Lifestyle Article - Thinking Ahead Institute appoints Bob Collie


Bob Collie has joined the Thinking Ahead Institute, a global not-for-profit investment research institute with over 40 institutional investment organisation members that have combined responsibility for over US$13 trillion.

 Based in the UK, his role is to head research for the Thinking Ahead Group: the executive team to the Institute. He started on 1 January 2018.

 Collie has over 30 years of experience in the actuarial, investment and consulting industries. He joins from Russell Investments where he worked for over 20 years, most recently as Chief Research Strategist responsible for the generation, capture and delivery of strategic research to institutional clients in the United States. Prior to this he led Russell Investment’s London-based consulting practice, covering all EMEA relationships, before which he was a consultant at Mercer Consulting for eight years. Collie has an MA in Mathematics from the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

 Tim Hodgson, head of the Thinking Ahead Group, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Bob to the team. He is a highly-regarded author of research covering a wide range of investment topics* and is a proven leader of consulting and research practices. He joins us at a time of accelerating change in the investment industry where our research is gaining traction because it points to a better investment world in which the end saver is prioritised. It is also a time when the Institute’s influence is growing as more institutions join our number.”

 In a world first, the Thinking Ahead Institute quantified, and provided evidence for, the size of the long-term investment premium that can be exploited by investors in its research paper The search for a long-term premium. In addition, the Institute recently developed the first sustainability beliefs benchmarking tool to test the relative strength of these beliefs between peers to assess if and where an investment edge can be developed.

 * Including on corporate pension finance; liability-responsive asset allocation (the earliest description of the de-risking glide path approach); performance measurement during portfolio transitions (the T Standard); and the five tests of an effective ESG policy. Bob Collie also co-authored The Retirement Plan Solution: The Reinvention of Defined Contribution, a book which sets out a vision for a transformation of the DC system, describing opportunities for greater effectiveness in the pre-retirement and post-retirement phases.

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