Technology & Social Media Archive

Jan 07, 2022
The week in investor relations: Apple’s $3 tn valuation, China Mobile’s Shanghai listing and investor pressure over vaccine distribution
– Apple briefly became a $3 tn company this week – the first firm to hit the milestone – before valuation slipped back a little to $2.99 tn, reported CNBC (and just about everyone else). Apple broke the barrier when its share price rose 2.5 percent on Monday to hit $182.86, though it closed at $182.01. Apple has tripled its valuation in und...
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Dec 13, 2021
Something old, something new: The tech IROs can’t live without
Would you choose a piece of IR tech over a new team member? At least one of the IR professionals we spoke to for this feature says that if she had to choose, her targeting tech would ‘100 percent’ win out. In a time of ever-greater demands on IR teams and continually strained budgets, that is some testament to the technology. But IR tech is so much more than it used to be. Powered by algorithms and designed to analyze data in a way a human never could, new tools...
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Dec 10, 2021
The week in investor relations: The end of the pandemic, Vanguard’s new sustainability funds and the big BuzzFeed Spac withdrawal
– America’s biggest bank is predicting an end to the pandemic and a return to global growth in the year ahead, according to CNN. ‘Our view is that 2022 will be the year of a full global recovery, an end of the global pandemic and a return to the normal conditions we had prior to the Covid-19 outbreak,’ Marko Kolanovic, JPMorgan’s chief global markets strategi...
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Dec 09, 2021
The great tokenization of the capital markets
We are currently witnessing the next-level digitization of Wall Street as securities are ‘tokenized’ into virtual representations of value. If you think this is all about Bitcoin, you would be wrong. Dawn Fitzpatrick, CEO of Soros Fund Management, recently told a Bloomberg audience that her $6 bn fund owns some Bitcoin, but this is far less interesting than the use-cases she sees for distributed finance (DeFI). DeFi refers to the shadow financial system being bu...
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Nov 29, 2021
Two thirds of IROs see hybrid meeting model as long-term solution, shows research
Although 40 percent of companies surveyed by Citigate Dewe Rogerson (CDR) for its latest IR survey say they have restarted face-to-face meetings, the research was carried out before the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 was identified, so it is clear that face-to-face meeting numbers will now be pulled back. Researchers find that more than half of IROs had plan...
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Nov 12, 2021
The week in investor relations: Musk cashes in after Twitter poll, Austria plans crypto tax and GE’s three-way split
– The Financial Times (paywall) reported that Elon Musk sold nearly $5 bn worth of his Tesla shares in the first three days of this week, after promising he would cash in 10 percent of his stake if Twitter users voted for him to make the sale. The Tesla chief executive ‘has been silent on the possible share sales’ since he announced in a tweet on Saturday, November ...
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Oct 29, 2021
Crypto investments driven by competition with friends and family, suggests survey
Many retail investors are taking decisions influenced by competition with friends or family and do not realize that high-risk investments such as cryptocurrency are not regulated, according to research from the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Retail investment has boomed over the last 18 months, with millions of new brokerage accounts opened and investment ideas becoming a popular topic of conversation on social media networks like Instagram and Reddit. Bu...
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