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Andrew Blazier

Andrew Blazier is a senior associate at Sharon Merrill. Andrew has developed and executed investor relations programs for small-cap and mid-cap companies, with a particular focus on pre-IPO and listed REITs and financial services companies. He counsels clients on the full spectrum of investor relations issues, including earnings messaging, strategic disclosure, peer monitoring, analyst and investor targeting, conference and investor day planning, non-deal road shows, internal communications and media outreach. ablazier@investorrelations.com
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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 algorithmic trading, as well as an authority on financial market structure and applied technology for trading.

Q: Thank you very much for being here, Bill. Can you tell us about Modern Markets Initiative? What are your goals?

A: Modern Markets Initiative first came together in late 2013. Our mission has always been to educate people about what high-frequency trading is, how it works and most importantly, how it saves a lot of money for investors and continues to do so every day.  Also, we wanted to serve as a resource to let investors and issuers alike understand the important role of high frequency trading in the trading ecosystem.

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Investor Relations, high-frequency trading, HFT, equity trading, trading, equity markets

In-N-Out in IR for 2017

 

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Investor Relations, Trends, IR Trends, 2017, Investor Relations 2017, 2017 Trends, In-N-Out IR 2017, what's in and what's out 2017, Investor Relations Trends, IR 2017, what's in and what's out

Holly Jolly Market

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Holiday, Investor Relations

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.

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Investor Relations, Trends, 2016

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

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Holiday, Investor Relations

What's In / What's Out for IR In 2015

By Andrew Blazier, Senior Associate

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 2015.

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Social Media, Investor Relations

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 know! Let them know! Let them know!

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Holiday, Strategic Messaging, Social Media, Investor Relations, Activist Investors

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 be done rather smoothly.

The publicly traded REIT community is indeed tightly knit. And the number of institutions investing in REITs isn’t much larger. When management teams go on roadshows or attend conferences, it’s not uncommon for them to meet the same individuals from the same funds four, five or six times in a year. I compare it to one of those small towns you see in Western films, with the two main characters squaring off to see who will ultimately control the town: “This investor pool isn’t big enough for the two of us.”

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IR Program Planning, Targeting, Investor Relations Agency, Investor Meetings, REIT, IRO, Shareholder Communications, Investor Relations, Investor Relations Firm

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