Online annual report best practices, tips, reviews and ideas.
By Richard Ketchen on October 19, 2011
ASKING an investor what makes a good annual report is like asking somebody what makes a good pizza. Some enjoy the simplicity of a thin, crispy base topped with only tomato sauce and cheese. Others prefer thick-crusted varieties capable of supporting a shopping-cart load of toppings.
By Dominic Jones on July 13, 2011
A NEW survey of Canadian online investors has found that few rely on formal disclosure documents like annual reports for investment information, even though most describe themselves as long-term investors.
By Richard Ketchen on June 16, 2011
COMPLEXITY is unavoidable in today’s ever more complicated and sophisticated business environment. Much of the complexity in corporate reporting, however, is created by the sheer volume of disclosure. The solution? Thoughtful reduction to achieve simplicity.
By Dominic Jones on June 14, 2011
A SURVEY of investment industry professionals’ views on Swedish investor relations practices has yielded some surprisingly frank responses, including that they don’t care much about CSR issues and think some IROs are token employees who can do little more than pour coffee.
By Dominic Jones on May 12, 2011
WEB traffic statistics compiled by Google show that investors are spending less than 5 minutes viewing annual meeting materials hosted by large vendors – and younger investors are almost entirely ignoring the documents.
By Richard Ketchen on May 9, 2011
ANNUAL reporting season has finally and mercifully come to an end for most companies.
By Richard Ketchen on April 4, 2011
LOVE it or hate it, Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) provides a window on details behind earnings and other key performance numbers. But is the MD&A a bastion of storytelling and plain language? Probably not.
By Dominic Jones on March 29, 2011
IN WHAT surely ranks as one of the worst web publishing practices, hundreds of companies are posting important disclosure documents on their investor relations websites in formats that prevent people from copying text.
By Dominic Jones on March 23, 2011
By Dominic Jones on March 16, 2011
OVER the past decade or so, companies seem to have been in a perpetual struggle trying to decide how best to publish their financial reports online. Practices and formats seem to change from one year to the next, with each year seeming to bring some new “innovation” designed to make it “easier” for companies to [...]
By Dominic Jones on March 3, 2011
INVESTOR relations departments are hardly renowned for being leaders in using new technology, but it seems you can make an exception when it comes to iPad apps designed to deliver IR information on Apple’s popular tablet.
By Annica Strahner on March 2, 2011
DESPITE having some of the highest rates of Internet use in the world, Nordic public companies still spend a huge proportion of their investor relations budgets on printed annual reports — even though there is growing evidence that investors seldom read them.
By Richard Ketchen on February 17, 2011
“A DECENT annual report is becoming like a hygiene factor—it’s like washing your teeth on a daily basis.” That was the observation of Mikus Janvars, Director of Corporate Finance at Evli Securities, one of several analysts featured recently in the video embedded below.