Dos and don'ts at the annual shareholders' meeting

Singapore's central business district seen in a photo taken on April 16, 2017.
Singapore's central business district seen in a photo taken on April 16, 2017.PHOTO: ST FILE

Investors are in the thick of AGM season, that time of the year when listed companies host their annual general meetings and shareholders get a chance to quiz bosses on their vision and strategy. How valuable an AGM is very much depends on what questions shareholders pose to the board, so The Sunday Times asked some corporate veterans to share their tips on how to engage directors and management in more meaningful discussions.

Sometimes the most frustrating answer a shareholder can get is no answer at all.

The refrain: "We are not at liberty to provide any more information other than what has been announced" - and other variations on this theme can get quite vexing, especially when used in response to seemingly innocuous queries.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 22, 2018, with the headline 'Dos and don'ts at the annual shareholders' meeting'. Print Edition | Subscribe