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Apr 24, 2018
Petra Diamonds: Challenging times make for IR win
Industrial action at Petra Diamonds’ South Africa operations and a government block on a parcel of diamonds of 71,654.45 carats from its Tanzania mine contributed to what Cathy Malins, corporate communications manager, describes as ‘a challenging time operationally [for the company] in the last financial year.’  But with ‘the positive long-term fundamentals of the business’ remaining intact, the two-strong team went on a corporate access offensive. ...
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Apr 24, 2018
Spotting the signs of a potential activist threat
Josh Black, editor-in-chief of Activist Insight, shares his insights into how IROs can identify a potential threat, the initial steps they should take to minimize disruption and the preventive measures companies can adopt. What are the initial signs of an activist threat that IR teams should be looking out for? Stock surveillance experts will offer up ...
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Apr 23, 2018
Audio articles: IR Magazine spring 2018
Don’t have time to read all the longer features in your new copy of IR Magazine? Or simply want to listen to the latest in IR trends? A selection of features from each print magazine are chosen to be made available as audio articles – so if you’re a subscriber, simply click on the article below and look for the SoundCloud file. You can then stream or download the article of your choice.   COVER STORY ...
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Apr 23, 2018
Spring 2018 cartoon: The rise of passive investing
The passive investment industry – dominated by BlackRock, State Street and Vanguard – is set to grow in Europe, possibly mirroring the growth path in the US where it has spread far more widely and deeply, spurred on by some help from Mifid II, wrote Andrew Holt in January – in an article that inspired the cartoon for the spring 2018 edition of IR M...
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Apr 23, 2018
Japan Inc starts to look to strategic communications
Over the last couple of years, we’ve observed a rise in businesses seeking strategic communications support in Japan. In light of the stream of scandals that have plagued Japan Inc, this is hardly surprising. Whether this will be a sustained trend or just a momentary spike remains to be seen – although we suspect it’s the former. This upward curve seems to be rooted in Japan’s continuing efforts to open its doors to the world and build its reputation as an i...
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Apr 20, 2018
Last word: How not to write an IR job advert
Last word has noticed some unwelcome fallout after an IR job advert went viral on social media because of its unfortunate wording. The listing for the role of ‘executive assistant & investor relations associate’ for a London-based property firm was retweeted hundreds of times, before being hastily removed from two of the UK’s biggest job sites. With this in mind, Last word offers some advice for those worried about accidentally writing a ...
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Apr 20, 2018
Advice: Adapting roadshows to local markets
Can you think of anything the following countries all have in common? Abu Dhabi, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Dubai, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US. Aside from them all having a vast array of investors eager to meet with investor relations teams from around the world, they display few similarities when it comes to roadshow requirements. Logistics for a roadshow can differ...
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