Technology & social media Archive

Oct 31, 2022
More US companies holding in-person AGMs, study finds
Almost two thirds (63 percent) of US companies’ AGMs were held in person in the six months to June 30 – an increase from 55.9 percent last year, according to new research. The report from Computershare also notes that no US companies used a hybrid format for their AGM this past proxy season, unlike their peers in other global regions. Many companies switched to holding virtual AGMs in 2020 and 2021 as the Covid-19 pandemic and related health concerns made in-pe...
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Aug 31, 2022
UK companies warm to hybrid AGMs, finds report by White & Case
While the majority of FTSE 350 companies have opted for a purely physical AGM this year, a sizable minority have selected a full hybrid meeting where both in-person and virtual attendees can take part in proceedings, according to new research. In a review of AGM arrangements published since January, 56 companies went for a hybrid AGM, compared with 94 that chose a physical meeting with no virtual engagement.  ...
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May 04, 2022
Succession planning: Preparations for the inevitable
Corporate Secretary’s ‘Succession planning: Preparations for the inevitable’ report presents data collected from a survey conducted among in-house governance professionals such as general counsel and corporate secretaries. It provides important insights into, among other things, who typically is in charge of succession planning, who and what is included in plans and how often boards review their company’s plans. Findings in this report are based on data from an onl...
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Apr 06, 2022
New tools monitor executive sentiment through voice analysis
Sentiment analysis has become a mainstream tool for investors and today, 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 b...
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Feb 02, 2022
CEOs name cyber-risk as top threat in 2022, survey finds
CEOs view cyber-attacks as the biggest threat to companies over the next 12 months, according to new research from PwC. In the firm’s annual CEO survey, cyber-risk comes out as the top concern (selected by 49 percent of respondents), followed by health risks (48 percent) and macroeconomic volatility (43 percent), including topics such as inflation and GDP changes. Financial services CEOs are the most worried about cyber-incidents affecting their business, w...
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Dec 29, 2021
Tech talk: Perks programs seek to connect companies with retail investors
The rise of retail investors has been well publicized recently but this rise has only exacerbated the reasons why most firms concentrate on institutional investors. While institutional investors are similar in nature, fewer in number and invest higher amounts, the reverse is often true for the retail investor. Communicating effectively with retail investors means communicating with a large and fragmented audience that could range from loyal customers investing their...
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Sep 09, 2021
CEOs say cyber-attacks are biggest threat to company growth prospects
Cyber-threats have fast become a major source of anxiety for nearly half (47 percent) of global CEOs, according to a new survey from PwC. This figure is a jump from last year’s survey where one third (33 percent) of global CEOs cited cyber-threats as a concern. The fear is greatest among CEOs of companies in North America, where more than two thirds (69 percent) cite cyber as the largest threat to their organization’s growth – a 19 percentage-point increase on...
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Mar 04, 2021
Opinion: How virtual shareholder meetings minimize environmental impact
In the wake of pandemic disruption, more issuers than ever held virtual shareholder meetings (VSMs) in 2020. Taking advantage of the latest technologies, companies found that VSMs can maximize convenience and create a rewarding shareholder experience. The cost savings were a great perk, too.   But there’s another side of the story we don’t usually talk about: VSMs generate significantly lower carbon emissions than in-person meetings. This is especially importan...
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