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date: 09 April 2020

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The increasing complexity and de-localization of finance has allowed for an obfuscation of fees, costs, and expenses, leading to distortion in the underlying incentives that are being created. This distortion is driving an increasingly short-term and disconnected financial world. Here it is argued that the world of finance and investment needs to better understand the underlying ingredients of financial products, in particular the fees and costs of intermediated products. At the core of the arguments is a more professional and engaged community of asset owners that can understand the ingredients in all the financial products being consumed. This paradigm shift, termed ‘organic finance’, requires a research programme that examines the relational dynamics between financial products, intermediaries, and asset-owner investors using methodologies that go beyond those within pure economics. Economic geographers are enlisted to new studies of these important actors and agents, and how their interactions will play out over time.

Keywords: institutional investment, economic geography, finance, asset management

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