The Farsight Award, created to honour the best in long term research, was awarded on 21 September to Citigroup analysts Heath Jansen, Mike Tyrrell and Alan Heap. The inaugural award was presented by Sir Paul Judge at a Gresham College lecture in London’s Docklands attended by more than 400 finance industry professionals. The awards were followed by a lecture from Prof. Werner Seifert, former CEO of Deutsche Börse, on globalisation.
The Farsight Award is a project between the Universities Superannuation Scheme and Gresham College with support from Z/Yen and was formed in direct response to criticism of the increasing short-term nature of financial markets around the world. The founders wish to honour analysis which best integrates traditional financial analysis with longer term issues such as climate change, governance & human capital.
While Michael Mainelli was pleased to oversee events, he was a little disappointed that everyone expected to see some cartoons from Gary Larsen rather than a superb bunch of research reports.