Technology & Social Media Archive

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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Jan 13, 2020
It’s time for corporate communications to go to the ball
I have been writing about business use of the internet since 1992. A few million words, all pretty much on the same subject. These are my last few hundred, and I’ve been asked to say not what has changed, but what hasn’t. So I am first going to disobey my brief and say what I think really has changed. It’s nothing to do with the technology – it’s about people, and it’s positive. Online communications may not be much appreciated by bosses (see the rest of...
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Dec 17, 2019
The 2010s in review: A decade of market structure upheaval
Earlier this month I was at the NIRI Senior Roundtable in Santa Barbara, which members must have a decade in the profession to join. Investor relations practitioners qualifying now would have been on the job less than a year when the Flash Crash hit.   Remember that? On May 6, 2010 at 2.32 pm Eastern Time, the stock market came unhinged. For 36 minutes stocks screamed groundward and the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 999 points. Accenture traded for a penny. ...
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Dec 12, 2019
The 2010s in review: Investor relations – From finance function to data science
The lessons of history are a good guide to the future, but the changes that lie around the corner for investor relations will be transformational, and predicting what will come in the next decade is a fool’s errand. One thing we can predict with certainty, however, is that IR will cement its new status as a data science, evolving and progressing from being a branch of the finance function. But before we look ahead, let’s briefly recap on the past 10 years. ...
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Dec 10, 2019
The 2010s in review: Etsy’s IR team picks the top 10 IR changes of the decade
Given our team’s different backgrounds and experiences, we thought it would be fun to work together to develop a top 10 list of the biggest changes in IR during the last decade. Here goes (in no particular order!): 1. The shrinking sell side and high number of analysts leaving Wall Street to pursue jobs in IR – including our own Gabe Ratcliff and some of our former covering analysts. Financial story-telling, valuation analysis and financial acum...
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Nov 27, 2019
Tech-ing it to the top: the technology behind award-winning IR
The nature of technology means that what makes for an award-winning approach to investor relations can vary widely: from chat tools used to keep in touch with retail investors to well-made in-house videos that showcase everything from the latest site visit to key elements of company strategy. Depending on the region, IR Magazine hands out awards to companies for best use of multimedia for IR, best IR website and/or best use of technology and social media fo...
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Nov 18, 2019
How AI and Big Data are transforming the investment process
Each month, Ole Søeberg, a board member for Advice Capital’s Vision Fund, sends off his portfolio of companies to an artificial intelligence (AI) lab. The firm runs the price and volume data through an algorithm that compares the stocks against more than 20 years of market performance. At the end of the process, the algorithm suggests how the portfolio should be weighted to provide increased alpha. The process is so complex that even the developers who designed t...
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Nov 14, 2019
Tech talk: Back to basics with the IR website
It might not be the most cutting-edge technology but the IR website is arguably the most important tool in any IRO’s box. Not only is it the first port of call for analysts and investors – and potential analysts and investors – but it is also where IROs allocate most of their tech spend. Despite this, IR Magazine research shows that fewer than three quarters of all US companies (74 ...
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