Technology & Social Media Archive

Dec 18, 2018
Tech talk: GraphCall – A new medium for reporting
Putting GraphCall into words is a challenge – it’s a tool that needs to be seen to be fully understood. Essentially, this is a new medium that combines PDFs with video overlays and mind-map thinking to create a ‘live’ version of results or analyst notes, for example, or a more data-rich version of videos.  Co-founder and former buy-sider Geoffrey Fouvry explains that the technology – described as ‘augmented media’ – uses augmented reality ‘in much...
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Dec 17, 2018
BBVA negotiates €150 mn loan deal through blockchain
The onward march of blockchain technology took another major step after BBVA, Spain’s second-largest bank, negotiated a €150 mn ($171 mn) loan deal with Porsche – Europe’s largest car distributor – via the technology. Not only is this the first acquisition loan, but it is also the first time BBVA has created a long-term, strategic loan deal with a non-Spanish company. In April this year, BBVA claimed to be the first bank in the world to use blockchain ba...
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Dec 10, 2018
Banco Santander: The story of winning
To win one IR Magazine Award is an accomplishment, but to win three is something of a major achievement. This is exactly what Banco Santander did at this year’s IR Magazine Awards – Europe, picking up three trophies: for best investor event (joint winner with Hugo Boss), best IR during a corporate transaction and best use of multimedia. That’s an im...
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Dec 07, 2018
European tech companies see 222 percent boost in share price
European tech companies that went public in 2018 saw their share price boosted by an average of 222 percent, in contrast to US tech IPOs that had average gains of 42 percent, according to a report from London-based technology investment firm Atomico.   There has also been twice as many technology IPOs in Europe than in America, with 2018 marking record sums invested into European technology companies: $23 bn in 2018, up from just $5 bn in 2013.  There were ...
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Nov 30, 2018
30 IR stars in 30 days: China Telecom
IR Magazine has a long history of honoring those men, women and companies around the world that excel at investor relations. In celebration of 30 years of IR Magazine, we selected 30 IR stars that have shone particularly brightly over the past three decades and will be posting one profile each day for 30 days, giving you the gift of an IR advent calendar.  At China Tel...
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Nov 27, 2018
IR technology: Stepping up a gear
If you see a fax number on someone’s business card these days, your eyebrows may begin to rise. While not completely out of use, the fax machine is more and more a conspicuous anomaly in any office that continues to house one. Back in the late 1980s, however, when IR Magazine first rolled off the presses, this piece of kit played a central role in the lives of IROs. ‘Believe it or not, the earnings release would basically go out via fax,’ says Mickey Foster, vice pre...
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Nov 15, 2018
IR30: Will VR kill the video star?
Two months after the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, IR Magazine’s November issue cover feature was The Big Picture. The cover image evokes the sinister grain of the magnetic tape still in use at the time on which the horror of that day was recorded and broadcast, but it was not chosen merely to reflect troubling times.  ...
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Nov 06, 2018
China plans new tech bourse in Shanghai
China's President Xi Jinping has revealed plans for a new, tech-focused trading venue in Shanghai, in what appears to be a bid to keep key tech firms from going public in Hong Kong or the US.  The Shanghai Stock Exchange will also start a pilot program for a registration-based system of IPOs – widely used across developed markets – Xi said at the opening ceremony of the China International Import Expo on Monday, though he did not elaborate on either initiative...
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