Investors' emphasis on short-term return communicates itself to business leaders who feel obliged to think and act short-term; take on more risk, which the fund manager reduces through diversification - an option not open to employees.
This is very much in line with the point raised by Margaret Blair, that employees make a firm-specific investment. Some good stuff here too about why fund managers end up focusing on the short term (what signals are their clients sending them?)
And this bit:
I am struck by the absence of a body in the UK that speaks on behalf of institutional investors without a commercial or trade association interest. Creating an independent Council for Institutional Investors would be a step forward.
I reckon some sort of UK version of the CII is long overdue. As I've blogged a bit before, it's a bit of a problem that collaborative engagement gets funneled through trade bodies which lobby on several fronts (ie ABI represents insurers as PLCs as well as shareholders), rather than through a body that only represents investors as investors (and the real investors - not the investment agents - too).