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MISSION:INTANGIBLE, the blog of the Intangible Asset Finance Society, offers critical comments on intangible asset, corporate reputation, and finance; supplemented by quantitative reputation metrics. Intangible assets include business processes, patents, trademarks; reputations for ethics and integrity; quality, safety, sustainability, security, and resilience; and comprise 70% of the average company's value. MISSION:INTANGIBLE is a registered trademark of the Intangible Asset Finance Society.

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Repustars 2017 September 15

C. HUYGENS - Sunday, September 17, 2017

Weekly Reputation Index Metrics


At the close of trading September 15, 2017, REPUSPX, REPUVART, and REPUVAR stood at 5684.86, 4449.01 and 3510.12 respectively. Over the past four weeks, the three have changed by 3.79%, 4.93%, and 4.77%. The benchmark S&P500 Composite Index stood at 2177.75 (31 Dec 2001=1000) and has changed over the past four weeks by 3.08%. The current calendar year spread between REPUVAR and the S&P500 is 2.33%.

Over the trailing twelve months, REPUVART and REPUVAR have, respectively, changed by 18.00% and 16.41% respectively; the S&P500 Composite Index has changed by 16.44%. The trailing 12-month spread between REPUVAR and the S&P500 is -0.03%.

Over the trailing 36 months, the REPUVART and REPUVAR have changed by 17.75% and 12.36% respectively; the S&P 500 Composite Index has changed by 25.08%.

The trailing 12-month, and trailing 36-month returns for REPUSPX are 23.54%, and 25.08% respectively. The trailing 12-month spread between REPUSPX and the S&P500 is 7.10%.

The spreads between the S&P500-only index informed by reputation metrics, REPUSPX, and the broad market index informed by reputation metrics, REPUVAR, for the calendar year and for the trailing twelve months respectively are -2.01% and -7.12%.

Side Note: A description of the portfolio constituents and historical returns data from December 31, 2001 can be obtained on request from Technology Option Capital, its manager. Click Here.

Background

The RepuStars® Variety Corporate Reputation Index calculated by S&P/Dow Jones Indexes is the first-ever composite equity index based on a quantitative value strategy informed by the Steel City Re Reputational Value Metrics. The metrics comprise non-financial indicators of reputational value (RVM) and ranking (CRR).
The RepuStars Variety Corporate Reputation Index has two versions: a total returns index and a price index, whose ticker symbols are, respectively, REPUVART and REPUVAR.  Click on the ticker names for real time quotes.

The RepuStars Variety Corporate Reputation Index tracks up to 57 company stocks that appear to be underpriced relative to  Steel City Re’s proprietary Reputational Value Metrics™, which track 7400 companies weekly. The principles behind measuring reputational value are described in the book, Reputation, Stock Price, and You: Why the market rewards some companies and punishes others (2012, Apress).

The RepuStars indices are reconstituted annually in the first week of January and posted by S&P/Dow Jones Indexes in the third week. The Indices were last reconstituted at the close of the markets 23 January 2017.

REPUSPX  is a pocket index with portfolio constituents being selected algorithmically by the same criteria as the constituents for REPUVAR and REPUVART, except that the field of eligible companies is limited to constituents of the S&P500 composite equity index. Click here for an analysis of periodic returns.

The design of the portfolio is governed by principles of behavioral economics, market signaling, and the implicit timing arbitrage between the behaviors of equity stakeholder and all other stakeholders.

Reputation, Risk and Finance

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Notices

S&P Dow Jones Indices is a registered trademark of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a part of McGraw Hill Financial; RepuStars and Steel City Re” are registered trademarks of C. Huygens & Co. LLC. The method underpinning the RepuStars Variety indexes is subject to a pending patent assigned to C. Huygens & Co. LLC. S&P McGraw Hill Financial and its affiliate (S&P Dow Jones Indices) makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the ability of any index to accurately represent the asset class or market sector that it purports to represent and McGraw Hill Financial shall have no liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of any index or the data included therein. Past performance of an index is not an indication of future results. All information provided by S&P Dow Jones Indices is general in nature and not tailored to the needs of any person, entity or group of persons. S&P Dow Jones Indices receives compensation in connection with licensing its indices to third parties. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Exposure to an asset class represented by an index is available through investable instruments offered by third parties that are based on that index. S&P Dow Jones Indices does not sponsor, endorse, sell, promote or manage any investment fund or other investment vehicle that seeks to provide an investment return based on the performance of any Index. Investment products based on the RepuStars Variety Corporate Reputation Indexes are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Technology Option Capital, LLC, C. Huygens & Co, LLC, Steel City Re, LLC, or their respective affiliates and none of Technology Option Capital, LLC, C. Huygens & Co, LLC, Steel City Re, LLC and their respective affiliates make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such products. Inclusion of a company in any of the indexes in this piece does not in any way reflect an opinion of Technology Option Capital, LLC, C. Huygens & Co, LLC, Steel City Re, LLC or any of their respective affiliates on the investment merits of such company. None of Technology Option Capital, LLC, C. Huygens & Co, LLC, Steel City Re, LLC or any of their respective affiliates is providing investment advice in connection with these indexes.

