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Opinion

Improve human capital disclosure

When investors know how companies strategically manage and organise people, they can make better decisions. In the ongoing digital disruption, investors need such information more than ever.
Opinion

Big owners should act like big owners

One of the key ways that institutional investors can promote a long-term orientation in the companies they invest, is by rejecting a company’s compensation plan if it puts too much emphasis on short-term results, says Bob Pozen, visiting senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Writing in the Financial Analysts Journal, he says […]
News

The power of engagement

It is called the “CalPERS’ Effect” but it could easily be called the asset owner effect, or the institutional investor effect, or the power of engagement effect. Wilshire, which is a consultant to the $300 billion Californian fund CalPERS, has provided an update on its study measuring the effect of engagement on a targeted list […]
Analysis

Addressing shortcomings in current corporate reporting

Investors don’t have access to all the information they need today. Raj Thamotheram, Mark Van Clieaf and Alan Willis ask: why aren’t investors (and their clients) demanding it? Without relevant, timely and reliable information, investors are unable to make informed long-term investment decisions. The efficiency of capital markets in allocating invested funds – the only real value of […]
In Conversation

Home bias in corporate engagement revealed

Investors should take care in selecting corporate engagement firms to ensure the engagement reflects their portfolio holdings, warn academics at Oxford and Maastricht Universities following a new study which reveals a home bias in such activity. As the investment portfolios of large institutional investors become increasingly global, it is particularly important that they carefully select […]
Hermes Fund Managers

Hermes Responsible Ownership Principles

Hermes Ownership Principles address a simple question: What should owners expect of listed companies and what should these companies expect from their owners? The expectations set out in this document are derived from Hermes extensive experience as an active and engaged shareholder. This experience suggests that there are a number of reasons companies fail in […]
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