the S&P 500 someday.  That risk isn’t greater because the world’s markets are basket cases.  In fact, that means that innovation and risk takers will be rewarded to an even greater extent.

My conclusions

2015 through 2020 will probably be sideways markets – giving up as much as they give.  Including some up and coming stocks in your portfolio is how I’m mitigating the risk that my portfolio does absolutely no growing during that time.  Of course, I am focused on bonds for current income, but that is pitiful right now.  All in all, it’s a good time to ensure that your business operations yield lots of cash and worry about where you’re going to put it all.  Happy hunting…

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2015 in Business, Public markets

 

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OTCQB Snapshot

Go to http://web.otcmarkets.com/OTCQB-Americas-Venture-Market/ for more information straight from the source of this infographic.

 

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Global GSE Market, Inc. retains Rhodes Holdings LLC

Houston, Texas (October 3, 2013) – Global GSE Holdings, Inc. (referred to as “GSE”) announces today that it retained Rhodes Holdings LLC in order to implement strategies involving public company structure and financing that furthers GSE’s goal to become an S.E.C. reporting public company, providing further financial disclosure, transparency, and ultimately higher liquidity for GSE’s shareholder base.

Our investors have experience working with Rhodes Holdings LLC and its principal, Robert C. Rhodes.  Global GSE Market, Inc. management is pleased to have Mr. Rhodes helping us plan and implement phases of our business plan that will bring value to our shareholders,” said Ms. Maria Vallejo, President of Global GSE Market, Inc.

The major goals for our project associated with Global GSE Market, Inc. are:

  1. Consummate a transaction with a public entity; Global GSE Market, Inc. recently signed a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) with Cornwall Resources, Inc., which Mr. Rhodes is currently the Chairman and CEO.
  2. Provide current information through the OTC Markets disclosure platform.
  3. Update shareholder information available on OTC Markets as well as the GSE website, including a fact sheet and shareholder presentation.
  4. File an S.E.C. registration statement in order to become a 1934 Act S.E.C. reporting publicly traded company.
  5. Make an equity line facility effective from American Equity Fund LLC that will provide an ongoing capital source.  This may be associated with #4.

ABOUT RHODES HOLDINGS LLC

Rhodes Holdings LLC (referred to as “RHL”, https://rhodesholdings.wordpress.com) provides management consulting services that allow its clients to seek financing through the public markets, either through mezzanine debt, equity, or bank debt.  Mr. Rhodes is also the Managing Member of American Equity Fund LLC (http://americanequityfund.com), which provides equity line facilities for reporting publicly traded companies.

ABOUT GLOBAL GSE MARKET, INC.

Global GSE Market, Inc., a Nevada corporation (“GSE”) with operations in Houston, Texas, is a leading online company for reselling surplus aviation ground support equipment.  The exclusive online model employed by Global GSE Market, Inc. on its website at http://www.gsemarket.com matches supply and demand globally for used heavy equipment, while achieving great reach, price performance and efficiency relative to the fragmented network of brokers, dealers and physical auction houses that have traditionally served this market.

ABOUT AMERICAN EQUITY FUND LLC

American Equity Fund LLC (“AEF”, http://americanequityfund.com) provides an alternative funding mechanism, an Equity Line Facility (“ELF”), for SEC reporting publicly traded micro-cap companies that want to take control of their financial futures.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

The statements in this release that relate to the Company’s expectations with regard to the future impact on the Company’s results from new products in development are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  The results anticipated by any or all of these forward-looking statements may not occur.  The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes in the Company’s plans or expectations.

 

CONTACT

For Rhodes Holdings LLC:

Robert C. Rhodes
https://rhodesholdings.wordpress.com
robert.rhodes@rhodes-holdings.com
Main office 281-600-6000 extension 3

For Global GSE Market, Inc.:

http://www.gsemarket.com
investor@gsemarket.com

 

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2013 in BLOG, Business, News

 

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BenchMark Energy releases Q3 and Q4 earnings guidance

Coldspring, Texas (September 20, 2013) – BenchMark Energy Corporation (OTC Pink:BMRK) began providing earnings guidance for its third and fourth quarter earnings based upon contractual agreements for glycerin purchase and delivery. The Company, which just recently achieved Current Information status through the OTC Markets’ disclosure platform, provided earnings per share guidance for a loss of $0.01 to $0.02 per share for the third quarter, and a profit of $0.01 per share for the fourth quarter 2013, with 23,247,121 Common Stock shares outstanding per its second quarter disclosure on OTC Markets’ website. Revenue guidance for the Company is between $250,000 to $300,000 for the third quarter, and between $1,000,000 and $1,100,000 for the fourth quarter 2013.

BenchMark [Energy Corporation’s] revenue has recovered significantly from the second quarter, reflecting management’s efforts to build a solid operational foundation. We secured transactions for 160,000 gallons in the third quarter and 1,500,000 gallons for the fourth quarter, equating to 4.5% of the expected domestic U.S. glycerin supply of 130 million gallons,” said BenchMark Energy Corporation’s CEO Mark Bateman.