Artful Dodger When Reputation in the Cross Hairs

C. HUYGENS - Thursday, September 14, 2017
Even when dutiful, loyal and competent, the personal #reputations of senior executives and board members stand in the crosshairs.

“CEOs need new tools like reputation assurance products to provide third party warranties and demonstrate good governance in a way that creates an easy to understand, and completely credible alternative narrative when stakeholder dissatisfaction rears its head.”

Read more in Industry Week.

Peak Bloodlust: Now it's McKinsey

C. HUYGENS - Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Activists target McKinsey over South African ethics issues. The scandal surrounding the country’s controversial Gupta business family that destroyed UK PR firm Bell Pottinger and is brushing against KPMG continues to spread to international firms.:

“Corruption Watch, a non-government organisation in South Africa, said it plans to approach anti-bribery prosecutors at the US Department of Justice within the next two weeks to ask them to investigate McKinsey’s work with Gupta-linked entities.”

Read more in Financial Times.

Smelling Blood, Activists Target Another Professional Services Firm

C. HUYGENS - Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Activists target KPMG over South African ethics issues. Response:

“We’re determined to rebuild the public’s trust in KPMG’s South African firm, and will stand behind the firm and will work with it for as long as it takes…”

Read more in Financial Times.

Fund Reputation For Sexual Harassment A Liability

C. HUYGENS - Monday, September 11, 2017
Investors seek to avoid funds whose GP’s sexually harass prospect & portfolio company executives.

"The Institutional Limited Partners Association is aiming to help investors avoid funds where this has taken place, with improved detection of any past harassment incidents during the due diligence process."

Read more in Financial Times.

Repustars 2017 September 8

C. HUYGENS - Sunday, September 10, 2017

Weekly Reputation Index Metrics


At the close of trading September 8, 2017, REPUSPX, REPUVART, and REPUVAR stood at 5511.01, 4399.39 and 3471.83 respectively. Over the past four weeks, the three have changed by 0.71%, 2.71%, and 2.50%. The benchmark S&P500 Composite Index stood at 2143.95 (31 Dec 2001=1000) and has changed over the past four weeks by 0.82%. The current calendar year spread between REPUVAR and the S&P500 is 2.81%.

Over the trailing twelve months, REPUVART and REPUVAR have, respectively, changed by 13.47% and 11.96% respectively; the S&P500 Composite Index has changed by 12.84%. The trailing 12-month spread between REPUVAR and the S&P500 is -0.88%.

Over the trailing 36 months, the REPUVART and REPUVAR have changed by 15.05% and 9.78% respectively; the S&P 500 Composite Index has changed by 23.79%.

The trailing 12-month, and trailing 36-month returns for REPUSPX are 17.43%, and 23.79% respectively. The trailing 12-month spread between REPUSPX and the S&P500 is 4.58%.

The spreads between the S&P500-only index informed by reputation metrics, REPUSPX, and the broad market index informed by reputation metrics, REPUVAR, for the calendar year and for the trailing twelve months respectively are 0.26% and -5.47%.

Side Note: A description of the portfolio constituents and historical returns data from December 31, 2001 can be obtained on request from Technology Option Capital, its manager. Click Here.

Background

The RepuStars® Variety Corporate Reputation Index calculated by S&P/Dow Jones Indexes is the first-ever composite equity index based on a quantitative value strategy informed by the Steel City Re Reputational Value Metrics. The metrics comprise non-financial indicators of reputational value (RVM) and ranking (CRR).
The RepuStars Variety Corporate Reputation Index has two versions: a total returns index and a price index, whose ticker symbols are, respectively, REPUVART and REPUVAR.  Click on the ticker names for real time quotes.

The RepuStars Variety Corporate Reputation Index tracks up to 57 company stocks that appear to be underpriced relative to  Steel City Re’s proprietary Reputational Value Metrics™, which track 7400 companies weekly. The principles behind measuring reputational value are described in the book, Reputation, Stock Price, and You: Why the market rewards some companies and punishes others (2012, Apress).

