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Are graphics really good?

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Jan 08, 2017

On January 8, 2018, Cooley Pubco, the blog of law firm Cooley LLP, published an article on how the inclusion of graphics in lieu of copious text has been almost de rigueur in proxy statements for several years, as a way to facilitate comprehension of sometimes complex data. However, some forms of visual presentation may be a lot more useful than others.

In an article on CFO.com, featuring some graphics does make sense because research has shown that people process visual information faster than verbal information.

Graphics can have an impact on the information perceived, such that where a report includes both text and graphics, the audience is likely to lend greater weight to the graphical information. On the other hand, sometimes graphics may not convey information clearly or efficiently.

Review the full article on Cooley Pubco's website.

Also, refer to our Annual Review Guide for guidance on financial reporting disclosures.

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