Phil is a co-founder and unremunerated non-executive director of Ricardo Research.

Phil has 18 years’ experience in the pensions and investment industry. Before co-founding Ricardo Research, Phil was a Partner and Global Director of Strategic Research at Mercer. In that role, Phil had responsibility for developing intellectual capital on strategic and dynamic asset allocation, new asset class ideas and broad themes relating to the economic environment. Phil has worked with large institutional investors in many countries to help them address a wide range of investment challenges.

Phil is a regular speaker at conferences and industry events and is often quoted in the financial press. Phil holds a first class degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick and is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

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Fiduciary duty in dysfunctional markets

Financial markets play a central role in the capitalist economy, allocating new savings to productive investment, acting as a signalling device to corporate management, and providing liquidity to investors. The efficient markets paradigm claims that competition among investors keeps asset prices close to fair value. A new interpretation contends that stock markets have morphed into a contest between two sets of investors: those seeking short-term gain matched against those targeting long-term value. This unending battle corrupts prices, creates macroeconomic instability and costs vast sums in asset management fees.

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Giant funds must curb short-termism

Many of the problems of present-day finance have their origins in the horizons set along the investment chain. The key players in this chain are the giant pension, sovereign wealth and endowment funds who appoint external asset managers, who in turn invest in companies. If these funds invest with their eyes set partially or largely on the short term, it sends a clear message down the line and embeds similar standards throughout the capitalist system.

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