Category Archives: Financial communication

Norway links investment fund decisions to sustainability

The world’s largest investment fund, Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, just announced plans to push companies towards more sustainable business models. The fund, which holds stakes in some 9,000 companies across 72 countries, is shifting its investment policies to align them better with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will, therefore, scrutinize all future investments for environmental… Read More »

Investor Relations – What has changed over the last decade?

As the Investor Relations Magazine turns thirty, its editors look a bit at their own history and the history of investor relations. In an interview with Smooch Repovich Reynolds, managing director of the investor relations and corporate communications practice at ZRG Partners, the editors discuss groundbreaking developments that have shaped the past 10 years in this industry. Smooch kicks… Read More »

Impact of corporate announcements – a matter of credibility

Usually, stock markets are quite stress-resistant if it comes to (even relevant) news. It is hard for an individual news piece to move whole markets. IR Magazine has now published an article by Henry Downing that reflects on the circumstances in which impact can still be dramatic. In this context, it highlights the important role of source credibility. News… Read More »

ESG Reporting – How Companies React to More Conscious Investors

Forbes Magazine is estimating that $30 trillion in assets moves from the current to younger, more sustainably oriented investors,  incentivizing companies to implement more comprehensive “ESG” reporting measures. ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance reporting and has become a key element in annual reports of companies listed at major stock exchanges, as London, Singapore, NY and… Read More »

Influencing investment decisions through the CEO’s language

One of the pieces certainly worth sharing from my summer reading list is a recent study by researchers from Tulane University that looks at the relationship between a CEO’s language (more precisely word choice) in earnings calls and investor attitude / investment decisions stock performance.

A Letter from a CEO to his Investor… that Killed his Career

Klaus Kleinfeld, former CEO of German industry giant Siemens, resigned from his position as CEO of Arconic a specialty metals producer spun-off of aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. Kleinfeld resigned after a letter that he had written to Paul Singer, founder of $33 billion hedge fund Elliott Management. Elliott owns a 13 percent stake in Arconic and had launched a campaign to oust… Read More »

The Reputation Dividend

People who follow my blog (or read my textbook) are well aware of the fact that corporate reputations can be a major source of value creation for companies. It deserves therefore to be managed just like other assets of a company! A recent study by the Institute for Public Relations supports this thesis, by attempting to but a monetary… Read More »

Top Tipps for Designing Investor Relations Websites

Regular followers of my blog know the value of IR Magazine research and reporting. I recently came across an article featuring top advice on investor relations websites, as IR Magazine interviewed Patrick Kiss, head of investor and public relations at shopping center retail firm Deutsche EuroShop. Kiss produced a list of 10 key recommendations, which in short would be… Read More »

Writing a Strategic Plan for Investor Relations

IR Magazine this week featured an excellent visualization of the drafting process for strategic investor relations plans. Click the graphic below for a closer look and check out more details and other magazine content here.

Private equity pioneer gives lessons in investor relations

Henry Kravis, founder of private equity giant KKR gave Bloomberg a remarkable interview, looking back at 40 years in the investment business. The interview has a view fascinating insights into investment decisions and interaction with investor relations efforts. “I compare their responses to the dot-com period around 2000. Back then I’d ask, ‘What’s your strategy?’ and people would… Read More »