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Milken Global Conference

Changing reporting to the long term

The $3.5 billion Carnegie Foundation doesn’t report quarterly numbers and at its board meeting it doesn’t discuss performance at all. Pension funds looking to change behaviours towards a long term investing orientation could take heed from such foundations in how they report to their boards about performance.
FIS Cambridge '19

At a glance: FIS Cambridge day one

The first day of the Fiduciary Investors Symposium at Cambridge University, which brought together more than 70 asset owners from 15 countries, centred around asset owners responsibility to engage with policymakers, the integration of ESG and the sustainable development goals as well as barriers to long term investing.
FIS Cambridge '19

A practical guide to the long-term

Thinking and acting long-term and holding their service providers to account on long-term risk behaviours and measures, is one of asset owners’ most enduring challenges. Speaking at the Fiduciary Investors Symposium at Cambridge University a panel of experts highlighted important tools asset owners can deploy to ensure they stay focused on the long-term.
Organisational Design

Stabilising and destabilising strategies

Phil Edwards CEO of Ricardo Research, a new consulting firm aimed at turning traditional thinking on its head, argues it is time to consider social utility and costs when assessing value add in investment strategies – including the impact products have on stabilising or destabilising market dynamics.
Risk

Managing risk across multiple horizons

Most asset owners have to manage several time frames to be long-term investors but most risk-management tools address only one investment period. A new paper by Focusing Capital on the Long Term attempts to solve this problem by providing a new set of tools.
Governance

Metrics for long term performance

Academics Gordon Clark and Ashby Monk have created 11 metrics that focus on meaningful and useful predictors of long-term performance. It’s a boon for investors struggling with the problem of appropriate measures for investing for the long term, a horizon where traditional benchmarks don’t always fit.
Sustainability

CalSTRS CIO backs long-haul investment

The investment community’s obsession with short-term earnings is detrimental but convincing investors to back the slow, patient money is a tough sell, according to the CIO of one of the largest US pension funds, Chris Ailman, speaking at the annual SASB conference.
Manager Relationships

Brunel outlines owner/manager dynamic

The UK’s £30 billion Brunel Pension Partnership has published an asset management accord. The document is designed to clarify what it expects from its mandates and what they can expect from Brunel. A long-term focus, aspects of communication, and responsible investment and stewardship are among the topics the accord covers.
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