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The future: It’s our responsibility

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The F&C Investment Trust Lecture series was started in 2018 to mark 150 years since the Trust’s launch in 1868. Here’s what is in store for the 2020 lecture and how you can enter the ballot for tickets.

Last year’s inaugural lecture – Investing Past, Present & Future – featured philosopher and bestselling author Professor Yuval Harari, the Trust’s manager Paul Niven, and Millennials expert Dr Eliza Filby. They discussed the history of investing, the future of mankind, and the next generation of investors.

The theme of the 2020 lecture is ‘responsibility’. Established in 1868, F&C Investment Trust is the world’s oldest collective investment scheme. As stewards of more than £4 billion assets*, we recognise our responsibility is not only to grow capital and income for our shareholders, but to also support positive change as well.

We’re bringing to the stage another impressive range of expert speakers as we look at what we – as individuals, investors and asset managers – could do to protect the future of our world.

The F&C Investment Trust Lecture will take place on Tuesday, 10 March 2020 from 2.30pm to 5pm at London’s historic Guildhall. The speakers will include:

  • Alastair Fothergill, Series Producer of BBC's The Blue Planet, and creator of Our Planet, a landmark series for Netflix.  Alastair Fothergill OBE engages in a global conversation about how to protect and preserve our world. Having spent almost 30 years at the BBC’s globally renowned Natural History unit, Alastair was the series producer for acclaimed series with Sir David Attenborough: The Blue Planet; Planet Earth; and the executive producer of Frozen Planet. In 2012, he set up Silverback Films with Keith Scholey, producing The Hunt series for the BBC and Our Planet for Netflix – the first natural history Netflix Original Documentary Series.
  • Hannah Fry, popular mathematician, TED speaker, author and co-host of The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry on BBC Radio 4. Associate Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at UCL’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Dr Hannah Fry studies the patterns in human behaviour and applies her research to a wide range of questions and social problems. She frequently appears on television and radio, including documentaries such as Climate Change By Numbers and The Joy Of Data. Hannah has also written a number of books, including The Mathematics Of Love: Patterns, Proofs & The Search For The Ultimate Equation, and her most recent book, Hello World: How To Be Human In The Age Of The Machine.
  • Vicki Bakhshi, Director in the Responsible Investment Team at BMO Global Asset Management, with experience as the Prime Minister’s policy adviser on climate change. Vicki joined BMO Global Asset Management in November 2006, having previously spent five years in the UK Government, including a role as the Prime Minister’s policy adviser on climate change, and as a senior member of the team responsible for the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change. She chairs the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association’s Leadership Committee and has served on the Board of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change.

Capital at risk and investors may not get the original amount invested.

There are limited places available at the 2020 F&C Investment Trust lecture. If you are interested, please enter the ballot for tickets by 19 January 2020 at

If you would like more information, visit the F&C Investment Trust website or speak to your financial adviser.

Past performance should not be seen as an indication of future performance. The value of investments and any income from them can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the original amount invested.

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