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Feb 18, 2019
BofAML reveals secular stagnation outlook among investors
The Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) fund manager survey for February reveals that investors are still downbeat on global growth. Forty-six percent of investors expect global growth to weaken over the next 12 months, with ‘secular stagnation’ – cited last month – still the consensus view: 55 percent of investors surveyed are bearish on both the growth an...
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Feb 18, 2019
Investor Forum welcomes new stewardship code consultation
The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) consultation on a new stewardship code mostly hits the right notes, according to institutional investor organization the Investor Forum.   Andy Griffiths, executive director at the Investor Forum, tells IR Magazine: ‘The proposed revision of the code is very much welcomed given both the appetite among asset owners and the increasing focus of asset managers on stewardship activities. Importantly, our members ch...
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Feb 15, 2019
Investors put focus on board diversity for 2019 proxy season
More than half (53 percent) of investors say board diversity is top of mind going into the coming proxy season, according to the 2019 Proxy Season Preview report from the EY Center for Board Matters. The survey of more than 60 institutional investors, with assets under management of $32 tn, shows investors are increasingly focused on board composition. This year’s figure of 53 percent saying the issue should be a top board focus is up from a third three years ago....
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Feb 15, 2019
Achillion Pharmaceuticals’ head of IR takes on CFO role
US-based Achillion Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, has appointed Brian Di Donato to the position of senior vice president and CFO. Di Donato has more than 20 years of financial and leadership experience and assumes responsibility for finance, accounting and treasury as well as continuing to lead investor relations. ‘Brian joined the Achillion team in August 2018 and has already made significant contributions alongside the new ma...
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Feb 15, 2019
Continental names engineer as new head of IR
German tire manufacturer Continental has named engineer and former Linde head of investor relations as its new IR chief after Rolf Woller stepped down at the end of 2018. Bernard Wang – a Princeton University electrical engineering graduate with many years’ capital markets and IR experience – took on the role at the start of January.  Wang, who comes most recently from Linde where he was head of IR since the end of 2016, also boasts an MBA from the Eur...
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Feb 14, 2019
Earnings calls increasingly mention plastic waste
Investors are looking deeper into company ESG performance, with MSCI suggesting that firms’ use of plastic is coming under greater scrutiny.  The mention of plastic waste in earnings calls increased by 340 percent in 2018, compared with the previous year, according to MSCI research. The index provider predicts that 2019 will see many organizations forced to deal with the reality that their investors view excessive use of plastic as a business risk. The dis...
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Feb 14, 2019
Hundreds of stocks at risk from Brexit and Mifid II trading rule
Up to 230 stocks listed in the UK and EU are at risk from Brexit because of a Mifid II trading rule, according to a leading trading expert.  Christian Voigt, senior regulatory adviser at software trading company Fidessa and former vice president at Deutsche Börse, has published an analysis that finds 230 liquid stocks with a roughly 50/50 split of turnover across the UK and remaining EU memb...
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Feb 14, 2019
What going fully digital means for proxy communications – and outcomes: Ticker 98
This edition of the Ticker podcast is sponsored by Broadridge Financial Solutions and features Cathy Conlon, head of corporate issuer strategy and product management at Broadridge Financial Solutions. Conlon reviews the 2018 proxy season and offers her views on the issues and technologies set to drive the upcoming AGM season – including the rise of ESG proposals, the debate around legislating for greater board diversity and the growth of electronic share voting.  ...
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Feb 13, 2019
Inside the numbers: IR Magazine Awards – US 2019
New York City will play host to the IR Magazine Awards – US 2019 next month and, ahead of the announcement of the short lists, we take a look at the numbers behind the awards-by-nomination categories. For the second consecutive year, IR Magazine has opened several categories to nominations both from companies and on behalf of companies. This differs from how the majority of the winners are selected, which is through a ...
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Feb 13, 2019
UK companies could learn from US on CEO pay
UK companies have an opportunity to learn from US counterparts on CEO pay ratios, according to a leading US compensation consultancy. This comes since the introduction of new rules in the UK after similar rules were introduced in the US by the SEC last year.   Marc Hodak, a partner at US-based executive compensation consultancy Farient Advisors, ...
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