Three questions we are all asking in this market

Reading Time: 6 minutes There are decades when nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen. Lenin Yes, so in case you are wondering we ARE in the Lenin quotes phase of this crisis (Warren Buffet quotes was first week of March, Charlie Munger second week of March and Peter Lynch third week of March, since you asked). … More Three questions we are all asking in this market

Top Reads March 2020

Reading Time: 3 minutes My latest top reads, might come in handy if you have more time at home than anticipated these days … Red Notice A true-story thriller which goes from building an asset management business in Russia in the 1990’s, being blackmailed by oligarchs to murder, corruption and becoming Putin’s #1 enemy. Super Pumped The … More Top Reads March 2020

Amplifying Certainties

Reading Time: < 1 minute We are deeply wired to care a lot about our sense of self worth & social standing … if these are undermined we feel a threat, which pulls brain fast into fight/flight mode & we lose cognitive capability So in our moments of greatest challenge, we actually become dumber… That was the stark but enlightening … More Amplifying Certainties

15 productive things investors can do in a market downturn

Reading Time: < 1 minute Re-affirm your investment objective ( for framing, context) and your process 2. Run through each of your holdings and remind yourself why you own it 3. Check your mandates are performing as expected given conditions 4. Remind yourself how often drawdowns usually occur – put things into historical context 5. Count how many of the … More 15 productive things investors can do in a market downturn

Patient capital in the 21st century

Reading Time: 4 minutes There’s never been a greater need for long-term investment to replace decaying global infrastructure and navigate serious challenges like climate change. But long-term investment programs are rife with challenges and there is no guarantee of success. That’s the premise of an ambitious book (Patient Capital) by Harvard Business School professors Victoria Ivashina and Josh Lerner. … More Patient capital in the 21st century

Think like a …

Reading Time: < 1 minute We put knowledge into silos But there’s value in the wisdom that comes from “thinking like” someone else (from the work of @ShaneAParrish @JamesClear @ScottAdamsSays ) Think like a behavioral psychologist: what are the incentives? What are the relevant cognitive biases in play? What are the second order effects Like an evolutionary biologist: what are … More Think like a …

Two Lessons Learnt in Pursuit of Constructive Challenge

Reading Time: 7 minutes “Your commercials suck… The iPad is revolutionizing the world, and we need something big. You’ve given me small sh*t.” Ouch. That’s what Steve Jobs reportedly told the creative head of TBWA/ Media Arts in the run up to the IPad launch. Challenge? Yes. Constructive? Probably not. Two little words that are so easy to say … More Two Lessons Learnt in Pursuit of Constructive Challenge

The 10 Best FinPod Episodes of 2019

Reading Time: 4 minutes What if I told you that this evening you’d get an audience with some of the greatest founders, money managers, authors, researchers and Nobel prizewinners of all time in our industry? People like Robert Shiller, Rob Arnott, Michael Mauboissin, Ben Inker, Rajiv Jain, Cliff Asness, Ray Dalio and even Jack Bogle? You’d be pretty happy … More The 10 Best FinPod Episodes of 2019

3 Rare Skills That Make Presentations Clear and Memorable

Reading Time: 5 minutes Bad communication is like a tax we all collect from each other continuously, every year, and every day. What can you remember from that hour long presentation you heard this morning? Can you name three real takeaways that have stuck from all the time you spent in meetings and presentations last week? Let’s face it … More 3 Rare Skills That Make Presentations Clear and Memorable

The Four Most Important Things in Investing

Reading Time: 2 minutes “Investing is the perfect example of a complex problem with no known solution. There are no secrets.” – Nick Magguili (Of Dollars and Data) So what really matters most in the volatile, uncertain and ambiguous environment of investing? Better models? Research? Skilled managers? Access to deals? These things can and do matter, and fortunes have … More The Four Most Important Things in Investing

Underrated Skills

Reading Time: < 1 minute Disagreeing well: it’s easy to disagree badly (and agree badly), and we all know the truism that different viewpoints is good, but harnessing dissenting views in practice is so much harder than you think Managing meetings effectively: many companies would baulk at an expense of several £’000, but routinely allow such sums to be wasted … More Underrated Skills

Summer Reading 2019

Reading Time: 3 minutes Realise I’m a little late with this list this year, but here’s what I’ve enjoyed most so far this year … you’ll see I’m showing my normal bias toward non-fiction, and in fact haven’t included any fiction in this list (although I have read some). Enjoy, and let me know what you think Bad Blood … More Summer Reading 2019

How Many Pizzas

Reading Time: < 1 minute How many pizzas would it take to feed your investment committee? Optimal committee/team size is a great question: NEPC’s survey finds most investment committees are 7+ people, but would prefer to be 4-6. Team behavioral expert Harvard Professor Richard Hackman said optimal is 6, definitely not more than 9. Authors Sunstein & Hastie note the … More How Many Pizzas

Better Behaviour by Design

Reading Time: 8 minutes The evidence is undeniable. We all have brains that are set-up to make consistently bad choices when it comes to domains that are complex, ambiguous and unpredictable – like investing. We overestimate our own ability, screen out information that conflicts with our pre-conceived views, we fear losses, and anchor to what feels well known and … More Better Behaviour by Design

Complex systems and an Oscar-worthy f*** up

Reading Time: 2 minutes And the winner is … La La Land!! You might remember this one. Oscars night in 2017. Award for best picture. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunnaway presenting. The entertainment world waiting with baited breath as Beatty hesitated -playing with the audience- as the winner of the best picture was to be announced … But it … More Complex systems and an Oscar-worthy f*** up