As institutional investors cope with low interest rates and many pension funds face insurmountable funding gaps, moving beyond innovations that remain rooted in today’s mainstream structures can be a hard challenge. Consumer behaviors are changing, as are employment & retirement patterns. Technologies and communities have irrupted that will significantly alter the investment industry. In fact, boundaries between industries, products and geographies altogether are fading away.
Well-versed experts in asset management, retirement systems and emerging technologies, the authors assess the current landscape, take note of investors’ agendas and look far ahead at a future that might seem generations away – if at all possible. Yet this paper is no esoteric exercise. By zooming in on currently thriving niches, presenting real world examples and laying bare severe societal transformations, it becomes clear that radically modified, digitally driven asset management is at the dawn of wide deployment.
Industry leaders are urged to prudently experiment in this field. Not only will the negative correlation gained by doing so offer benefits to portfolio risk management, the traditional incumbents also have a unique opportunity in leading society towards greater economic inclusion…
One of our authors, Mr. Harry Smorenberg, is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Project Expert Committee on global retirement systems. The May 2017 WEF white paper “We’ll Live to 100 – How Can We Afford It?” recently received broad news coverage across the globe. Highlighting the major pension issues facing the world today, it fits perfectly with our current work. The WEF materials are available for download here.
We are honoured to debut a short article on our paper at Pensions & Investments, a leading institutional investment publication catering to a global audience of thought leaders in the sector. The article is available for download here.
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