Research agenda 2020 

Research agenda - 2020

The Thinking Ahead Institute has outlined our proposed focus for the upcoming year. 


2020 events 

Events agenda 2020

We have an exciting range of events lined up for this year on various topics from our 2020 research agenda. We have events for both members and non-members, but be sure to register early here to secure your place. 

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Podcast: Culture in investment organisations

Roger Urwin and Marisa Hall ask the key questions about a strong culture; what is it, can it be measured, and what actions can organisations take?

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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 please see our 2020 research agenda, download our brochure, subscribe to our Grapevine newsletter, or read an overview.

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Global Pension Assets Study - 2020

A study of the 22 major pension markets (the P22), including an analysis of the seven largest markets (the P7).

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Featured research

DC engagement tree

DC: the engagement tree

The final paper in our defined contribution series, we look at how effective member engagement can create a stronger DC system.

Global peer study 

The power of culture  

The power of culture 

Following more in-depth research into effective culture in investment organisations we are now launching a global peer study of asset managers and asset owners keen to understand their own cultural signature and leadership footprints, where they sit on a spectrum and how they could sharpen their edge. In addition to developing their own better cultural outcomes, participants will be signing up to support more wide-spread positive cultural change.

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Tim Hodgson - Spectator or participant?

Our Thinking Ahead Breakfast Seminar covered topics such as climate change, sustainable investing, total portfolio approach and value creation in the investment industry. 

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