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There’s No Good Alternative to Investing in R&D

19 April 2018 - Sarah Williamson is the CEO of FCLTGlobal (formerly Focusing Capital on the Long Term), an organization cofounded in 2016 by BlackRock, CPPIB, Dow Chemical, McKinsey, and Tata Sons to encourage a longer-term focus in business...

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Capital Do-Tank Looks to Extend Investment Horizons…

18 March 2018 - Sarah Williamson, head of the Focusing Capital on the Long Term (FCLT), said the not-for-profit organisation was developing “some sort of scorecard” that would show whether the world was shifting its gaze beyond the short...

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Business Leaders Eye Steps Toward Long-Termism

7 March 2018 - More than 150 corporate, investment and regulatory leaders last week issued a call to action intended to help the markets take a less short-term perspective. The gathering in New York, which included BlackRock CEO Larry Fink,...

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The New Normal: Transforming Quarterly Earnings Calls

22 February 2018 - The call itself followed the standard format of these highly scripted events. Vincent A. Forlenza, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, started the call by presenting an executive overview, which included an affirmation of the company’s...

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CPPIB Focuses Managers on Long-Term

14 February 2018 - But CPPIB still has about 10 per cent of its assets handled by external managers in public market exposures. This style of investment management is not typically associated with the long term, so how the...

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Mandate for Long-Term Change: Why Institutional Rules of Engagement Need a Rewrite

10 December 2017 - The Focusing Capital on the Long Term (FCLT) Global report released last week says the mandate rewrite would update a range of standard terms and conditions including fees, benchmarks and reporting to better align the...

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Asset Management Roundup: Link Fee Discounts to Long-Term Mandates

7 December 2017 - In a new report, FCLT Global, which advocates a long-term investment approach by pension funds and asset managers, provided 10 recommendations for setting up long-term investment mandates. The recommendations included replacing directly terminable contracts with five-year...

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Aligning Investor, Asset Manager Interests in the Pursuit of Long-Term Investment Success

6 December 2017 - The not-for-profit organization’s stated goal is to encourage investors, such as pension plans, to look at allocations through a longer-term lens. It brought together working groups of global institutional investors and asset managers to discuss...

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A Guide to Long-Term Mandates

5 December 2017 - The FCLT paper, Institutional Investment Mandates: Anchors for Long Term Performance, includes a top-10 list of recommendations for long-term mandates that covers fees, benchmarks, the term of the contract and performance reporting. It gives investors...

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Beating Analysts’ Expectations or Simply Cooking the Books?

16 November 2017 - Earnings move markets. Last month, the Nasdaq enjoyed its biggest one-day gain in a year following blowout earnings from technology giants Amazon, Google and Microsoft. However, while earnings can highlight underlying economic trends, they can...

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