IR Leader
April 25, 2017

     ... According to a February 2017 report by Moody's Investors Service, within the next seven years, passive investments, such as index and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), are set to outpace active investments and achieve a leading share in the U.S. market. To find out more, click here to read IR leader, March edition.

     ... If a company discovers that a statement it made was actually materially incorrect at the time it was disclosed, and the correction would constitute material information, the company must publicly issue a correction of the prior misstatement as soon as the error is discovered. CIRI's top-rated Standards and Guidance for Disclosure and Model Disclosure Policy, Fifth Edition promotes timely and transparent disclosure best practices. A 'must have' resource for all who engage with the investment community. 

     ... Today, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and more than 30 regulators in other countries require public entities to provide financial statement information in eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) as a service to investors and data aggregators. The most recent issue of IR focus examines the origins of financial reporting systems, the value they bring and the challenges they pose for IROs. Click here to see what other topics have been covered.

IR leader and IR focus are published on a quarterly basis. The next issue of IR focus will be published mid-May and the pre-Conference issue of IR leader will be published in early June. Watch your email for them!

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New IOSCO Standard Likely to Yield Increased International Enforcement Cooperation and Integration

It is trite to say that capital markets know no borders. Increasingly, this reality is prompting capital markets regulators and enforcers around the world to continue to cooperate, collaborate, and, to some degree, integrate their activities. This has put additional pressures on executives and board members responsible for risk management and regulatory compliance, as well as their professional advisors. It is necessary, now more than ever, to keep abreast of evolving regulatory requirements in all countries that affect the business and capital raising activities of their firms and clients.

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The Evolution of the IR Industry

Working within the IR industry often requires a flexible approach to meet the changing pressures and opportunities it presents. John Gollifer, general manager of the UK's IR Society, who has worked within the financial sector for 30 years, shares his experience and thoughts about how the landscape has evolved over the past three decades.

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Equity Compensation Plans and Company Websites: New TSX Proposals

TSX is proposing new rules for listed companies on security-based compensation arrangements and website postings. In response to substantial feedback from market participants on the original TSX proposals published in mid-2016, the TSX has scaled back the proposed new disclosure requirements for security-based compensation arrangements and reduced the number of documents that would have to be posted on websites.

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The Expansion Of Hedge Fund Activism In The U.K. And U.S.

When activists come knocking, the board should be prepared to answer.

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Cybersecurity Trends for Boards of Directors

Cybersecurity has in recent years become an integral component of a board's role in risk oversight, but directors often find themselves in unfamiliar territory when it comes to formulating policies and oversight processes that address cybersecurity risk.

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Investors Need Material Information on a Broad Range of Value Drivers

Two reports published this month are yet further evidence of a shift in investment practices, as investors increasingly take more than just financial information into account when making investment decisions, confirming that investors overwhelmingly agree with the thinking set out by Larry Fink, CEO, BlackRock in his annual letter calling on businesses to set out their long term strategy for value creation.

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#NoMaterialInformation - CSA Provides Guidance on Social Media Use

Before sending out that next tweet or posting to a blog, hit the pause button and consider whether the timing and content pass muster.

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NYC Comptroller Takes Aim at Virtual AGMs

According to the city, the number of companies hosting virtual-only meetings has risen more than 700 percent over the past six years.

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Why Boards and C-Suites Should Fuse Sustainability With Strategy

A growing number of the world's largest companies are turning to sustainability as a strategic lens to help anticipate and navigate the complexity of the international economy, meet the expanding expectations of a growing global middle class and manage the heightened risks to their businesses from environmental and social disruptions. As a result, sustainability has migrated from the periphery to the core of business strategy and planning.

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