Strategy & Insight Archive

Jun 16, 2014
Research section: Education and investor relations
It’s commonly accepted that there is no set route to becoming an IRO: anecdotal evidence suggests many in the profession come from diverse starting points, be they financial qualifications, on-the-job training or industry-specific university degrees. Though there are many different starting points, there are several skill sets and personal characteristics that lend themselves to the profession, and other attributes...Read more
May 26, 2014
IR challenges: macroeconomics a bigger concern in 2014
Investor-related challenges top 2014 list but macroeconomic concerns grow in size. Macroeconomic IR challenges are the only area of concern to have grown during 2014, with almost a fifth (18 percent) of investor relations professionals naming this area as their top challenge, according to research by IR Magazine . Click here to download the full six-page Research Report: IR challenges . Investor-related...Read more
Apr 16, 2014
Research section: Thoughts on the capital markets
IROs believe things are looking up in the investment markets. There’s one frustration all researchers share: when a client or someone you are reporting to dismisses the value of your findings because those findings conform to his or her expectations. ‘Tell me something I don’t already know!’ he or she might exclaim, to which our reply would be (if we were brave enough), ‘We have: before, you thought it;...Read more
Mar 26, 2014
Cap-size research: No small numbers
Investigating the source of small-cap companies’ biggest challenges. Around 18 months ago I attended the IR Magazine winter think tank in London. One of the sessions addressed the issue of dealing with sell-side analysts , and much of the conversation focused on having too many analysts and whether the market could be better informed about a company if that firm had fewer analysts covering it. I remember...Read more
Feb 28, 2014
Research section: Rising to the IR challenge
Investigating the greatest issues faced by IR practitioners in 2013. The latest round of our ongoing global survey of IROs is complete and we are currently analyzing the results. The survey was conducted during December 2013 and early January 2014, and more than 900 IROs took part. The survey covers topics as diverse as IR responsibility, resources for outsourcing and opinions on services provided, IR education...Read more
Dec 16, 2013
Research section: Global IR trends 2013
Last month saw the publication of the IR Magazine Global Investor Relations Practice Report 2013 . This is the third consecutive year we have published the report and the ongoing research has given us the opportunity to identify common IR practices and provided us with insight into many trends that have emerged during this period. The past three years, for example, have seen a fall in both IR budgets and...Read more
Oct 29, 2013
 Research Section: Asian IR achievers
A sneak preview of our latest research into investor relations in Asia. As we head to the end of the year, we approach the final leg of the 2013 round of the IR Magazine Awards. December sees us hold two events in Asia, our Greater China awards in Hong Kong on December 5 and our South East Asia awards in Singapore on December 10. Research for both events was undertaken in a survey of Asian investors and analysts...Read more
Aug 27, 2013
Research Section: Going global
IR Magazine’s company rankings now cover top firms from around the world. The coming months bring two significant research-related developments for IR Magazine . September sees the launch of our brand new website, , complete with a revamped research section. This new section will include interactive regional rankings, providing key company profile data. This information will also be...Read more
Jul 25, 2013
Research Section: How should companies use their spare cash?
How do investor attitudes compare on either side of the Atlantic? All companies have to try to give investors what they want in terms of return on investment or – perhaps more appropriately – find the kind of investors that want what an investment in that particular stock will provide. Even taking short-sellers and their ilk out of the equation, investors have a wide variety of requirements in terms of returns: some...Read more
Jul 09, 2013
Research Section: Sell-side analyst coverage
Dealing with sell-side analysts is a vital part of an IRO’s job – yet it is not a fixed part. The relationship consistently changes across time and according to region and company size. The changing nature of the relationship between the buy side and the sell side also affects the importance of the sell side to IROs. This report looks at how satisfied IROs are with their company’s sell-side analyst coverage and the...Read more
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