Technology & Social Media Monthly archive

Jun 28, 2019
Big tech’s move into finance poses new risks, says BIS
Behemoth technology firms such as Alibaba, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Tencent moving into financial services could well make the sector more efficient, but also introduces new risks, which need new regulatory approaches, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) writes in its Annual Economic Report. In a separate chapter focused on big tech in finance, the BIS notes that the above-named companies offer many potential benefits, including enhanced efficiency of f...
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Jun 11, 2019
Last word: What movie AI can teach us about IR
These days, business sectors are being transformed by automated industrial processes across the board, while the collection and interpretation of colossal amounts of information – so-called Big Data – is allowing these processes to be performed with ever-increasing degrees of efficiency and accuracy.  Similarly, the role of an IRO is not safe. Shareholder targeting and ...
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Jun 08, 2019
IR papers: Future is bright for corporate Twitter jockeys
Companies often avoid disclosing bad news through social media, but a new study reveals that posting modestly disappointing earnings results on Twitter can actually dampen a negative price reaction. The effect is strongest for firms with the highest retail ownership. ‘Posts on Twitter increase the price reaction to earnings news,’ explains study author Dr Pawel Bilinski, associate professor in accounting at the University of London. ‘[Tweets] also boost positi...
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Jun 06, 2019
Institutional investors drive strong crypto-currency market
Institutional investors are driving a strong crypto-currency market, according to data in the latest report from Binance Research. ‘During the past three months, we saw new vigor in the crypto-currency industry,’ the report notes. ‘The total market capitalization of crypto-currencies rose from $130 bn on March 1, 2019 to almost $260 bn as of May 31, 2019, representing 100 percent growth in just three months.’ This follows earlier calls from Boston-bas...
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Jun 04, 2019
Tech talk: Getting the word out with a new investor chat tool
‘The investor base we deal with tends to be very much of a retail nature, which means lots of investors,’ says Sarah Dees, head of IR at Sound Energy. Tired of forking out anything up to £10,000 ($13,000) a pop to hold a conference call for 500 people or so, often running at more than two hours but allowing only one member of the C-suite to answer questions at a time, the gas company teamed up with Oliver Dean and MK21 to create something new.  ‘We were look...
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