Institutional Shareholders’ Voice in the Boardroom

Today, we published a brand new edition of the Ipreo Better IR Newsletter.

The Summer 2016 edition of our regular newsletter covering the investor relations industry includes the results of our sixth annual Corporate Access Survey; a look at international investments in US Equities; and an IRO’s guide to understanding options activity and strategy, along with regular fund and firm reports, and a closer look at Tokyo’s investment market.

Also featured this month is a story from Brian Matt, CFA, Director and Global Head of Strategy and Innovation with Ipreo, which focuses on shareholders’ voting activity in director elections and the factors driving investor voting tendencies.

Here’s a brief excerpt from the Summer 2016 edition of the Better IR’s feature, Institutional Shareholders’ Voice in the Boardroom:

Some investors take this duty to the level of operational engagement, such as publicly seeking to change governance practices at a company or filing shareholder proposals; a much larger contingent of the investment community simply seeks to speak its mind once per year through the proxy voting process. The growth of index investing, which is naturally scalable and concentrated, has led to a larger percentage of all shares held by shareholders who are unable to “vote with their feet” by selling shares of companies with unacceptable governance risks. These are the investors who may speak softly 364 days a year, but carry a big stick on the date of the AGM.

For the full piece, check out Summer 2016’s Better IR!