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Apr 02, 2020
ESG and engagement continue amid Covid-19, says Nuveen’s Reali
The Covid-19 pandemic has yet to have much of an impact on shareholder engagement or Nuveen’s pursuit of ESG issues, according to Peter Reali, senior director of responsible investing at Nuveen. The coronavirus outbreak has caused unprecedented disruption to daily and economic life globally in the build-up to the peak of this year’s proxy season, including forcing millions of people to work from home and practice social distancing. But Reali notes that at...
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Apr 02, 2020
The future is here – and it’s trading on hacked data
Ensuring investors never receive privileged information that might put them at a trading advantage is one of the most basic tenets of good investor relations. But how do you protect that information from the hackers who, according to Kate Fazzini, journalist and author of Kingdom of lies: Unnerving adventures in the world of cybercrime, are increasingly using hacked information to trade? This is a very difficult kind of hacking to prevent, or even uncover, ...
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Apr 02, 2020
RWE’s Gunhild Grieve switches IR for new role
Gunhild Grieve, RWE’s award-winning head of IR, has been appointed as the company’s new head of controlling & risk management. Grieve takes up her new role after more than 11 years in the IR team at RWE. She joined in 2008 as a senior manager of IR and became head of the department in 2016, the same year the company spun off its renewables and power distribution subsidiary innogy.  A high-profile member of the IR community, Grieve has regularly spoke...
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Apr 02, 2020
A tale of two transactions
For investor relations teams, a major corporate transaction can be both a nerve-wracking challenge and an opportunity to showcase quite how important a role they can play in the long-term health of the company. IROs may not be included in decisions to engage in M&A, restructure, go public or take some other step, but they are key to determining how those decisions are received by shareholders and analysts. Key aspects of the IR team’s role in the run-up to and...
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Apr 02, 2020
Reflections on the transition from Wall Street to investor relations
As a former sell-side analyst who transitioned to investor relations, I often get asked about the friction points in transitioning to investor relations. A couple of areas come to mind revolving around the difference in compensation and work-life balance. Transitioning from the sell side to investor relations ultimately means compensation becomes a function of tenure rather than merit – but the work-life balance can improve considerably. Wall Street is a demanding...
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Apr 01, 2020
How Covid-19 is affecting earnings guidance and dividend payments
Covid-19 has led to unprecedented levels of volatility, complexity and uncertainty for issuers, investors and investment banks. Accordingly, issuers are updating or suspending financial guidance they had previously published, and deploying a range of conservative capital allocation strategies, including cutting or suspending dividends and share buybacks. IR Magazine is working with Intelligize, a Lexi...
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Apr 01, 2020
Small-Cap IR report now available
IR Magazine has released a comprehensive report into the practice of IR at small-cap companies. Based on data from the past three years of our Global IR Survey, the Small-Cap IR report provides an analysis of investor relations at small-cap companies in comparison to the practice of IR at other cap sizes.   Click here to download the report ...
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Apr 01, 2020
Comment: IR needs a new name for the new century
The capital markets have been practicing investor relations for a half-century, as evidenced by the 50th anniversary lapel pins given out at last year’s NIRI Annual Conference (and if you’re not wearing one, why not?) in Florida. To me, ‘investor relations’ seems limiting, suggesting we’re responsible only for relationships. The IR officers of 2020 are so much more; they’re chief intelligence officers. To understand the intelligent future for our profess...
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Mar 31, 2020
NIRI postpones annual conference due to Covid-19
The NIRI annual conference, which was scheduled for June 14-17, has been postponed until further notice, with hopes to reschedule for early December, NIRI president and CEO Gary LaBranche says. NIRI announced the decision to its members on March 26, after the board unanimously voted to postpone the conference last week. LaBranche says NIRI’s leadership is working with the venue – the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach – to secure a new date. All hotel bookings will ...
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