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Investor Relations and High-Frequency Trading: Q&A with Bill Harts of Modern Markets Initiative

Bill Harts is the CEO of Modern Markets Initiative (MMI), an advocacy organization devoted to the role of technological innovation in creating the world’s best markets. MMI engages and educates public audiences about the value modern market professionals provide to today’s electronic marketplace. Harts is known in the financial services industry as a pioneer of…

Sharon Merrill Associates Investor Relations

In-N-Out in IR for 2017

It’s once again time for our tongue-in-cheek roadmap of what’s in and what’s out in investor relations, and more, for the upcoming year. We hope you enjoy, and have a happy, healthful and successful 2017. In Out Empathy challenge Mannequin challenge FinTech Traditional banks Tick size program Mosquitos Smart homes Dumbwaiters IRC CFA Passive investing Active…

Sharon Merrill Associates Investor Relations

Holly Jolly Market

(to the tune of “Holly Jolly Christmas”) Have a holly jolly market It’s the best one of the year Dow is up, don’t press your luck Two weeks are left in the year   Have a holly jolly market Take your meetings on the Street Tension’s low, and funds have dough And bears are in…

Sharon Merrill Associates Investor Relations The Podium

In-N-Out in IR For 2016

It’s once again time for our tongue-in-cheek roadmap of what’s in and what’s out in investor relations, and more, for the upcoming year. We hope you enjoy, and have a happy and successful 2016. In Out Elections Debates Mexico, Vietnam, Nigeria BRICs Drones Radio Shack Corporate Social Responsibility Hedge funds Millennials Everyone Else India China Uberization…

Sharon Merrill Associates Investor Relations The Podium Blog

It’s the Most Opportune Time of the Year

(to the tune of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”)   It’s the most opportune time of the year, With the calendar limping, Valuations dipping, Investors still hear, It’s the most opportune time of the year! It’s the un-uncertain season of all, With economy follies, And Santa Claus rallies, When activists call, It’s…

Let them Know

By Andrew Blazier, Senior Associate (to the tune of “Let it Snow”) Oh, the markets worldwide are frightful But your messaging’s so delightful Since the company outlook can grow, Let them know! Let them know! Let them know!   Your strategy isn’t popping Though commodities are dropping Although growth, it has been slow, Let them…

REIT IR: This Investor Pool Isn’t Big Enough for the Two of Us

By Andrew Blazier, Senior Associate A good friend and colleague of mine used to describe the universe of real estate investment trusts – REITs – as an “us girls” industry. It was difficult to break in, but once you did, the REIT community was so small, and so interconnected, that working within the industry could…