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Getting the shareholders you deserve

By Allen He

27 January 2023 - The 2023 proxy season is shaping up to be one for the ages. With a forecast record number of shareholder proposals, unprepared companies could find themselves under pressure from all sides.

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‘Embrace uncertainty’: This is what I learned at Davos 2023

23 January 2023 - The mood at Davos was one of relief, along with a measure of giddiness about what comes next. Rarely has the group been so split in its investment outlook.

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How to pay executives in the age of stakeholder capitalism

14 December 2022 - Soaring executive pay is prompting resistance from those who believe business should play a role in shaping a fairer, more equitable society.

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Regulatory ‘Band Aids’ won’t cure climate change inaction

By Veena Ramani

22 November 2022 - Regulators would do well to align climate transition plans with long-term strategy, or else companies will continue sidestepping the changes needed to actually move the needle on decarbonization.

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The three Rs of investing: Risk, return, and resilience

20 October 2022 - Many of today’s investors have been drilled in the basics of return and risk – or volatility, the traditional definition of “risk.” We know that there is no return without some risk, and we evaluate how much risk is palatable given our objectives. In years past, these two “Rs” were sufficient to succeed. But today’s investors know that isn’t the case anymore, and a third area is necessary to outperform in the future. The third R is resilience.

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Impact demands complete portfolio redesign

15 September 2022 - Funds need to redesign their portfolio building process from the ground up if they are to understand the combined impact of many thousands of investments, and push them towards greater social and environmental stewardship, experts say.

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What you need to know about the new excise tax on stock buybacks

17 August 2022 - Companies will have to make a small, but new strategic calculation when it comes to returning capital to investors after President Biden signed a new 1% excise tax on stock buybacks as part of the Inflation Reduction Act.

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There is no substitute for due diligence

10 August 2022 - How do you know if a manager is aligned with your long-term goals? FCLTGlobal's Ariel Babcock and Matthew Leatherman have some tips.

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Governance Matters podcast: Getting directors on board to tackle climate crisis

3 August 2022 - This episode of the Governance Matters podcast looks at changing board attitudes toward climate change and what investors are looking for from directors in terms of climate-related skills and knowledge.

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What long-term looks like: Tips for structuring mandates

2 August 2022 - The third edition of FCLTGlobal’s report, Institutional Investment Mandates: Anchors for Long-Term Performance provides a toolkit for mandate processes and behaviours to reorient towards the long term, including a rethink of KPIs that asset owners can use to evaluate their managers. The report demonstrates these concepts in reality by giving examples of asset owners and managers using them to good effect in practice.

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Mandates model from FCLTGlobal helps investors address long/short-term conflict

27 July 2022 - FCLTGlobal’s latest report provides a starting point for mandate negotiations that emphasise long-term provisions, rather than short-term incentives which it said are common in today’s investment contracts.

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The Contract Provisions Allocators Can Use to Keep Their Managers Focused on the Long Term

20 July 2022 - FCLTGlobal suggests incorporating loyalty fee discounts, making changes to performance reporting, and integrating net-zero commitments. FCLTGlobal, a nonprofit that promotes long-term investing, has provided new guidance to help asset owners and managers make longtermism a more concrete part of their investment relationships — by putting it in their contracts.

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