The Company’s historical transaction volumes are:

2012 FY – 480,000 gallons (annual)
2013 Q1 – 36,000 gallons
2013 Q2 – 84,000 gallons

Forecasted transaction volume based upon signed and scheduled contractual deliveries are:

2013 Q3 – 160,000 gallons
2013 Q4 – 1,500,000 gallons

Including the previously announced Chinese contract, the Company has contractual commitments to sell at least 504,000 gallons monthly starting in the fourth quarter 2013 and continuing throughout 2014. This means that the Company would account for 6 million gallons of the domestic U.S. glycerin supply, or approximately five percent (5%) of the supply using expected 2013 domestic output.

The Company continues to work through its 90-day plan, with goals still remaining in Phase 1, including providing a fact sheet and investor presentation, engaging a PCAOB auditor, and concluding “work out” activities. Phase 2 activities have already begun as the Company focuses on operations to increase our share of the domestic glycerin marketplace.

ABOUT BENCHMARK ENERGY CORPORATION

BenchMark Energy Corporation (OTC Pink:BMRK) is the source for glycerin and related refined components, providing value through our industry knowledge.” – Our mission statement starts the story, but the rest is available at http://benchmarkenergy.com.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

The statements in this release that relate to the Company’s expectations with regard to the future impact on the Company’s results from new products in development are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The results anticipated by any or all of these forward-looking statements may not occur. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes in the Company’s plans or expectations.

INVESTOR RELATIONS

Ashlee Guzman
(832) 691-0011
investorrelations@benchmarkenergy.com
http://benchmarkenergy.com

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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in BLOG, Business, News, Public markets

 

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BenchMark Energy posts financials on OTC Markets

Coldspring, Texas (September 11, 2013) – BenchMark Energy Corporation (OTCPink:BMRK) achieved Current Information status through the OTC Markets disclosure platform and is providing expanded information on its updated website (http://benchmarkenergy.com). The Company also retained Clear Financial Solutions, Inc., a financial services organization, in order to makes its financials ready for OTC Markets disclosure, as well as being ready for a PCAOB audit, required for filing registration statements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company has retained Mr. Steven M. Plumb, CPA of Clear Financial Solutions, Inc., to become Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of the Company and help complete this registration.

Mr. Plumb remarked on the engagement, “It’s exciting working with BenchMark Energy Corporation while it emerges from its formative stage and achieves this major milestone. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with Benchmark and moving into the next phase of our engagement with them and the engagement of PCAOB auditors. The team assembled by BenchMark’s CEO, Mr. Mark Bateman, now includes Clear Financial Solutions Inc., Rhodes Holdings LLC, and Lunaria Holdings LLC, and shows that BenchMark is working towards enhancing its shareholder value by providing timely financial disclosures.”

The Company has now achieved the first three objectives in its current 90 day plan – assembling a “dream work out team”, public disclosure on OTC Markets, and enhanced shareholder information through an updated website presence.

Goals still remaining in Phase 1 include providing a fact sheet and investor presentation, engaging a PCAOB auditor, and concluding “work out” activities. In Phase 2, the Company will focus on operations to increase our share of the domestic glycerin marketplace.

ABOUT BENCHMARK ENERGY CORPORATION
“BenchMark Energy Corporation (OTCQB:BMRK) is the source for glycerin and related refined components, providing value through our industry knowledge.” – Our mission statement starts the story, but the rest is available at http://www.benchmarkenergy.com.

ABOUT CLEAR FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS, INC.
Clear Financial Solutions, Inc. (referred to as “CFS”, http://www.clearfinancials.com) is a financial services organization dedicated to helping its clients tame the financial reporting requirements of public companies, high growth divisions, and “work out conditions”. CFS’ seasoned partners and staff provide business solutions including Contract CFO Services, SEC Reporting, Technology Commercialization, Business Advisory Services, and SOX solutions for small to medium-sized businesses.

ABOUT RHODES HOLDINGS LLC
Rhodes Holdings LLC (referred to as “RHL”, https://rhodesholdings.wordpress.com) provides management consulting services that allow its clients to seek financing through the public markets, either through mezzanine debt, equity, or bank debt. Mr. Rhodes is also the Managing Member of American Equity Fund LLC (http://americanequityfund.com), which provides equity line facilities for reporting publicly traded companies.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT
The statements in this release that relate to the Company’s expectations with regard to the future impact on the Company’s results from new products in development are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The results anticipated by any or all of these forward-looking statements may not occur. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes in the Company’s plans or expectations.

