Broker forecasts of key financial and operating metrics need to be monitored regularly in order for management to advise the Board of Directors of the markets’ expectations of future performance. By systematically tracking sellside forecasts and comparing the results against internal performance expectations the Board and management cn confidently assess whether they are discharging their obligation to keep the equity market fully informed as required under NZX/ ASX continuous disclosure rules. Understanding the mean and spread of analysts’ expectations also provides a vital checkpoint when considering communication on such issues as dividend policy, gearing and capex.