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Dec 01, 1997
In many ways, Sydney represents an IR officer's dream stop-off on a roadshow. The central business district is so compact it's possible to stroll between most meetings without even hailing a cab. And when you do need one they seem to be plentiful, even in rush hour. It's ideal for packing in a load of meetings into a short timeframe. Here's the downside: Melbourne excluded, Sydney is a heck of a long way from any other major center. It's no good North American ...
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Dec 01, 1997
Every holiday season, some of the world's IROs play Santa Claus, dishing out plums to shareholders in the form of discounts, small gifts and unusual offerings. With these perks, companies reward their shareholders and cement bonds with affinity groups. 'If you think about it, shareholders are the owners of the company,' says Charles Carlson, author of Free Lunch on Wall Street: Perks, Freebies and Giveaways for Investors. 'And if you're going to give anyone a break, ...
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Dec 01, 1997
Any handbook on the millennium bomb should have 'Don't Panic' in very large print on the cover. Apparently the beguilingly simple problem of computers that think '00' is the year 1900 could result in scourges ranging from environmental disaster to the collapse of the financial markets. And it's not just technology companies at risk: it's everyone. The millennium bomb, like Zaphod Beeblebrox's spaceship, was initially rendered invisible by a 'somebody else's pro...
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Dec 01, 1997
Will Arnaud Robin prove to be the David, taking on the Goliaths of the IR industry's contact management and targeting software arena? Certainly the 30-year-old French native and former New York-based IR agency executive must be hoping so. His 1997-launched Power IR company, with its newly available software package for corporate IR offices, seeks to unseat some well-known and well-established players in the field. The IR contact management software niche...
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Dec 01, 1997
I sat near Battery Park on October 27, watching to see how many Wall Street brokers were out on the ledge building up courage to take a dive. There were lots of pigeon droppings and yellowed leaves, if not many dropping traders. Like Edward Gibbon meditating on declines and falls in the ruins of the Roman forum, I pondered: does Wall Street have any effect on the real economy where people make and sell real things, or is it just a more staid version of Atlantic City'...
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Dec 01, 1997
The markets were distinctly wobbly on the day I met Dan - but then so was he. There was no consensus about whether the markets' condition was justified. Some commentators were pointing out that the fundamentals of the economy were sound; just as many asserted that overvaluation in recent months made a correction inevitable. But no-one doubted that Dan had good reason to be in the state he was in. The night before he had been out celebrating his 65th birthday. ...
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Dec 01, 1997
For America Online chairman Steve Case, 1997 has been the best of times and the worst of times. His company is at the vanguard of a revolution in cyberspace, with the percentage of US households plugged into online services almost doubling in the last two years (from 10 percent to 19 percent). Better yet, Americans are logging on more than ever, checking e-mail, yakking it up in myriad chatrooms, and browsing for consumer goods at a rate of almost 13 hours per...
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Nov 01, 1997
But today's wired investors are placing new demands on the printed document to ensure it adds real value to the investor relations program. Richard Carpenter reports on the changing nature of the hard copy annual report The annual report is dead. Long live the annual report. Since the advent of widely available multimedia technology, a number of annual report pundits have predicted the demise of the hard copy annual report. A few years back it was CD-Rom...
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Nov 01, 1997
The deaths of Mother Teresa and Princess Diana; Ted Turner's billion dollar baksheesh at the United Nations; vociferous South East Asian lack of appreciation for George Soros's way of raising money for his good works: all this serves to focus attention on contemporary requirements for sanctity. And it takes a tad more than a widow's mite to make the grade nowadays. Especially if you are rich, since then you have to unburden yourself of sufficient wealth to be ...
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Nov 01, 1997
People are scared of the Internet,' says Kim Polese, the 35-year-old CEO of Marimba Inc. 'The Internet is going to be part of our lives but if you don't understand it it makes you feel shut out.' So tell us something we don't know! Polese, who was recently named as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans, is aiming to redefine the very landscape of the Internet. 'What we are going to do is eliminate a major piece of the complexity of using c...
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