The RepuStars indices are reconstituted annually in the first week of January and posted by S&P/Dow Jones Indexes in the third week. The Indices were last reconstituted at the close of the markets 23 January 2017.

REPUSPX  is a pocket index with portfolio constituents being selected algorithmically by the same criteria as the constituents for REPUVAR and REPUVART, except that the field of eligible companies is limited to constituents of the S&P500 composite equity index. Click here for an analysis of periodic returns.

The design of the portfolio is governed by principles of behavioral economics, market signaling, and the implicit timing arbitrage between the behaviors of equity stakeholder and all other stakeholders.

Reputation, Risk and Finance

Join our community on Linked-In and stay in the information flow and/or follow Twitter missives at #ReputationRisk.

Notices

S&P Dow Jones Indices is a registered trademark of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a part of McGraw Hill Financial; RepuStars and Steel City Re” are registered trademarks of C. Huygens & Co. LLC. The method underpinning the RepuStars Variety indexes is subject to a pending patent assigned to C. Huygens & Co. LLC. S&P McGraw Hill Financial and its affiliate (S&P Dow Jones Indices) makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the ability of any index to accurately represent the asset class or market sector that it purports to represent and McGraw Hill Financial shall have no liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of any index or the data included therein. Past performance of an index is not an indication of future results. All information provided by S&P Dow Jones Indices is general in nature and not tailored to the needs of any person, entity or group of persons. S&P Dow Jones Indices receives compensation in connection with licensing its indices to third parties. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Exposure to an asset class represented by an index is available through investable instruments offered by third parties that are based on that index. S&P Dow Jones Indices does not sponsor, endorse, sell, promote or manage any investment fund or other investment vehicle that seeks to provide an investment return based on the performance of any Index. Investment products based on the RepuStars Variety Corporate Reputation Indexes are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Technology Option Capital, LLC, C. Huygens & Co, LLC, Steel City Re, LLC, or their respective affiliates and none of Technology Option Capital, LLC, C. Huygens & Co, LLC, Steel City Re, LLC and their respective affiliates make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such products. Inclusion of a company in any of the indexes in this piece does not in any way reflect an opinion of Technology Option Capital, LLC, C. Huygens & Co, LLC, Steel City Re, LLC or any of their respective affiliates on the investment merits of such company. None of Technology Option Capital, LLC, C. Huygens & Co, LLC, Steel City Re, LLC or any of their respective affiliates is providing investment advice in connection with these indexes.

Unrealistic Expectations Create Risk of Earnings Torpedo

C. HUYGENS - Saturday, September 09, 2017
A reminder of the value of corporate governance and prompt candid disclosure of bad news especially when expectations are unrealistic.

“…the longer a company takes to come clean, the bigger and more damaging the ‘earnings torpedo’ that hits its share price and its reputation once the true numbers come out.”

Read more in Financial Times.

Ethics Scandal Wipes Out Another Professional Services Firm

C. HUYGENS - Friday, September 08, 2017
PR agency Bell Pottinger loses fight to retain clients and salvage its reputation; ethics scandal sends UK arm into administration.

“In a damning report, the Public Relations and Communications Association concluded that its messaging for the Guptas targeted wealthy white individuals and corporates in South Africa and was likely to inflame racial tensions. Since Monday, a host of big name clients and companies have sought to distance themselves from Bell Pottinger with HSBC, TalkTalk and Ascential joining luxury brands group Richemont and Investec in publicly abandoning the firm.”

Read more in Financial Times.

Commander in Chief Reputation Impairment

C. HUYGENS - Thursday, September 07, 2017
Reputation drives  both hope and fear. That is why reputational value impairment can manifest as either dashed hopes or fearlessness.

Microsoft's Smith says in the beginning of 2017, business leaders looked around and wondered how they would navigate this new unpredictable environment. They feared being attacked by the commander in chief on social media. Now, Smith says, "I don't think people get up in the morning worrying about tweets. We have much bigger problems to worry about than that."

Read more in NPR.

Plaintiffs Pursue Asymmetric Strategies Targeting Reputation

C. HUYGENS - Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Reputation is an existential asset in financial services; plaintiffs have asymmetrically leveraged reputation risk against money managers.

“Large, and in most cases, household name money managers face a unique reputation risk when their 401(k) plans are sued for offering their own investments, says Brian Netter, co-chair of the ERISA litigation practice at Mayer Brown.”

Read more in Benefits Pro.

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