Technology & Social Media Monthly archive

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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