IR Leader
June 18, 2013

Certified Professional in Investor Relations

Recognizing the need for formal education in the field of investor relations, CIRI and the Richard Ivey School of Business (Ivey) have developed a program that covers all relevant areas of this multi-disciplinary role including capital markets, corporate governance, securities law, finance and communications. | Complete Article |

Top Stories

VIDEO: Why is Activist Investing Picking Up?

Bloomberg Contributing Editor Fabio Savodelli discusses activist investing with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves."

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Will JOBS Act Harm Naive Investors?

Some suspect the final SEC regs may go too far in lowering regulatory barriers to private-company capital formation.

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Canada Announces New Initiative for Disclosure of Payments to Governments

On June 12, 2013, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the introduction of a new transparency initiative in Canada that will require Canadian companies in the extractive industries, including mining, oil and gas, to disclose their payments made to domestic and foreign governments.

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New Canadian Marketing Rules for Prospectus Offerings

On May 30, 2013, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published the final version of the amendments to the rules related to "pre-marketing" and "marketing" activities in connection with prospectus offerings (the "Final Amendments"). The amendments to the rules were originally published for comment by the CSA on November 25, 2011 (the "Original Amendments").

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Survey Finds Social Media Gap Between Investors, Companies

Despite the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) giving a green light to disclosure via social media, the vast majority of investor relations (IR) departments are neither using social media today nor do they have any intention of doing so any time soon.

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Advertising Hedge Funds

TOBACCO and alcohol brands face heavy restrictions when it comes to advertising. Hedge funds and other purveyors of alternative investments have suffered similar prohibitions on marketing their products. That ban may soon be lifted in America. (Europe's pending new regime for alternative investments is stricter, although it has lots of loopholes.) Long consigned to silence, the money men are starting to practise their sales pitches.

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New Balance Sheets and REITs

The public announcements by Loblaw and Canadian Tire that they will soon transfer a major portion of their real estate portfolio to a real estate investment trust ("REIT") are indicative of the changes in strategy and means of financing of certain businesses, namely corporations owning mature real estate properties. Other corporations are currently considering the possibility of creating such an investment vehicle.

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VIDEO: 2 Minutes with CIRI: Yvette Lokker

CIRI's CEO at Canada's 2013 IR Conference.

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Commissioner Gallagher Says SEC Rules Led to the Rise of Proxy Advisory Firms

Commissioner Gallagher recently lamented that the SEC has played a "significant role" in the rising influence of proxy advisory firms and the increasing willingness of investors to rely on them. He blamed the rules adopted in 2003 under the Investment Advisers Act, which focused on an investment adviser's fiduciary obligation to its clients when the adviser has the authority to vote its clients' proxies.

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How To Prevent a Shareholder Blowup

Companies should anticipate and respond to shareholder concerns before they come to a head.

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