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The asset manager of tomorrow
This paper follows on from 2017's The asset owner of tomorrow. The key messages are that successful asset managers will: 1. not dodge industry realities; 2. evolve their cultural edge; 3. embrace the power of people-plus-technology; 4. segment their client base more smartly; 5. embed sustainability and 6. build alignment through values and beliefs.

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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 2019 events, including agendas, pre-reading, slides, summaries and all other supporting documents.

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Purpose and value creation in the investment industry webinar

We hosted a webinar on 9 May 2019 which looked at purpose and value creation in the investment industry. Marisa Hall hosted a panel discussion and tried to answer some key questions. 

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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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The Global Pension Assets Survey 2018

The Global Pension Assets Study covers 22 major pension markets (the P22), which now totals USD 40,173 billion in pension assets and account for 60% of the GDP of these economies. The study includes an analysis of the seven largest markets (the P7) which includes Australia, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and US and comprises 91% of total pension assets.
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Proposing a stronger DC purpose

Across the world, defined contribution has emerged as the dominant form of institutional retirement funding. And yet, with a few exceptions, DC plans offer a sub-optimal value proposition to their members. This is mainly because DC plans are trying to solve the wrong problem – maximising accumulated savings at the point of retirement. In this paper, we argue strongly that the purpose of DC is to support post-work consumption.

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Thinking Ahead Institute research

Over the year, the Thinking Ahead Institute has produced many research papers, topics including asset industries of tomorrow, culture, decision making, defined contribution, value creation, sustainability and many others  Each topic also has a dedicated working group or project. Please click here to view the full list. 

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Framing the big issues in sustainability webinar

Roger Urwin, global head of investment content at Willis Towers Watson discussed the above with panellists Lucy Thomas, Head of Investment Stewardship – NSW Treasury Corporation (TCorp) and Leon Kamhi, Executive Director: Head of Responsibility - Hermes Asset Management .

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