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Investor initiative focuses on long-term approach

by Jennifer Molloy

An initiative called Focusing Capital on the Long Term aims to provide institutional investors with practical measures to help them build long-term investment strategies and portfolios.

Founded by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and McKinsey & Co., FCLT members include some of the largest global institutional investors, asset managers and corporates, all of which recognize the pitfalls of a disproportionate focus on short-term gains in financial markets.

It is not that investors are unaware of the advantages to investing over the long term. In a recent survey cited by FCLT, an overwhelming majority of respondents from 81 public and private pension funds and sovereign wealth funds around the globe indicated just this. However, they also may lack effective implementation strategies and tools to achieve a long-term approach.

To this end, FCLT recently produced a white paper, the

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