IR Leader
August 13, 2013
No comprehensive program exists that teaches the unique combination of skills and knowledge required to be successful in investor relations. Those new to the IR function are often overwhelmed by the responsibilities and uncertain where to begin, and what questions to ask.

The third edition of this Guide to Developing an Investor Relations Program reflects changes to regulatory requirements since 2005 and the evolution of IR practices and communications channels in the current environment.
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Canadian Securities Regulators Provide Update on Transition to New National Systems Service Provider

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today provide additional information on the transition process to the new CSA National Systems service provider, CGI Information Systems and Management Consultants Inc. (CGI).

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The Rise of the One-Tenant REIT

If you want to own publicly-traded retail real estate, your choice until recently was RioCan Real Estate Income Trust, Calloway REIT or First Capital Realty Inc. - old school real estate landlords, behemoths now after one to two decades of growth in the ever-expanding Canadian retail market.

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SEC Provides Guidance on Custody of Privately Offered Securities

The SEC's Division of Investment Management recently offered guidance on the custody of privately offered securities. The SEC noted that although a security evidenced by a private stock certificate does not technically meet the custody rule's definition of 'privately offered security' because of the existence of a 'certificate,' advisers contend that such securities are similar in all material respects to a privately offered security because the client's ownership interest in the security is not impacted by the existence (or lack thereof) of the certificate.

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CEO Pay: Another Statistic Coming for Investors

Do you think it'd be nice to know how much a CEO makes compared with the typical amount made by an employee of his or her company? Well, you're going to find out. Soon.

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SEC Eases Publicity Restrictions for Some Private Placements, but with Strings Attached

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) was intended to stimulate the growth of small businesses by relaxing a number of requirements and restrictions under U.S. federal securities laws. One of the most potentially significant changes called for by the JOBS Act was the requirement it imposed on the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to adopt rules eliminating the prohibition on general solicitation and general advertising in certain types of private placement offerings.

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Standards Call For Green Disclosure in SEC Filings

More non-financial disclosures in 10-Ks could become commonplace if new sustainability accounting standards gain acceptance.

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10 Implications of SEC's Repeal of General Solicitation Rules

In a historic and long-anticipated move to make private placements less 'private,' the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final rules allowing general solicitation and general advertising in private placements.

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With Fewer Barbarians at the Gate, Companies Face a New Pressure

The hostile takeover is on life support, if it's not dead altogether.

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