Technology & Social Media Archive

Oct 18, 2019
Five tips to get the most out of webcasting
Sponsored content  There are many benefits to webcasting, including cost savings, efficiency and expanded reach. This is evidenced by the growing number of public companies that are using webcasting tools for a variety of different investor and analyst events. In this article we outline some best practices and top tips that can help you enhance your webcasting use. Give them something to look at Historically a lot of webcast...
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Sep 27, 2019
IEX cites entrenched competition and corporate inertia as it quits listings business
In 2017, IEX received final approval to start listing companies. The stock exchange, founded in 2012 and made famous by Michael Lewis’ book Flash Boys, planned to lure companies from other exchanges. The following year it announced its first capture, Interactive Brokers, which moved over from Nasdaq. But nobody else followed suit. Earlier this week, IEX announced it would quit the listings business and focus on its core area of trading, while also launchi...
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Sep 17, 2019
Advisory intelligence: Tech sector continues to excite despite geopolitical risks
Sponsored content  Over the last year, the technology sector has operated under a cloud of geopolitical confrontation. The growing trade war between the U.S. and China has hit tech valuations for companies exposed to the Chinese market and, at time of writing, there appears to be no end in sight to the tit-for-tat rounds of tariffs between the two superpowers. At the same time, tech companies with less exposure to tariffs have continued to perform w...
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Sep 17, 2019
‘There’s always a point of sadness about selling your business’: Richard Davies discusses Equiniti’s acquisition of RD:IR
Richard Davies launched his eponymous investor relations firm back in 2002. Over the following 17 years, Richard Davies Investor Relations, or RD:IR, grew to be one of the best-known IR firms in the UK, acting for more than 500 British issuers.  During that time, Davies himself played a high-profile role in the investor relations community, chairing the UK’s IR Society for t...
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Sep 11, 2019
AI investment in the UK reaches all-time high
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a much-discussed issue within finance, but AI investment in the UK has been hugely supported hugely, reaching an all-time high in the first six months of 2019. According to data from investment platform Crunchbase, 2019 is set to be another year of record funding growth for AI in the UK: investment reached $1.02 bn in all of 2018, but has already reached $1.06 bn in the first six months of 2019. As a result, the UK is currently...
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Sep 09, 2019
Shanghai Stock Exchange improves regulatory technology for listed companies
The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) has stepped up its regulatory technology for listed companies as part of a move to improve the technology used on the exchange.  In the context of more and more listed companies and increasingly intensified regulatory complexity, traditional regulatory methods have found it difficult to meet existing demand, reveals the SSE in a statement. ‘Breaking through the bottlenecks and innovating in regulatory methods through techn...
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Sep 02, 2019
AI-led hedge funds struggle for performance
While artificial intelligence (AI) is viewed as key to the future of the investment industry, hedge funds with a high reliance on AI strategies have struggled to perform in today’s volatile markets.  Data from Eurekahedge, a firm that tracks hedge fund performance, shows that AI-led funds have returned just 2.77 percent this year up to the end of July, compared with a return of 6.36 percent for the wider hedge fund universe.  Long-term performance tells a...
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Aug 28, 2019
Asian and US investors boost British tech companies
In the first seven months of 2019, UK-based technology companies have attracted investment of £5.5 bn ($6.7 bn) – more than in the whole of 2018. Much of the money has come from investors in Asia and the US, which have pumped a total of £3.1 bn into UK tech firms. At the current rate, the target is set to beat 2017’s total investment record of $9.4 bn, according to data from Tech Nation, a network of tech entrepreneurs, and Dealroom, the group that tracks inno...
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Aug 20, 2019
New type of institutional investor fuels bull market and rise in bitcoin
A new type of institutional investor is fueling this year’s dramatic bull run, and with it a rise in bitcoin, according to a new report from digital asset management firm CoinShares. London-based CoinShares analyzed market trends from January through June 2019 and identified significant differences between the 2017 market rally and the current one, with a widespread focus around bitcoin and a rally in altcoins. The report therefore hails the long-awaited in...
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Aug 14, 2019
London Metal Exchange to extend open-outcry trading
The London Metal Exchange (LME) is set to double its final open-outcry trading sessions from five minutes to 10, following a successful trial for zinc.  The move by the 142-year old LME – the world’s oldest and largest market for industrial metals – follows a three-month trial for zinc, which resulted in a 57 percent average daily volume increase over the period before the trial. It will be made permanent for zinc as well as being extended to copper, lead, ni...
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