How Conference Calls Can Help Investors Read the Tea Leaves

    by John Deysher

    One of the primary benefits of Regulation FD (Fair Disclosure), which took effect two years ago, is better dissemination of corporate news. Information that was previously available only to institutional investors is now available to individual investors.

    Many public companies have indeed leveled the playing field through:

    • Fuller and more transparent disclosure in company reports, proxies and SEC filings;
    • Enhanced Web site presentations with links to important affiliated sites; and
    • Making conference calls with management available to individual investors.
    While most investors are familiar with the first two, many are unaware that they can now obtain information first-hand on conference calls, just like institutional investors.

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