Technology & Social Media Archive

Apr 02, 2020
The future is here – and it’s trading on hacked data
Ensuring investors never receive privileged information that might put them at a trading advantage is one of the most basic tenets of good investor relations. But how do you protect that information from the hackers who, according to Kate Fazzini, journalist and author of Kingdom of lies: Unnerving adventures in the world of cybercrime, are increasingly using hacked information to trade? This is a very difficult kind of hacking to prevent, or even uncover, ...
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Apr 01, 2020
Comment: IR needs a new name for the new century
The capital markets have been practicing investor relations for a half-century, as evidenced by the 50th anniversary lapel pins given out at last year’s NIRI Annual Conference (and if you’re not wearing one, why not?) in Florida. To me, ‘investor relations’ seems limiting, suggesting we’re responsible only for relationships. The IR officers of 2020 are so much more; they’re chief intelligence officers. To understand the intelligent future for our profess...
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Mar 24, 2020
AIRA calls for virtual AGM change to be made permanent
The Australasian Investor Relations Association (AIRA) has welcomed the decision by the Australian financial regulator to allow virtual AGMs for a limited time and called for the change to be made permanent. On Friday, the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) released a no-action position giving companies the green light to conduct virtual AGMs, as well as delay the date of their annual meeting for two months.  The no-action position on ...
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Mar 13, 2020
Issuers explore virtual shareholder meetings amid Covid-19 uncertainty
Many issuers are putting a contingency plan into their proxy materials to allow them to host a virtual shareholder meeting if in-person events can’t go ahead, according to Broadridge.    In-person shareholder meetings have long been favored by listed firms and investors in the US but the spread of Covid-19 could lead to a surge in the number of virtual shareholder meetings this year, according to Broadridge vice president of issuer strategy Cath...
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Feb 26, 2020
Coronavirus fears drive rapid increase in online meetings
The spread of a new strain of coronavirus has driven a sharp increase in the number of online investor meetings in February, figures from digital platforms show, as IR teams consider postponing conferences and roadshows. Since the outbreak of Covid-19 was announced in January, several thousand people around the world have been infected with the virus, with cases originally concentrated in mainland China but also jumping to South Korea, Japan and elsewhere in South E...
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Feb 20, 2020
Australian companies trial digital AGM voting platform
Australian companies have experimented with a new digital voting platform this proxy season, with 561 annual general meetings using Citi’s Proxymity voting platform, offered in partnership with Computershare. The platform enables companies and investors to interact online and cast their votes in near real-time, cutting the traditional route including issuing agent, sub-custodian, global custodian, ballot provider and voting advisory agent.  The digitized ...
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Feb 03, 2020
Cargotec targets retail investors as Finland launches new equity savings account
At the start of the year, Finland introduced a new equity savings account, making it more tax-efficient for retail investors to buy and sell shares.  One company looking to take advantage of the change is Cargotec. The Finnish company, which manufactures equipment for ports, has doubled down on its digital IR activities to raise its profile among the country’s mom-and-pop investors.  ‘I think this will encourage private investors to invest directly in s...
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Jan 15, 2020
Four things we learned at the IR Magazine Forum – South East Asia 2019
IR Magazine returned to Singapore for the IR Magazine Forum – South East Asia 2019 after attracting more than 130 senior IR professionals to the previous year’s event. As in previous years, the 2019 forum saw IROs from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand in attendance, ahead of learning the results of the much-coveted IR Magazine Awards later that afternoon. But the conversation had expanded from last year’s topics after a yea...
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Jan 15, 2020
Actionable insights, data protection and ESG: Technology trends in 2020
Earlier this month, IR Magazine chatted to Darrell Heaps, CEO of Q4, about his predictions for the biggest technology trends of 2020, including data protection laws, a move toward more actionable insights and progression toward ESG reporting standardization. Heaps points to the changes occurring on the sell side as a result of Mifid II as the biggest cause of upheaval and change in the IR profession, noting that ‘technology is there to serve business need...
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