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The Westwicke Blog is designed to deliver information and insights into the ever-changing world of healthcare communications.

Commonly Asked Questions About Quiet Periods

Posted on June 6th, 2014. Posted by

Public healthcare companies often question the best course of action during quiet periods — those stretches of time during which they should limit their interaction with Wall Street due to their knowledge of material and timely information that has not yet been disclosed. Specifically, management teams struggle to figure out what the quiet period means for their investor relations (IR). Should they bring to a halt all communications with the investment community or have limited interaction? Should they answer only fact-based (or historical) questions or avoid inquiries altogether?

While the formal quiet period regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) comes with clear guidelines and regulations, informal quiet periods are far less defined, and variation exists in how much (or little) a company communicates with investors and analysts.

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