The Center for Applied Research’s latest whitepaper is centered on one pressing question – what does true success look like? The Center found that ironically, the pursuit of investment success in the industry has given rise to its biggest impediment: the “Folklore of Finance”. This folklore reflects the shared beliefs, rooted in human bias, that govern both investment professionals’ and investors’ behaviors. The Center recommends that the industry needs to generate a new folklore that reinforces the values necessary to achieve true success for the industry which ultimately translates to true success for investors.
This study was an 18 month endeavor based on a survey of 3,700 participants across 19 countries globally in addition to 200 interviews with industry executives and empirical research.
About Nidhi V. Shandilya, CFA
Nidhi Shandilya is responsible for research and thought leadership focusing on the investment management industry at State Street’s Center for Applied Research.
Nidhi’s research interests include analyzing the industry’s value proposition with specific focus around topics including behavioral finance, asset allocation, retirement, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. Her research endeavors focus on utilizing hard data from primary and secondary research to tell meaningful stories that seek to mobilize positive change in the investment management industry. Nidhi is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences.
Prior to joining State Street, she worked at IBM in their strategy consulting arm as a management consultant and later as a researcher at IBM’s Institute of Business Value, Financial Markets. She started her career as an investment banking analyst with Credit Suisse.
Nidhi is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of Seattle.