Summary of Measurement, Governance and Long-term Investing

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Measurement, Governance and Long-term Investing summary


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Societies and businesses benefit from long-term investors who take on difficult projects that entail substantial risk and uncertain outcomes. The World Economic Forum’s researchers and experts explain how metrics designed for short-term investing can trip up long-term investors and how the right governance can support a successful long-term investment program. The report examines the often-paradoxical nature of long-term investing, noting, for instance, that too much information frequently can obfuscate rather than clarify. The report is both descriptive and prescriptive; it concludes with some suggested best practices that long-term investors can adopt to improve their odds of success. getAbstract recommends this erudite paper to investors, policy makers, and students of finance and economic development interested in the long and the short of long-term investing.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What unique challenges long-term institutional investors face,
  • Why institutions should not use short-term metrics to gauge long-term performance, and
  • How the right measurements and governance can positively affect long-term investing results.

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The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization that works with business, political and academic leaders to debate industry issues.



In the Long Term
Long-term investing – “investing with the expectation of holding an asset for an indefinite period of time by an investor with the capability to do so” – can provide substantial value to businesses. Societies also can benefit from long-term investment since public infrastructure...

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