Technology & Social Media Archive

Jun 11, 2019
Last word: What movie AI can teach us about IR
These days, business sectors are being transformed by automated industrial processes across the board, while the collection and interpretation of colossal amounts of information – so-called Big Data – is allowing these processes to be performed with ever-increasing degrees of efficiency and accuracy.  Similarly, the role of an IRO is not safe. Shareholder targeting and ...
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Jun 08, 2019
IR papers: Future is bright for corporate Twitter jockeys
Companies often avoid disclosing bad news through social media, but a new study reveals that posting modestly disappointing earnings results on Twitter can actually dampen a negative price reaction. The effect is strongest for firms with the highest retail ownership. ‘Posts on Twitter increase the price reaction to earnings news,’ explains study author Dr Pawel Bilinski, associate professor in accounting at the University of London. ‘[Tweets] also boost positi...
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Jun 06, 2019
Institutional investors drive strong crypto-currency market
Institutional investors are driving a strong crypto-currency market, according to data in the latest report from Binance Research. ‘During the past three months, we saw new vigor in the crypto-currency industry,’ the report notes. ‘The total market capitalization of crypto-currencies rose from $130 bn on March 1, 2019 to almost $260 bn as of May 31, 2019, representing 100 percent growth in just three months.’ This follows earlier calls from Boston-bas...
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Jun 04, 2019
Tech talk: Getting the word out with a new investor chat tool
‘The investor base we deal with tends to be very much of a retail nature, which means lots of investors,’ says Sarah Dees, head of IR at Sound Energy. Tired of forking out anything up to £10,000 ($13,000) a pop to hold a conference call for 500 people or so, often running at more than two hours but allowing only one member of the C-suite to answer questions at a time, the gas company teamed up with Oliver Dean and MK21 to create something new.  ‘We were look...
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May 14, 2019
New tech exchange gets go-ahead in the US
A new US exchange – the Long-Term Stock Exchange (LTSE) – has been approved by the SEC. Designed for high-growth tech companies with long-term prospects and investors that understand startups, the San-Francisco-based LTSE has big ambitions: to allow startups to list on the public market while focusing on research, to let long-term investors cash in on fast-growing startups and to provide the tools to support both parties.  It is arguably the second point...
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May 08, 2019
Two old guys talk about millennials: Ticker 101
This edition of The Ticker podcast is sponsored by Broadridge Financial Solutions.  If one single quality could define the millennial generation as a market segment, it’s that its members are digital natives. Rob Krugman isn’t a millennial – but he knows people who are. And as Broadridge’s chief digital officer, he’s picked up a few ideas for IR teams looking to adapt their storytelling to the digital age.   ...
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May 03, 2019
Investors turning to digital assets, reveals survey
Institutional investors are beginning to see the appeal of digital assets, with many looking to invest more in them over the next five years, according to new research from Fidelity Investments. The survey finds that about 22 percent of institutional investors already have some exposure to digital assets, with most investments having been made within the past three years. Four in 10 respondents say they are open to future investments in digital assets over the next ...
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Apr 19, 2019
Blackbaud on the cloud, the digital transformation of IR and its award win
In 2014, 10 years after Blackbaud went public, it went big on its digital journey. Based in its new global headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina, Blackbaud’s director of investor relations Mark Furlong tells IR Magazine about how the company reinvented itself and what the future holds. How is the company leveraging its use of the cloud? We have a very tech-savvy executive team across the company that has put best-in-breed clo...
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Apr 18, 2019
Mifid II: Asset managers focusing on digitization projects
Mifid II has brought about a number of new developments and trends since its introduction, but a new one is that asset managers are increasingly looking to data analytics and digitization projects. According to the Global Asset Management Survey by financial technology firm Linedata, buy-side firms are focusing on data-led projects to secure successes to protect investment and operational performance against the potential for market disruption as a result of regulat...
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