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 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 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 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 Dominic Jones on February 4, 2011
ONE of the perennial questions that companies ask about their online annual reports is what format do stakeholders prefer: HTML or PDF?
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 Dominic Jones on January 19, 2011
WEB technology offers companies the ability to transform their dense annual financial disclosure documents into valuable online resources that both current and prospective investors and analysts will gain utility from all year round.
By Dominic Jones on March 12, 2010
UNDER the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s controversial notice-and-access (N&A) process for the delivery of annual meeting materials, companies can mail their shareholders a slip of paper containing a URL where recipients can access their proxy materials online. Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) is one company that is in the process of sending such a notice to [...]
By Dominic Jones on September 23, 2009
PEOPLE like me have been promoting online annual report best practices for almost a decade now, but the message mostly isn’t getting through. According to the 2009 Nexxar online annual report survey, there has been a modest improvement in the number of companies that are providing at least some of their reports’ content in formats [...]
By Dominic Jones on August 2, 2008
THE US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published its 47-page interpretive release that explains how companies can use their websites and blogs to meet its requirements for public disclosure under Regulation FD. Here’s a Scribd version of the complete release, which can also be downloaded in PDF from the SEC’s website. See my initial [...]
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By Dominic Jones on June 20, 2008
DENMARK’S Danske Bank this week swept the IR Magazine Nordic Awards in Copenhagen — winning three of the top regional titles, including the Grand prix for best overall investor relations and best use of technology. The bank’s head of investor relations Martin Gottlob was voted the Nordic Region’s best investor relations officer by the 180 [...]
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By Dominic Jones on June 3, 2008
THE online annual reporting period in Europe and North America is drawing to a close — and except for an elite group of forward-thinking companies it has been a disappointing season. This was the first year where many companies had the option of delivering their reports on the web as the default option. This was [...]
By Pam Agnew on April 10, 2008
THE North American investor relations associations appear to be putting web-based disclosure on the front burner as the Internet moves to center stage and securities regulators increasingly rely on corporate websites to deliver information to investors. Earlier this week, Jeff Morgan, the new President and CEO of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), called to [...]
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