Technology & Social Media Archive

May 23, 2022
Rapping about results: How ZhongAn's youth-focused brand inspires its approach to IR
Many companies today use video to tell their story to investors, but most are not as creatively brave as ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance. Last year, it commissioned a music video featuring a rap about the firm’s 2020 results and a man posing in a horse hat. Oh, and the actor in the hat was the head of IR. Launched in 2013, ZhongAn is a pioneer in the insurtech indust...
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May 06, 2022
The week in investor relations: Companies under pressure over Roe vs Wade, worst April in 52 years for S&P 500 and Robinhood launches stock-lending program
– According to The Wall Street Journal (paywall), companies are facing pressure from shareholders, employees and local governments to take a stance on access to abortion as the US Supreme Court considers overturning Roe vs Wade. It is essential for companies that value talent and see gender equity...
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May 05, 2022
Micro ‘finfluencers’ enjoy greater trust than those with ‘mega’ followings, says Xemoto
‘Micro-influencers – those with between 1,000 and 50,000 followers – tend to be somewhat better trusted than mega-influencers,’ Virginia Brailey, CEO of Xemoto, tells IR Magazine. ‘They have a smaller following and they aren’t just ‘pushing out’ information: there’s an opportunity for people in their community to talk to each other and ask questions of each other, so it just feels more like a natural community. That’s a much more trusted enviro...
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Apr 22, 2022
The week in investor relations: SEC cyber-rule could increase risks, CEO-to-worker pay gap rises and the Musk-Twitter saga continues
– A new rule requiring US asset managers to disclose more information about cyber-attacks could in fact be a boon for hackers, critics warned. WatersTechnology said the proposed rule, requiring investment firms to report any ‘significant cyber-security incidents’ to the SEC within 48 hours and ‘promptly’ inform client...
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Apr 13, 2022
Business of blockchain: How to engage the digitally native next generation
Digital assets are today’s burgeoning investment asset class dominated by a new generation of Generation Z and millennial investors, who may be causing a shift in conventional retail IR practices. Since 2020, this global group of blockchain investors has diversified its Bitcoin and cryptocurrency portfolios to embrace decentralized finance (DeFi). These investors are buying, holding, lending and staking tokens – central to fueling use-cases and business models t...
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Apr 08, 2022
The week in investor relations: Retail trading remains strong, Shell’s $5 bn Russia writedown and Elon Musk joins Twitter
– Retail trading is down from peak numbers reached during the height of Covid-19, but holding well above pre-pandemic levels, and indications are that current levels are sustainable, according to Traders Magazine, covering the ‘How retail is changing equity market structure’ panel at the Security Traders Association of New York annual confer...
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Apr 05, 2022
Mind your tone: new tools are monitoring executive sentiment through voice analysis
Sentiment analysis has become a mainstream tool for investors. These days, when your earnings call transcript is published, AI models scan the text to identify which sections appear more positive or negative. The information can be piped straight into trading strategies or used as a basis for further investigation. At the cutting edge of this work is an attempt to glean insight directly from the audio of the call. As we all know, how you say something can...
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Mar 30, 2022
Accentuating the positive: Interview with rising star award winner Christine Yang
Amid the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, Christine Yang, senior IR analyst at Central China Real Estate, embraced digital tools and events to help her company stay close to the investment community. That work included co-ordinating a monthly online reverse roadshow that included bilingual introductory videos, and teaching the management team how to stay connected with the market through online platforms. Her efforts were recognized in December last year ...
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Mar 29, 2022
Tesla latest mega-cap to announce stock-split plans
Tesla is seeking shareholder approval for its second stock split since 2020, with the firm saying it wants to do so through a stock dividend. Shareholders will vote on the proposal at Tesla’s AGM later this year. Its first stock split came in summer 2020, when it executed a five-for-one split at a time when shares were trading above $2,000 each and Tesla was preparing for inclusion in the S&P 500 benchmark, which it joined in December the same year. ...
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Mar 23, 2022
SRD II will drive new shareholder disclosure rules beyond Europe, say webinar panelists
The Shareholder Rights Directive II (SRD II) will prompt other markets beyond Europe to bring in new rules covering shareholder engagement and transparency, predicted speakers on an IR Magazine Webinar last week. The European directive brought in a range of new obligations for companies, investors and intermediaries. For example, issuers now have the right to identify their shareholders by sending a reque...
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