In March 2018, the world's first investment trust celebrated its 150th anniversary. To mark this occasion, the Board hosted an event at the Guildhall, London, bringing to the stage one of the world's most influential and insightful authors: Professor Yuval Harari. Yuval's books have taken the world by storm. Yuval was joined by the Trust's fund manager Paul Niven and Millennials expert Dr Eliza Filby.
Yuval's research primarily focuses on key macro-historical questions. In his international bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, he explored what has made homo sapiens the most successful species on the planet. In his latest book, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, he examines the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century, from overcoming death to creating artificial life.
The F&C Investment Trust has had only three fund managers over the past four decades. Paul Niven was appointed in 2014 after 18 years with F&C (now BMO Global Asset Management). Paul sets the Trust's investment policy, asset allocation and levels of gearing, and is supported by a team of investment professionals. The entire team contribute to ensure the Trust is doing everything it can to grow our clients' capital and income.
Eliza specialises in contemporary values; her current research project focuses on Millennials and the complex intergenerational landscape now dominating politics, work and the marketplace. Eliza consults with a number of large businesses on how to market and manage Generations Y and Z. She is a founder of Grad Train, a business designed to help graduates make the transition from university to the workplace. She has also written for The Times, Guardian, Telegraph and Spectator and appeared on Fox News, Sky News, LBC, Radio 4's World at One and BBC's Daily Politics.