October 6, 2019

While it may seem like I've forgotten about the blog, I've been posting for more professional purposes on LinkedIn. My current plan is to use this site as the place for things that are personal and less connected to work. That said, some of the LinkedIn posts may be of...

April 5, 2019

I started my career in global macro investing in 2008. As you can imagine, it was a complete baptism of fire. Storied institutions like Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were failing every day, with many others coming close to the brink. The next few years ha...

March 22, 2019

I initially wanted this to be a post about how someone could generate outstanding investment returns without being what's traditionally considered a top investor - say, for example, lacking unusual information advantages or extraordinary analytical wizardry. I started...

January 24, 2019

If there was a Mount Rushmore of value investors, Seth Klarman would almost certainly be on it. Klarman's Baupost Group has racked up impressive returns over a long period. He's also the author of a value investing tome, Margin of Safety, whose reputation has been enha...

May 29, 2018

I've been thinking about complacency a lot lately. We're approaching the 10-year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, but with markets buoyant, it's hard to believe we might return to those perilous times. Allowing complacency to seep into markets generally...

May 9, 2018

There's a great interview out there with VC investor Josh Wolfe of Lux Capital. If you haven't heard it, I highly recommend giving it a listen before or after you read this. Like all valuable learning opportunities, it spawned questions that stayed with me for awhile,...

April 3, 2018

Little infuriates sustainability advocates more than greenwashing, generally defined as "a form of spin in which green PR or green marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that an organization's products, aims or policies are environmentally friendly." B...

February 3, 2018

If you spend any time at all in the world of investing, you very quickly realize how many clever people you're competing against. I recently finished "Frontier Investor" by Marko Dimitrijevic, who ran a successful EM-focused fund for many years. Make no mistake - "Fron...

August 8, 2017

No city is more synonymous with deal-making than New York, and its skyline automatically conjures up images of commerce and finance. So it was a pleasure to read Tom Shachtman's "Skyscraper Dreams" (reviewed here), and learn more about the history of the personalities...

July 27, 2017

After a brilliant display against Real Madrid, Manchester United forward Anthony Martial was urged by manager Jose Mourinho to produce that form more consistently. My initial response: Well, yeah, no kidding. It would be great if Martial could consistently go past play...

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