Niall J. Gannon, Tailored Wealth Management

Niall J. Gannon, of the Gannon Group at Morgan Stanley, is a financial advisor for high net worth and ultra high net worth individuals and families. And yet Tailored Wealth Management: Exploring the Cause and Effect of Financial Success (Palgrave Macmillan) is applicable to all investors, at any stage [...]

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AQR Capital Management, 20 For Twenty

A heads up to anyone who wants to understand how some very bright quants think. I just downloaded AQR’s anthology commemorating its 20th anniversary. It’s big, coming in at nearly 700 pages, and free for the taking in either .mobi or .epub formats. Personally, I can’t think of a [...]

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Amy Edmondson, The Fearless Organization [Book Review]

Twenty years of research inform The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth (Wiley, 2019) by Amy C. Edmondson, a professor at the Harvard Business School. Although by now most managers know, at least in theory, that they should provide an environment in [...]

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The Best Books Of 2018

Another year, another idiosyncratic list of what I consider to be the best books I reviewed this year, with links to my reviews. Q3 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc Photo by jill111 (Pixabay) Michael Batnick, Big Mistakes Cochrane & Moskowitz, eds., The Fama Portfolio Annie Duke, Thinking in Bets Sebastian Edwards, American Default Meb Faber, [...]

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Bruce Jacobs, Too Smart For Our Own Good [Book Review]

Bruce I. Jacobs’ Too Smart for Our Own Good: Ingenious Investment Strategies, Illusions of Safety, and Market Crashes (McGraw-Hill, 2018) attempts to identify the common causes of financial crises since the 1980s. Jacobs, the co-founder of Jacobs Levy Equity Management and its co-chief investment officer and co-director of research, [...]

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Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg, Delivering Alpha [Book Review]

Delivering Alpha: Lessons from 30 Years of Outperforming Investment Benchmarks (McGraw-Hill, 2019) by Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg is written for “any finance professional who wants to know how to add sustainable value to globally diversified institutional portfolios beyond what’s learned in textbooks.” The author, after an 11-year stint at the World [...]

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Miller & Conley, Legacy In The Making [Book Review]

Branding has gotten a bad rap in the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency. It has been conflated with egotism and narcissism. But entrepreneurs and companies work hard to develop and burnish their brands, knowing that it is an essential part of doing business. In Legacy in [...]

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Hirsch & Mistal, Stock Trader’s Almanac 2019

The Stock Trader’s Almanac is now in its 52th edition. Not quite the track record of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which launched in 1792, but presumably a tad more data driven. Q3 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etcThe spiral bound almanac opens flat for easy access to its data or [...]

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Robin Speziale, Capital Compounders [Book Review]

Robin R. Speziale, author of Market Masters, is a 31-year-old, self-taught Canadian growth investor. In this second edition of Capital Compounders: How to Beat the Market and Make Money Investing in Growth Stocks he shares the principles that have guided his wealth-building journey. Q3 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etcAlthough [...]

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Daniel Crosby, The Behavioral Investor [Book Review]

In 2014 Daniel Crosby, a psychologist and asset manager, co-authored the bestselling Personal Benchmark: Integrating Behavioral Finance and Investment Management and followed that up in 2016 with The Laws of Wealth. Another two years and he’s produced a new book: The Behavioral Investor (Harriman House, 2018). His “admittedly audacious” [...]

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Warren Berger, The Book Of Beautiful Questions [Book Review]

In 2014 Warren Berger wrote A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. He has now followed that up with The Book of Beautiful Questions: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018). Q3 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops [...]

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Paul Volcker, Keeping At It [Book Review]

The 91-year-old Paul A. Volcker has had a long, distinguished career, highlights of which he recalls in Keeping At It: The Quest for Sound Money and Good Government (Public Affairs / Hachette, 2018). For those with a financial memory, he is best known for his role as the Federal [...]

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D’Aveni, The Pan-Industrial Revolution [Book Review]

Richard D’Aveni, a professor at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, has set forth a bold hypothesis. As 3-D printing or, more generally, additive manufacturing (AM) becomes increasingly sophisticated, manufacturing will be transformed and pan-industrial companies will come to dominate the world economy. At the moment, although investors certainly haven’t [...]

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Adam Iqbal, Volatility [Book Review]

Adam S. Iqbal is the global head of FX Exotics and Correlation at Goldman Sachs and was formerly an FX options trader and portfolio manager at Barclays and Pimco. He holds a Ph.D. in financial mathematics and financial economics. Q3 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etcIn Volatility: Practical Options Theory [...]

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Scott Belsky, The Messy Middle [Book Review]

We’ve all been there. We start a project with great enthusiasm. Then, as we proceed, the goal seems farther and farther away. We have self-doubts, we are mired in the mundane, we are on a roller coaster of successes and failures. The journey to make something great is definitely [...]

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Reid Hoffman & Chris Yeh, Blitzscaling [Book Review]

In my wildest fantasies I never envisage creating the next Amazon or Facebook. But I’m intrigued by the people who set out to do just that, who they are and how they do it. Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Multibillion-Dollar Scaleups by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh (Currency [...]

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Igor Tulchinsky, The Unrules [Book Review]

In some ways Igor Tulchinsky has written an “un-book,” and it’s undoubtedly the better for it. The UnRules: Man, Machines and the Quest to Master Markets (Wiley, 2018) is a short book, coming in at about 150 pages. As Tulchinsky explains in the preface, he is a man of [...]

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Knapp & Zeratsky, Make Time [Book Review]

Another day, another self-help book that takes time away from things I should really be doing. Call it a form of distraction. But, oops, this is precisely what Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky in Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day (Currency/Crown, 2018) try to steer [...]

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Agrawal et al., Prediction Machines

Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence (Harvard Business Review Press, 2018) by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb, all chaired professors at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, is an excellent introduction to the opportunities and limitations of AI. Their thesis is that, as [...]

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Bethany McLean, Saudi America [Book Review]

Bethany McLean, the well-known financial journalist (she co-authored The Smartest Guys in the Room and All the Devils Are Here and wrote Shaky Ground), has turned her attention to shale oil and gas in Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World (Columbia Global Reports, [...]

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