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When John Stuart Mill said “One person with a belief is equal to ninety-nine who have only interests” he contrasted the power of those with an active conviction on an issue to those that give the issue more passive attention. In essence, beliefs can be used to bring greater rigour to thinking and problem solving. The Thinking Ahead Institute's long-horizon working group discussed this belief and based on working group discussions and further research proposed nine core long-horizon investing beliefs for investors to consider and adapt. This research paper looks at each belief in detail and how the investment community can adopt them in practice.


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Thinking Ahead Institute events

The Thinking Ahead Institute holds events throughout the year on various topics. See here for information on 2017 events, including agendas, pre-reading, slides, summaries and all other supporting documents.

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A Cognitive Take On Diversity

Tim Hodgson discusses his recent article ‘A cognitive take on diversity’ published in the Spring 2017 edition of The Journal of the CFA Society.

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About the Thinking Ahead Institute

The Thinking Ahead Institute is a global not-for-profit group whose aim is to influence change in the investment world for the better by improving the provision of savings. The Institute’s members comprise asset owners, investment managers and other groups that are motivated to influence the industry for the good of savers worldwide. It has over 40 members with combined responsibility for over US$12 trillion and is an outgrowth of Willis Towers Watson Investments’ Thinking Ahead Group.
For further information about the Institute please download our brochure or read an overview.

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Global Pensions Assets Study 

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Global Pension Assets Study 2017

The Global Pension Assets Study covers 22 major pension markets (the P22), which now totals USD 41,355 billion in pension assets and account for 67.0% of the GDP of these economies 

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Sustainability beliefs: a new measurement tool

This paper was written to help asset owners develop fully-rounded beliefs on sustainability. It includes a survey to test the strength of these beliefs and, crucially, to benchmark the strength of their beliefs against peers to see if and where they can create an investment edge.


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Thinking Ahead Institute research

Based on your input, we have developed our 2018 research agenda, focusing on defined contribution, value creation, benchmarking and monitoring, decision making and VUCA. Each topic also has a dedicated working group or project.

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Jaco Van Der Walt Discusses Best Practices in Investment

Jaco van der Walt, from Firstrand, at the Thinking Ahead Institute's recent roundtable in Sydney, discusses global best practices in investment.

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