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IR in the Investment Management Context

IR in the Investment Management Context

Ronan White

40 years: Capital markets and investor relations

In this video, Ronan discusses the role of investor relations in the context of investment management. He discusses the trends that IR professionals need to be aware of in order to effectively communicate with investors to provide them with the information they need to make informed investment decisions.

In this video, Ronan discusses the role of investor relations in the context of investment management. He discusses the trends that IR professionals need to be aware of in order to effectively communicate with investors to provide them with the information they need to make informed investment decisions.

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IR in the Investment Management Context

13 mins 48 secs

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the differences between active and passive investing

  • Understand the rising significance of ESG investing

  • Understand the impact of shareholder activism on IR

  • Understand the disruption caused by the use of AI, ML and big data

  • Understand the increasing relevance of retail imvestors

Overview:

Historically, the IR function was concerned only with legal, regulatory and compliance matters. However, in today's rapidly changing capital markets, the focus has shifted to delivering shareholder value and meeting fixed-income investor requirements. It is vital for an IR practitioner to understand the topical and emerging trends to achieve best results for the company’s various stakeholders.

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Summary

What are the differences between active and passive investing and how does this impact the IR function?

One major trend in investment management is the shift from active to passive investing. Active investing involves trying to outperform a particular benchmark or index by identifying and picking opportunities, whereas passive investing involves mimicking a benchmark or index and holding onto investments for the long term. Passive investing has become more popular in recent years due to its lower costs and risks.

What is the impact of increasing ESG investing on the IR function of companies?

Another trend that is gaining importance is the focus on ESG (environmental, social, and governance) factors. Investors are increasingly using ESG criteria as part of their analysis to identify material risks and growth opportunities. Companies need to consider how to design, execute, and communicate an ESG strategy that is appropriate for their business and creates value for investors and other stakeholders.

How is the rising shareholder activism impacting IR teams of companies?

Shareholder activism is also on the rise, with investors taking a more active role in challenging companies on issues such as executive pay and corporate governance. IR professionals need to be prepared to engage with activist investors and respond to their concerns in a constructive and transparent manner.

How will AI, ML and big data impact the investment management industry and the IR function of firms?

The use of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data in investment strategies is also a growing trend. These technologies can help investment managers to identify opportunities and make more informed investment decisions. However, they also raise ethical and regulatory concerns that need to be addressed.

How should the IR function handle retail investors?

While institutional investors have traditionally been the primary focus of IR, the rise of retail investing has led to an increased need for IR professionals to communicate with and provide information to individual investors.

 

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Ronan White

Ronan White

Ronan has over 30 years’ experience in senior management roles across the financial services sector in Ireland and the UK. His career spans treasury, capital markets, investor relations, corporate lending, corporate communications, marketing, and compliance. He currently works in Dublin with InCol Limited a mortgage sector, financial solutions business focusing on the UK, Irish and Benelux markets, and with its sister company, DFinitive Capital, a financial aggregator originating capital markets funding for the social and affordable housing sector in Ireland. Ronan serves as Non-executive Chairman of Moneycorp Technologies Limited (MTL), the Irish based regulated subsidiary of Moneycorp Group. MTL operates the group’s EU business. Prior to InCol and DFinitive Ronan worked with National Australia Bank in London and prior to that he was with Anglo Irish Bank (Dublin and London), the Woodchester Group (a consumer finance business owned by GE Capital and before that by Credit Lyonnais) (Dublin and London) and with Allied Irish Banks (Dublin). Ronan is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland having trained with KPMG where he specialised in reconstruction and insolvency assignments. He is a graduate of University College Dublin with a B. Comm. He holds the FT Non-Executive Director Diploma.

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