Research is to see what everybody has seen and think what nobody has thought.
— Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian physiologist, Nobel laureate, 1957
Most of our assumptions have outlived their usefulness.
— Marshall McLuhan

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The business case for acting on unclaimed assets  |  Oct. 2016


In-house research looking at the increasing government, legal, regulatory, supervisory and market pressures for insurers and asset managers to act on their unclaimed client assets. All pressures point in one direction: firms are running out of places to hide.


Current research on unclaimed assets in the asset management sector

We are working with major firms and sector organisations to improve understanding of the investment management sector's unclaimed and dormant assets issues. The research will review its qualitatively as well as quantitatively and will involve some of the UK's most significant asset managers. The research project commences in June and will report in September 2016.

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The purpose of research is to challenge assumptions and 'received wisdom'. But only research that accepts the difficulties of (in Hayek's term) "organised complexity" and the implications of inter-connectedness will move strategy forward. Otherwise, it's just noise.


Imagining a future different from the present is as much an act of courage as it is of creativity. Yet, remarkably few strategies acknowledge the inevitability of disruption and discontinuities. 


Through research, we can explore cause and effect more deeply and explore alternative formulations of future realities and how we will respond to them. We can test alternative propositions safely. We can learn.


Research that does not provoke a response is anodyne. All research should encourage the user, the reader, to react and to question his or her assumptions. The best research changes minds. That way, it can get results.