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Seeking nominations for the top experts in financial public relations

Seeking nominations for the top experts in financial public relations



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  • Corporations are feeling the squeeze as the economy suffers under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic, meaning every piece of financial information released is an essential form of communication.
  • Business Insider is planning to publish a list of the financial public relations experts with a track record of success working on high-profile assignments.
  • We want to hear which PR firms and their top financial PR executives brands are scrambling to hire to support them through the coronavirus and other financial crises.
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The coronavirus pandemic has squeezed revenue streams at corporations, pressuring companies to inform investors, customers, suppliers, and the public how they’re responding to the crisis.

The outbreak has ramped up shareholder activism as investors scrutinize companies’ leadership teams, unravelled mergers and acquisition plans, and delayed IPOs.

This combination of factors makes every piece of financial information released by a company an essential form of communication that requires a seasoned financial public relations hand.

Business Insider is planning to publish a list for the top financial PR pros who are helping corporations spin their financial story, and we’re looking for your nominations here.

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We want to hear which PR firms and their top financial PR executives a brand hires to support them through the coronavirus crisis.

This list will be based on nominations, publicly available information, and our own original reporting. The financial PR pros who are included on this list will have prominent clients, high-profile assignments, and a history of results.

For reference, here are some other examples of similar lists, like the

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Here’s what Florida insurance experts say about the current cost crisis

Here’s what Florida insurance experts say about the current cost crisis

As home insurance prices are poised to increase sharply, the South Florida Sun Sentinel asked leading insurance experts to provide their views of the disintegrating state of the market. Here’s what they had to say. Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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Locke Burt, president and CEO, Security First Insurance Co.

Insurance cost drivers are well known and have been reported before — bad weather, increased reinsurance costs, shady contractors, aggressive plaintiffs bar with a favorable legal environment, water losses, fraud. What’s different is the trends seem to be accelerating and the Legislature has not done anything meaningful to change the trajectory of increased costs which, under Florida law, must be passed on to consumers in the required annual rate filings.

The private sector is shrinking and raising rates as fast as they can because the losses are not sustainable and the providers of additional investment capital simply do not believe that the situation in Florida is going to improve for several years. That’s why the public companies are selling for 50 cents on the dollar.

This situation won’t change until legislators hear from their constituents and decide to do something, the weather improves, or the lawyers disappear.

Travis Miller, insurance regulatory attorney, Radey Law

In Florida, we face unique but foreseeable challenges due to our substantial coastal exposures and the corresponding hurricane risk. Insurers anticipate these challenges and typically are well prepared to meet them. However, these challenges have been compounded in recent years by other issues that are not meteorological but instead are behavioral. Simply put, loss experience in Florida has deteriorated to a point historically unseen in this state and significantly worse than in other states following similar events.

The conditions in the current market just reflect how these concerns manifest over time if

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Hong Kong will stay a key financial hub say experts

Hong Kong will stay a key financial hub say experts

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Hong Kong’s status as a key Asian financial hub will remain intact according to business experts.

Speaking to the BBC they said new security laws and protests are unlikely to scare off investors to other countries.

Supporting this, Hong Kong’s stock exchange raised $11bn from 59 new listings in the first half of 2020.

And the blockbuster debut of Ant Group is likely to see that number grow considerably later this month.

The Chinese financial technology group could raise more than $30bn (£23bn), more than any other stock market debut this year.

Numbers like this make Hong Kong irresistible for many investors, according to Tara Joseph from the American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong.

“The flow of money that comes in and out of Hong Kong on a daily basis, that goes into mainland China and comes out, is very hard to replicate,” she told the BBC’s Asia Business Report.

Critics have previously raised the possibility that security legislation and the ongoing trade war with China will push businesses and investors to look elsewhere.

But the sheer ability to raise money outweighs many other factors, according to Drew Bernstein, co-chairman of Marcum, Bernstein and Pinchuk, an accountancy firm.

“These companies are basically going to do whatever they have to do to have access to capital,” he said.

Asian contenders

A recent survey by the chamber found that nearly 40% of US companies were considering moving capital, assets or operations out of the city due to concerns about the new security laws.

Other Asia Pacific centres are trying to burnish their credentials as financial centres.

On Monday Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told financial news outlet Nikkei that his government will consider lowering tax rates and promoting diversity

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