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To have an impact on diversity, count on culture

The world is pushing for social change, with calls to alleviate social injustice and racial inequality growing louder around the globe. Businesses have as much responsibility for diversity and inclusion as individuals.

Panic is the enemy

COVID-19 is leading to unprecedented economic destruction across the world. While the human and financial cost will be enormous, dislocation also presents opportunities. Investors will need patience and a long-term horizon to benefit.

On board with a long-term view

A case study on shifting the performance evaluation mindset. This paper reflects the work done with MFS' mutual funds board and the process it took to push the business forward and think differently.

Emphasise the essentials of long-term investing

Developing and overseeing a retirement-spending strategy can be a complex undertaking. As both life expectancies and the number of retirees who will need to rely on their superannuation portfolios increase, so too will the challenges facing retirees.

Market performance has changed since late 2018, but have the facts?

Hope is not an investment thesis.Investor pain in the final quarter of 2018 has seemingly faded from memory, based on the rerisking across global equity and credit markets in the first two months of 2019.

2019 and a shifting emphasis from return to risk

  • 20 December 2018

While the short term remains difficult to forecast, fundamentals drive cash flows and cash flows drive asset prices, and these fundamentals are units, price, margin and earnings.

Ethical considerations in the technology sector

  • 4 October 2018

Technology has improved our standard of living, but the rapid pace of development has created ethical dilemmas for companies, impacted many users and overwhelmed regulatory bodies.

The companies that will benefit from urbanisation

  • 11 July 2018

For the first time in human history there are more people (55%) living in urban areas than in rural areas, placing tremendous stress on resources, infrastructure and the human psyche.

Time to align investment horizons

  • 9 March 2018

A misalignment between investors and their asset managers could be causing them to forfeit the full value of active management.

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Grantham interview on the coming day of reckoning

Jeremy Grantham has seen it all before, with bubbles every 15 years or so. The higher you go, the longer and greater the fall. You can have a high-priced asset or a high-yielding asset, but not both at the same time.

Whoyagonnacall? 10 unspoken risks buying off-the-plan

All new apartment buildings have defects, and inexperienced owners assume someone else will fix them. But developers and builders will not volunteer to spend time and money unless someone fights them. Part 1

Buffett says stock picking is too hard for most investors

Warren Buffett explained why he believes most investors should not pick stocks but simply own an S&P 500 index fund. "There's a lot more to picking stocks than figuring out what’s going to be a wonderful industry."

Should investors brace for uncomfortably high inflation?

The global recession came quickly and deeply but it has given way to a strong rebound. What are the lessons for investors, how should a portfolio change and what role will inflation play?

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