Recent Release | 16 Mar 2021

Is your capital allocation strategy a long-term plan or a short-term fix?

Thought Leadership Team

Oxford Economics

Chief financial officers are recovering from a once-in-a-generation shock to their capital allocation strategies. Even as they deal with the upheaval induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, they must make plans to improve long-term business performance. This means developing a capital allocation process that is fit for a future that may be radically transformed by the impact of digital technologies, a changing workplace and evolving business models.

How can CFOs develop the right capital allocation strategy and process while investment decisions are being scrutinized by investors and employees, regulators and society at large?

To better understand how businesses are addressing market changes – and how they should adapt their capital allocation strategies going forward – EY and Oxford Economics surveyed 1,050 CFOs around the world and across industries in the first weeks of 2021. Read the report now to learn more.

About the team

Our Thought Leadership team produces original, evidence-based research made accessible to decision-makers and opinion leaders. Principals for this project included:

Ben Wright

Senior Research Manager, Thought Leadership

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Senior Research Manager, Thought Leadership

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Ben Wright supports global research studies for the Thought Leadership group. A member of the team since 2014, Ben has developed and supported projects on subjects including cloud computing, workforce development, risk management, and the future of money.

As a New York-based Associate Editor, Ben is involved in all aspects of the research process, from development and research of proposals, to survey drafting and analysis, to publicizing deliverables through social media and infographics. Ben’s experience in both design and writing allows him to work seamlessly between the two realms to communicate Oxford Economics’ research and expertise in the clearest and most effective manner.

Ben graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in industrial design and a minor in creative writing. He has served as a copy editor for SCAD’s student newspaper, Mental Floss magazine, and Elmore magazine, as well as interning at Columbia University Press. Ben is currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at Hunter College.

Edward Cone
Edward Cone

Editorial Director, Thought Leadership

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Edward Cone

Edward Cone

Editorial Director, Thought Leadership

New York

Editorial Director Edward Cone oversees global research programs for our Thought Leadership group. As Technology Practice Lead he works with clients such as Google, Accenture, IBM, SAP, and many others. His areas of focus include Artificial Intelligence, the impact of technology on business performance, and healthcare organizations.

Edward joined the firm in 2012 after more than two decades as a business and technology journalist based in New York, Paris, and North Carolina, including stints as an editor and writer at various Ziff Davis magazines (CIO Insight, Baseline), a contributing editor at Wired, and a staff writer at Forbes.

Edward also wrote a weekly newspaper opinion column for many years in his hometown of Greensboro, NC and authored a semi-popular blog. He has contributed to a bewildering variety of magazines and papers on topics ranging from politics to rock climbing and was a frequent speaker and organizer at new media conferences across the country. Honors for his work include the 2020 Rybczynski Prize, awarded for the best essay on economics by Society of Professional Economists, and various awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the North Carolina Press Association. He has a BA from Haverford College.

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