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Announcement: New Blog

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Just a quick announcement that I am now continueing this blog at another address:

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06:50 PM - 13 March 2012

Global Reporting Initiative

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For the past 10 years many companies have started reporting on the impact of their company on the world. Many companies have also started producing separate annual Corporate Social Responsibilty or Sustainability reports. This type of report covers information about economic, environmental, social and governance performance.

A Non-Governmental Organization was formed in 1997 and is now called the Global Reporting Initiative. This organization has a specific website where issues relating to corporate sustainability are posted and guidelines are issued. These guidelines are now widely used as a reporting framework for performance on human rights, labor, environmental, anti-corruption, and other corporate citizenship issues. In 2006 the third generation of guidelines were issued: GRI3. Work is already underway on vesion 4 of the guidelines.

The GRI website in 2011 offered an excel file with annual lists of the companies which reported on sustainability. Each company that reports using the GRI guidelines gets issued a GRI Code. The GRI codes for the companies are included in the lists. The excel file can be downloaded here. The GRI website also offers a database on these types of reports from over 3000 companies worldwide:

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09:21 PM - 20 December 2011

WorldScope company coverage update

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WorldScope company records now cover annual reports data for 71413 companies. This includes 45872 active and 25541 inactive companies. This update: 498 companies were added. WorldScope company records are available through Datastream and LexisNexis.
I have updated the WorldScope country coverage file and it now includes the latest update as it was posted in the fourth Thomson Reuters Infostream quarterly publication of 2011. Several new countries are now added and a lot of new companies are now covered.

New Country (Number of company records):
Bangladesh (16)
Cambodia (1)
Guernsey (19)
Jersey (9)
Niger (1)
Senegal (1).

Major updated Countries:
Australia (41)
Canada (54)
China (85)
South Korea (29)
Taiwan (21)
United States (74)

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11:57 PM - 8 December 2011

Weighting change & AEX Composition

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The AEX index is the index of the Amsterdam EuroNext exchange. The index was formed on 3 January in 1983 and consisted of 13 stocks. Starting on 3 January 1985 the index started using a weighting factor: "As of this date the value of the Amsterdam Exchanges-index (AEX) is calculated by multiplying the price of each stock by its weighting factor. These amounts are then cumulated and divided by one hundred". Since that time the composition and weighting of the AEX index has changed many times.

The last major change has taken place on 20 September 2010 and is called "Rule Change NEIA 2010-122". Essentially thie means the end of the use of a fixed weighting divisor for each stock and the introduction of a Quarterly review cycle. The value of the AEX index is now based on free-float adjusted market capitalisation. The free-float is rounded up to the next multiple of 5%. If a major change in (stocks in) the index now takes place and it affects the weighting divisor a new divisor will be announced.
NB: For the Midkap index (AMX) and the Smallcap index (AScX) this type of rule change has also taken place.

The last composition of the AEX index before the rule change was on 1 June 2010. The weighting factor for Kon. BAM Groep (BAM) was raised to 17.50 as a result of a rights issue.

The First composition and weighting of the AEX according to the new rules is:

Since then the weighting and composition have changed again several times. The value of the AEX index changes each day during the opening hours of the stock exchange. The value is calculated every 15 seconds. An example of this can be downloaded here as an Excel sheet. You can also find more information on the EuroNext website and the Behr website.

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10:26 AM - 18 August 2011

Companies & Funds in Canada and SEDAR

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SEDAR is the abbreviation of: System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval. Sedar was started in 1997 by CDS Inc and offers (public) company regulatory filings to securities commissions across Canada. More information on the background is available through the SEDAR website.

On the website you can find an overview of the filing types, subtypes and document types. A copy can also be downloaded here. The available documents include financial and annual reports. SEDAR allows you to quickly search in two sections:
- Public Company Documents
- Investment Funds Documents

In addition it is also possible to browse through alphabetic sections with links to Company profiles or Fund profiles. From these profiles you can click through to all related filings:

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01:02 AM - 9 August 2011

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- Global Reporting Initiative
- WorldScope company coverage update
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