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A Blueprint for Better Banking: Svenska Handelsbanken and a proven model for more stable and profitable banking by Niels Kroner

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8: Capital Markets Communication

Handelsbanken have an unusual style in communicating with investors and the analyst community.

No safety in numbers

The most apparent difference from other banks is that executives put enormous emphasis on not giving any guidance. Most banks give investors explicit targets they are committed to reach in the future, or at least indicate what management expect to achieve. Handelsbanken’s executives sometimes sound as though they would rather have their tongue cut out than make a forward-looking statement. [52] The reason is not so much what the bank often says it is, viz. that they do not have a crystal ball for future economic development. Even if this is granted, it should still be possible within reasonable ...

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