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Shareholder on a Shelf: An Earnings Tradition

By Dennis Walsh, Vice President

The Shareholder on a Shelf is a new tradition that has become the holiday gift of choice for IROs to their executive management teams. The story of the Shareholder on a Shelf is as follows:

Shareholder on a Shelf

“Have you ever wondered how the SEC could know;
If you’re naughty or nice in making your reported revenues and margins grow;
For 79 years it’s been a big secret;
Which now can be shared, if you promise to keep it.

At reporting time the SEC sends me to you;
I sit in the shadows to watch and report on all that you do;
My job is an assignment from Ms. Mary Jo White herself;
I am her helper, a friendly scout shareholder that sits on a shelf. Continue reading

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Is Your Investor Relations Plan Fit? Consider These 5 Steps.

By Dennis Walsh, Senior Consultant & Director of Social Media

As another year comes to a close, two things are probably on every IRO’s mind: New Year’s resolutions and next year’s investor relations plan.  Every year, one of the most common resolutions is to get fit.  People spend a tremendous amount of time and money developing new health and fitness plans to achieve that goal.  This year, apply the same techniques to your IR plan in order to have a successful 2012. 

Establish Achievable Goals

You may not be ready to compete in the Arnold Classic body building competition next year, but fitting into that new bathing suit by summer is certainly a realistic goal.  When developing your 2012 IR plan, set equally realistic expectations.  For example, expecting to grow your capitalization from a mid-cap to a large-cap in just a few months is likely an unrealistic benchmark.  Instead, focus on more achievable metrics, such as meeting with a greater number of investors, attending more conferences, or increasing trading volume.  Meeting these goals will support your ultimate goal of maximizing shareholder value. Continue reading

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Wall Street Wonderland

Opening bell rings, are you list’nin?
The market soars, most stocks are glist’nin’
A beautiful sight,
We’ll all be richer tonight.
Walking in a Wall Street wonderland.

Gone away is the recession,
Here to stay is our jobs obsession.
But our economy’s strong,
So we go along.
Walking in a Wall Street wonderland.

In the market the government can bail us all out,
Then pretend the Fed can turn things around

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Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the entire Sharon Merrill Associates team, I would like to wish all of The Podium’s readers a happy holiday season!  Thank you for supporting our blog.

We look forward to continuing our regular posting schedule in 2010.

Warmest regards,

Sharon Merrill
Chairman & CEO

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‘Twas the Night before Earnings…

‘Twas the night before earnings, when all through accounting,
Not a number was crunching; the pressure was mounting;
The toy company’s financials were all prepped with care,
In the hopes that the SEC would not soon be there;

The auditors were huddling on how to avoid the Feds,
While visions of lawsuits danced in their heads;
The CEO in a gray suit, the CFO in blue,
Had just settled down for a financial review;

When out in the lobby there arose such a clatter,
People ran from their cubes to see what was the matter;
All down the hallway the questions arose,
Someone had spotted a man in red clothes;
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