Small cap Archive

Feb 26, 2021
The week in investor relations: Death of the all-male FTSE board, vaccine boost for small caps and bankers back to work
– The all-male FTSE board is ‘extinct,’ declared Sky News. The number of women on the board at top UK-listed companies has risen by 50 percent in five years, and there are now no all-male boards in the FTSE 350. The Hampton-Alexander Review, backed by the UK government, said ‘significant progress’ still needs to be made in leadership roles, howe...
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Jan 25, 2021
Changebridge: ETF provider seeks ‘misunderstood’ company
Ross Klein is founder and chief investment officer of Changebridge Capital, which offers the Changebridge Capital Long/Short Equity ETF (CBLS) and the Changebridge Capital Sustainable Equity ETF (CBSE). He talks to IR Magazine about the long-short mix, fertility as an ESG metric and finding misunderstood companies. Can you talk about your investment process? Changebridge’s ‘quantamental’ (quantitative plus fundamental) approach...
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Jan 14, 2021
US small caps to outperform large caps in 2021, says BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas expects US small caps to outperform large caps this year and doesn’t expect to see a corporate tax hike in the early stages of the Joe Biden presidency. With six days to go until the inauguration of Joe Biden as the next president of the US, representatives for BNP Paribas believe the markets have priced in the results of the election and that the Democratic sweep of the presidency, Senate and House of Representatives increases the likelihood of furthe...
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Dec 31, 2020
Bringing color to the proxy statement
At Home Group went public in 2016 and filed its first proxy statement in 2018. At that time ‘there was no color, no cover page, no bells or whistles, and we thought that was sufficient to cover our interests,’ says Meredith Hampton, vice president and associate general counsel of At Home. In 2019 the company faced its first say-on-pay vote and received only 49 percent support. It was a wake-up call that something needed to change, and the response was two-fold: ...
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Dec 29, 2020
Going Public: Must-see TV for IROs
Imagine you’re prepping a company to go public on Nasdaq. And as you move toward your IPO date, ‘fans’ of your company can watch the action, follow you on the road and buy shares online. That’s the premise of a new TV show called Going Public, set to air in mid-2021. ...
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Dec 08, 2020
Small caps and emerging markets tipped for outperformance in 2021
The outlook for equities is bullish with small caps, European stocks and emerging markets all tipped to outperform, according to a new report from BNP Paribas.  The bank says it is positioned for ‘risk-on’ across asset classes given the combination of effective Covid-19 vaccines, supportive central banks and expected fiscal stimulus. Equity strategists have redrawn their expectations for next year following last month’s news of three successful vaccine...
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Dec 03, 2020
What does the future hold for Mifid II's unbundling rules?
It didn’t take long for Europe to roll back some of the strict rules surrounding research payments contained in Mifid II. As part of a Covid-19 relief package, the European Commission (EC) has proposed an exemption to unbundling rules for research on companies of less than €1 bn ($1.2 bn) in market cap. The aim is to stimulate more research on smaller issuers, which have witnessed declining analyst coverage for a number of years. The tough unbundling rules conta...
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