29 Mar 2018

View from the market – investors’ attention turns to stewardship

Agenda Week

Against the background of MiFID II, fund managers are also focusing on a number of other urgent issues, with stewardship at the head of the list, as Cynthia Alers explains.

As we all rush to put the finishing touches on our preliminary results presentations and put the annual report to bed for another year, thoughts should be turning to planning investor relations messaging for the annual general meeting and the next 18 months, post-Brexit and post-MiFID II. What are the key issues for investors?

Morrow Sodali recently published its third annual institutional investor survey which asked 49 global investors, with combined assets under management of $31 trillion, their views on a wide range of global trends and emerging issues. These focused on the annual general meeting, ESG engagement, board practices, executive pay, activism and investor stewardship strategies.

Several key themes emerged.

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Topics

ESG General Meetings / Proxy solicitation Governance Shareholder Activism Shareholder Communication Shareholder Engagement Global