What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which are transferred from our web site and stored on your computer's hard drive. They are widely used in order to make web sites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide general usage information to web site owners. We use cookies for these reasons only and do not use them to collect any personal information about you.

Are any of these cookies necessary?

Yes. Some of the cookies we set are absolutely necessary to the web site. Without them the web site would simply stop functioning. We have listed these as ‘Strictly necessary cookies’. You cannot disable our strictly necessary cookies.

How can I manage other types of cookies?

Not all cookies are strictly necessary.  An explanation of the purpose and benefit of all of the other cookies used on our web site is provided.  If you wish to disable any of these cookies then a link has been provided to allow you to do so.  In some cases, you may need to visit a third-party web site operated by one of our service providers to disable the cookies.

The cookies we use:

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies perform important functions on our web site. Without them we cannot provide you with basic features and normal web site behaviour which you will expect us to. For this reason, you cannot disable these cookies.

  • ASP.NET_SessionId Session cookie - This is a temporary cookie file which is erased when you close your web browser. When you restart your browser and revisit our site, the website will not recognise you.
  • JSESSIONID Session cookie  - This is a temporary cookie file used by the provider of our investor data. When you restart your browser and revisit our site, the website will not recognise you.
  • CookieAcceptance Site cookie - This cookie is set to help us remember that you have seen the cookie message required by law and accepted it.

Functional cookies

These cookies allow our web site to remember choices you make and provide enhanced, more personal features. They may also be used to provide services or functionality you indicate you are interested in through interactions with our web site. These cookies are only used to provide an improved browsing experience and we do not pass information about the choices you make to any third party or other organisation.

  • CMSPreferredCulture Kentico CMS cookie - Records your preferred language and regional settings.

Performance cookies

These cookies collect general information about how visitors use our web site to help us improve our web site for everyone. For instance, we track which pages visitors go to most often and if they get error messages or broken links. These cookies don’t collect personal information that identifies a visitor. All the information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.

  • __utma, __utmb,__utmc, __utmz Google Analytics - Google Analytics is a third-party traffic analysis service that helps us understand how visitors use our web site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

You can opt-out of all Google Analytics cookies by installing a browser add-on provided by Google:

Google cookie opt-out browser add on

  • CurrentContact Kentico CMS cookie - This cookie helps us understand how visitors use our web site.

Targeting or advertising cookies

These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with our permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

We currently use two ShareThis.com cookies to identify users and their sharing behavior:

  • _stid is a random unique identifier not tied to any personally identifiable information (PII)
  • _uset is set to "true" to indicate when a user has been cookied so that we don't repeat the task in the next 8 hours. _stid is used to associated users with topics of interest, based upon the content they consume and share.

You can opt-out of all ShareThis advertising cookies on their web site:

ShareThis.com privacy - cookies opt out

  • datr, lsd, reg_fb_gate, reg_fb_ref, reg_ext_ref, wd, _e_3bXO_0  Facebook - You can find out more about how Facebook uses cookies on their web site
    Facebook cookie use

How to disable all cookies

If you wish to disable any cookie listed above for which we have not provided a specific means of disabling, you can also use your browser settings to disable cookies.  An explanation of how to do this can be found on eHow.com
eHow guide to disabling cookies

Please note: By disabling cookies in your browser, you may render some of the functionality on our web site (and other websites you visit) unusable and the Academy makes no guarantees as to the performance of this website when cookies are disabled.)