Investor Relations

Should I Stay or IPO Now?

In 2016, it Could Depend on Your Sector When planning an IPO, proper timing and pricing are perhaps the most important decisions to be made. However, with volatile markets, interest rate increases and an ongoing economic recovery, significant questions exist about whether the current environment is conducive to going public. The answer is that at…

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Short Story: The Coexistence of FINRA and Social Media

By Jeff Mard, Vice President, HMG Company [You walk into a conference room] Hi there.   Ever go into a conference room and…. wait… if you are not working in the financial services space… take a moment to excuse yourself from this post.………… [After the conference room door closes] Jeff: [leaning over the table] Ok, pfst……

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A Prescription to Combat the New Year’s Hangover

By Jeffrey Goldberger, Managing Partner, KCSA As the clock struck midnight last week ushering in the New Year, many hoped for a successful start to 2016. Fast-forward to the first day of trading for 2016 and those hopes were quickly dashed. With negative news coming out of China and oil prices continuing to tank, the Dow…

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Helping Investors Stay Calm in a Volatile Market

By Nati Katz, Manager, Technology Practice, Burson-Marsteller Senior and longtime market experts claim that what happens during the first few days of January dictates the year’s overall stock market performance. If that’s true, and considering the opening trading day of 2016, investors have a lot to worry about. The first day of trading in 2016…

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Be Prepared, But Don’t Jump to Conclusions

By John McInerney, Group Vice President, Makovsky The first trading day of 2016 has been a brutal one in global stock markets. In China’s stock market lost 7%, Germany’s was off 4%, and Japan’s fell 3%. By the time trading started in the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average was off around 325 points only to…

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(2015 Top Report) Primer: Preparing for Shareholder Activism (DOWNLOAD)

Georgeson is the leader in helping clients prepare for and respond to shareholder activism, one of the most urgent topics in corporate governance today.  Download this primer to help understand these three components of activist preparation: Vulnerability assessment. Identify issues that could attract activist interest and tactics that may be used. Shareholder analysis. Evaluate your…

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Top 10 Investor Relations and SEC (Regulatory) Blogs of 2015

First things first. Thank you for reading Building Shareholder Confidence throughout 2015. Our readership continues to accelerate each year. Judging by our numbers, the tone (informative & “breezy”) and the topic-range fits the niches’ appetite. I’d like to think that informative & “breezy” aligns with our 2015 brand mission in regard to our products and services: intelligent value…

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Do Former Sell-Side Analysts Make the Best IR Officers?

By Rob Berick, Senior Vice President / Managing Director, Falls Communications There seems to be an increasingly steady influx of former sell-side analysts becoming IR officers at the companies they once covered. In fact, a recent study by the National Investor Relations Institute and Korn/Ferry International found that only 12 percent of new IROs have a background…

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The First Mile of the Annual Report Journey…

Even during the heavy lifting of “earnings seasons,” we’re now meeting with clients and prospects as they begin preparing for the production of their 2015 annual report and proxy. Amid all the strategic high-value conversations regarding messaging, transparency, engagement, access and compliance – the first words we almost always hear are “I need to save money from…

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Communications Strategies for Companies Going Public, Pre and Post IPO

By Gregory Sichenzia, Partner and Founding Member, Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference LLP Supported by favorable market conditions and increased consumer spending, the IPO market is beginning to heat up, with 32 deals priced by the end of June, the busiest month on record in 2015.  Why are more companies deciding to go public now? Their goals…

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The Encroachment of Start-ups on Wall Street

By Leslie Bocskor, Managing Partner, Electrum Partners The reverberations from the recent financial crisis are, to this day, still being felt. The Complete Credit Collapse and Asset Price Meltdown (often called mistakenly the Great Recession in the media, understandably) , while initially seeming to be a disastrous, cataclysmic event for all those with mutual funds, allowed…

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Buying EGC Unicorns: Be Sure to Look Under the Horn

Emerging growth companies (EGC) bring new innovations and services to the economy – and opportunity to the capital markets. They also are sparkling, bedazzled targets for acquisition, fueling corporate and earnings growth. By default, the DNA of the startup environment is high risk and (nose to the grindstone) high reward. However, regardless of the speed…

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10 Must-Reads for Communications and IR Pros

By Vilan Trub, Business Wire Don’t have enough time in your day to keep up with the latest changes in our industry?  You’re not alone. Business Wire meticulously compiled the top articles on how to manage, amplify and measure successful communication programming in this modern, always connected digital age. This series features educational studies on…

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The Shareholder Revolution will be Tweeted, Liked, Shared and +1’d

Shareholders are organizing and mobilizing on a variety of social media platforms, says Professor Seth Oranburg, the author of “A Little Birdie Said: How Twitter Is Disrupting Shareholder Activism,” a recent article in the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law. “More than 500 million “tweets” or 140-character messages are sent every day,” says Professor…

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[DOWNLOAD] The 2015 Guide to Writing Financial Earnings News Releases

By Serena Ehrlich, Director of Social and Evolving Media, Business Wire Investor Relations has changed and so has the way IRO’s communicate with their audiences.  Gone are the days of in which investor teams spoke solely to financial audiences.  Today, consumers are just as interested in the financial health of businesses, as the analysts who…

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The Economic Impact of Female Entrepreneurs (PRESENTATION)

Editor’s Note: In 1999, Babson College’s Diana Project published its seminal report on the state of venture capital investments in female entrepreneurs. This report set out to examine why fewer than 5% of all ventures receiving equity financing had women on their executive teams. While antiquated logic might have left you to quickly surmise that female…

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Do To Succeed

By Roman Temkin, New York-based Entrepreneur The success of an entrepreneur is not just based on determination and hard work. Prospering as an entrepreneur requires a steadfast dedication to developing your innate leadership skills. These five proactive measures can help you refine your inherent attributes as a leader and succeed as an entrepreneur. Perpetuate a Positive…

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The New PR and IR Influencers: Are They On Your Side?

By Sanjay Kulkarni, Vice President, Product & Marketing, Marketwired If you’re in public relations, investor relations or marketing, you know that the way people find, consume and share information today is vastly different from the way they did just a few years ago. Although the focus is still on establishing and fostering relationships, it’s no longer…

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