INVESTOR RELATIONS
Ashlee Guzman
(832) 691-0011
investorrelations@benchmarkenergy.com
http:// benchmarkenergy.com


© by BenchMark Energy Corporation, used by permission. Original press release available at AccessWire or the Company’s own website.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2013 in News

 

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BenchMark Energy retains Rhodes Holdings LLC and Lunaria Consulting LLC

Deutsch: Glycerin

Glycerin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Woodlands, Texas (July 16, 2013 ACCESSWIRE via COMTEX) – BenchMark Energy Corporation (OTCQB:BMRK) announces today that it retained strategy consultants to establish a sound foundation for implementation of its glycerin business plan. Lunaria Consulting LLC is already providing operational planning services yielding rapid forward movement towards previous disclosed BMRK’s goals. Rhodes Holdings LLC implements strategies involving public company structure and financing that furthers BMRK’s goal to become an SEC reporting public company, providing further financial disclosure, transparency, and ultimately a higher liquidity for BMRK’s shareholder base.

We finally got the dream team helping us refine our business plan and laying a sound foundation for its implementation,” said Mr. Mark Bateman, Chairman and CEO of BenchMark Energy Corporation. “Now we have a detailed project plan for how we will achieve our goals. Our activity has increased, and our productivity has already yielded some solid operational performance.

Our first goal is to provide expanded information for shareholders, potential investors, clients, and individuals interested in glycerin. We intend to provide a new website, a fact sheet, and an investor presentation within the next 30 days.

Our second goal is to publicly disclose our financials on the OTC Markets disclosure platform within the next 60 days.

ABOUT BENCHMARK ENERGY CORPORATION

BenchMark Energy Corporation (OTCQB:BMRK) is the source for glycerin and related refined components, providing value through our industry knowledge.” – Our mission statement starts the story, but the rest is available at http://benchmarkenergy.wordpress.com (soon to be available at http://www.benchmarkenergy.com).

ABOUT RHODES HOLDINGS LLC

Rhodes Holdings LLC (referred to as “RHL”, https://rhodesholdings.wordpress.com) provides management consulting services that allow its clients to seek financing through the public markets, either through mezzanine debt, equity, or bank debt. Mr. Rhodes is also the Managing Member of American Equity Fund LLC (http://americanequityfund.com), which provides equity line facilities for reporting publicly traded companies.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

The statements in this release that relate to the Company’s expectations with regard to the future impact on the Company’s results from new products in development are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The results anticipated by any or all of these forward-looking statements may not occur. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes in the Company’s plans or expectations.

INVESTOR RELATIONS

Ashlee Guzman
281-210-0063
benchmark@benchmarkenergy.com
http:// benchmarkenergy.wordpress.com

 

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2013 in News, Public markets

 

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What were they thinking…

First, I must apologize for the dearth of information on the public markets and financing techniques therein over the last four months coming from our BLOG.  Our associated group of organizations (Rhodes Holdings LLC, ReCap Marketing & Consulting LP, and American Equity Fund LLC) have been involved in a number of actions to protect shareholder value as well as having been asked to put together a number of “go public” projects for clients.  With that said, expect a new focus on providing a look into what is going in the public markets…

OTC Markets

Since the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“J.O.B.S.“) Act was signed into law on April 5, 2012, there has been a “promise” in the air that it would help get capital formation for the micro-cap market started again.  This really hasn’t happened since the Congress and President can’t seem to get their acts together (pun intended), and the Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC“) hasn’t released the details on how it will enforce the J.O.B.S. Act provisions, like changes to internet marketing of stocks (general solicitation).

OTC Markets Group Inc. had hoped that this Act would help drive their business, but alas FINRA is all about limiting the markets that OTC Markets Group Inc. serves by making it impossible to deposit shares in Pink Sheet companies as well as OTC:BB companies.  The crux of the problem that those of us working in the

Seal of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commi...

Seal of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

micro-cap arena are facing is that even if you follow all the rules (register your shares, pay cash for stock, etc.), the broker dealers and their compliance departments are running scared of the SEC and FINRA’s rules, so stock just doesn’t get sold.  If no stock gets sold, that capital doesn’t get re-invested into other micro-cap stocks – thus, the velocity of money associated with micro-caps has ground to a halt.  Read what OTC Markets Group Inc. has to say:

In a few cases, it has eased regulation and shown that at least some of those in Congress listened.  The J.O.B.S. Act did make it so that issuers did not have start filing SEC mandated disclosure statements (10Q, 10K, 8K, etc.) until they reach 2,000 shareholders – previously it was 500 shareholders triggered filing requirements.  Read CFO magazine‘s article on banks de-registering:

All in all, the J.O.B.S. Act has not helped us reach its stated goal – helping jump start capital formation.  It may still help, but those of you who thought that crowd funding was going to take over capital formation, it hasn’t delivered the goods.

Accredited Investors

The J.O.B.S. Act did make some changes to the accredited investor definition, which would be very helpful.  The original 1933 Act definition is as follows for Rule 501 definitions.  Here is what the General Counsel of Second Markets had to say about the proposed implementation in his letter to the SEC.  In general, we at Rhodes Holdings LLC are keeping track of what is happening in the marketplace that will make it easier for our clients to access the capital they need.  Here are some websites associated:

 

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