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Many investors want to be more long term. But as we found in a recent survey of 200+ asset owners, there are numerous hurdles, with market volatility, manager performance, board pressure, and career risk topping the list. With that in mind, I focus my remarks on the benefits of “long-termism” and recommend next steps for those who want to incorporate more long-term thinking in their portfolios. The ideas I offer are based on a multifaceted research process, including interviews with Wellington portfolio managers, asset owners, and experts in the field of long-term investing, as well as a quantitative analysis of the link between long holding periods/low turnover and alpha.1
 

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1 Alpha is the measure of the performance of a portfolio after adjusting for risk. Alpha is calculated by comparing the volatility of the portfolio to some benchmark. The alpha is the excess return of the portfolio over the benchmark.

The views expressed herein are those of Wellington Management, are for informational purposes only, and are subject to change based on prevailing market, economic, and other conditions. The views expressed may not reflect the opinions of Hartford Funds or any other sub-adviser to our funds. They should not be construed as research or investment advice nor should they be considered an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security. This information is current at the time of writing and may not be reproduced or distributed in whole or in part, for any purpose, without the express written consent of Wellington Management or Hartford Funds.

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