By Dominic Jones on August 23, 2011
A NEW study by prominent accounting professors has found evidence that big investors benefit from information they glean in private meetings with company CEOs – and they say their findings raise questions about whether such meetings meet the spirit of Regulation Fair Disclosure (Reg FD).
By Dominic Jones on July 13, 2011
THE US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is going to train about 125 employees to write clearer advice for issuers and their lawyers – but investors are unlikely to benefit from the simpler prose.
By Vanessa Schoenthaler on April 11, 2011
WHEN business communicators think about disclosure rules, they typically worry most about Regulation Fair Disclosure (Reg FD) – but for all the angst this particular regulation causes, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s list of enforcement actions is surprisingly short.
By Anne Leslie-Bini on April 6, 2011
SINCE many companies have yet to make a decision about how they will meet the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) looming XBRL deadline, we have put together a “Shoppers Guide” to help them navigate their way through the XBRL vendor market.
By Annica Strahner on March 31, 2011
COMPLIANCE risk is the most common reason given by investor relations professionals in Scandinavia to explain why they do not use social media, and various discussions and events that have tackled the topic haven’t helped to give them more comfort.
By Anne Leslie-Bini on March 9, 2011
WHEN you work with eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) on a daily basis like I do, it’s easy to forget – and sometimes a little disconcerting — that most people don’t share your enthusiasm for the standard and its potential.
By Vanessa Schoenthaler on February 22, 2011
REGULATION FD was designed to put an end to the practice of companies selectively disclosing material nonpublic information to certain market participants who could reasonably be expected to trade on the basis of that information or to provide others with advice about trading.
By Anne Leslie-Bini on February 20, 2011
AMERICAN businesses affected by Sarbanes-Oxley legislation still vividly remember the days leading up to the deadline for SOX 404 compliance back in 2004/2005, and the vast army of internal control specialists that were mobilized — at sometimes eye-watering rates — to help filers meet their Section 404 requirements.
By Dominic Jones on February 9, 2011
CONCERNS are being raised about the readiness of service providers to meet the needs of the more than 8,000 smaller companies that must begin filing reports in eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) for the first time this July.
By Dominic Jones on February 8, 2011
RE-TWEETS on Twitter and “Likes” on Facebook may be endorsements of third-party content under securities laws, according to draft guidance published by the self-regulatory Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).
By Dominic Jones on January 31, 2011
THE CFA Institute, the professional body that bestows the Chartered Financial Analyst designation on portfolio managers and analysts, has released a template for company executive compensation reports that it hopes will make annual pay disclosures “clearer and more relevant to investors.”
By Dominic Jones on January 24, 2011
FOR every new securities rule, there seems to be an unintended consequence. But one set of rules — the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) E-Proxy requirements – has had more than its fair share of negative outcomes.
By David Brickell on January 13, 2011
BRIAN Basham is no stranger to street fighting in the City of London. For the former journalist, PR man and chairman of research house Equity Development, nearly five decades of entrepreneurial success, high jinks and legal battles have only fuelled his affection for British business.