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Fidelity® Showcases Thought-Provoking Insights on Range of Global Themes From its Extensive Team of Investment Research Professionals
New Thought Leadership Initiative Harnesses the Power of Digital and Online Media to Educate and Empower InvestorsBOSTON -- Fidelity Investments®, one of the world’s leading financial services providers with $1.6 trillion in managed assetsi, today announced it will begin showcasing thought-provoking insights generated by the firm’s equity, fixed income and asset allocation analysts across a range of global investment themes through an innovative new thought leadership initiative.
The Fidelity initiative will explore a variety of themes throughout 2012. The inaugural topic focuses on Water Economics, featuring Anna Davydova, an equity research analyst covering the environmental sector. Fidelity has a global research team of 420 analysts in Boston, London, Miami, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Toronto.ii Organized by sectors, Fidelity’s research teams help generate investment ideas from around the world -- in all sectors, styles and market capitalization ranges.
“Fidelity employs one of the largest global teams of portfolio managers and analysts in the industry, managing hundreds of funds and institutional strategies across virtually every asset class and category,” said Chris Bartel, senior vice present, Global Equity Research, Fidelity’s Equity Group. “At Fidelity, we believe in-depth, fundamental research at the company level can help determine the best investment opportunities. Maintaining a global research staff also provides a comprehensive point-of-view on the key themes and ongoing dynamics within each asset class.”
The new initiative, titled “Thinking Big,” builds on Fidelity’s comprehensive thought leadership and investor education efforts. The initiative uses digital video, social media, print and interactive Web elements, including a microsite for investors at fidelity.com/thinkingbig and an additional site for financial advisors. Additionally, Fidelity is launching the initiative in conjunction with its sponsorship of the 2012 TED conference, an annual event that brings together global thought leaders.
“With more than 20 million individual, institutional and intermediary clients, we are always looking for innovative ways to engage them, while providing resources and tools that can help them meet their investment and business objectives,” said James D. Speros, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Fidelity Investments. “By demonstrating the incredibly deep and broad thinking that underpins Fidelity’s asset management capabilities, we hope to spark dialogue on important global issues that may impact today’s as well as future generations of investors.”
Thinking Big: Water Economics
Through the Thinking Big initiative, Davydova provides a thought-provoking and informative analysis of Water Economics. For example:
• With the global population expected to grow 30 percent by 2050iii, and more developing nations transitioning to higher standards of living, regional water shortages and peak water issues will become more widespread.
• Unlike oil, water is a renewable resource, yet in some instances it can become effectively non-renewable. Some regions are already past peak non-renewable water, which occurs when the consumption of underground water exceeds its rate of recharge.
• Global water consumption is expected to increase by 40 percent over the next 20 years. Additionally, agriculture consumes 70 percent of the world’s fresh water supply. And as water constraints rise, so will food costs.iv Since there is no substitute for water, and the planet’s water supply is essentially fixed, we will have to increasingly rely on higher cost water desalination technologies, water reuse, and conservation.
“The expanding global population and the ongoing transition to higher standards of living will continue to drive higher fresh water demand, which over the long run could mean big changes for our lifestyle and the ways we invest in the market,” said Davydova. “The increasing regional scarcity of the world’s most precious resource could result in higher costs of living, including higher water and food costs, as well as ecological and geopolitical shifts that will have meaningful investment implications.”
About Fidelity Investments
Fidelity Investments is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of $3.5 trillion, including managed assets of $1.6 trillion, as of January 31, 2012. Founded in 1946, the firm is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and many other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals and institutions, as well as through 5,000 financial intermediary firms. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit www.fidelity.com.
i As of January 31, 2012.