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How to Identify Technology Trends for Macro Investors

I recently spent time with a hedge fund manager who asked for counsel on how he could identify macro trends (especially technology macro trends) which he could use to generate investment ideas.  The deck below summarizes my recommendations.  This overlaps with my research on origination for private [...continue reading]

Artificial Intelligence in Financial Services

I’ve presented at a few conferences lately on AI in financial services, particularly on how investors are using AI.  I’ve posted here an expanded version of my slides.  I provide an overview of why AI is a tool that so many people are exploring; what I think increases the odds of success for [...continue reading]

Institutional Investor’s Cover Story is Our Research Study on Innovation in Investing

We’re happy to report that Institutional Investor just published our research study as their April cover story: “Asset Managers, Prepare to Have Your Business Disrupted” (about 2,000 words). You can download the full study in PDF (10,000 words) or join the discussion around the paper here on [...continue reading]

Get the Final Draft of Our Paper on Disruption of the Asset Management Industry

I’ve mentioned previously that I’m working on a research study on disruption of the asset management business.  We are now sharing the final draft of our research study  with reviewers.  If you’d like to take a look, please send me your email ASAP.  My co-authors are Katina Stefanova (former [...continue reading]

Design Your Company Culture Like The World’s Largest Hedge Fund

Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, is a man after my own heart.  A few years ago he publicly set down his core Principles for living, managing, and investing.  Bridgewater uses these codified rules for recruiting, training, and most important, managing the [...continue reading]

How To Disrupt The Investing Business, With Katina Stefanova (Ex-Bridgewater Management Committee)

I had a conversation recently about the investing business with Katina Stefanova, who recently left Bridgewater, the largest hedge fund in the world. I’ve always had great respect for Bridgewater, which unlike most investing organizations realizes just how critical processes and culture are to [...continue reading]

Asset Management Is a Peculiar Industry Ripe for Disruption

Since I became an institutional investor, my #1 learning is: this is a highly unusual and somewhat baffling industry.  Asset management shows the traditional earmarks of an industry ripe for disruption -- most obviously, unhappy customers and extremely profitable incumbents.  Despite this, it’s [...continue reading]

Disruptive Companies in Asset Management

We recently hosted an idea dinner on "Disruptive Companies in the Asset Management Industry".The most attractive industries to disrupt are highly profitable ones, and asset management is traditionally a highly profitable industry. IMHO, the most successful disrupters in this area to date have [...continue reading]

On Expert Networks, Compliance, the Drunk and the Lamppost

Expert networks have been in the news a lot for the past few weeks, due to the SEC's attempt to look for insider trading amongst hedge funds, following on their Galleon investigation (Raj Rajaratnam of Galleon is in the photo shown). The best source of information on this topic is as usual the [...continue reading]

Launch of Track.com, a market for independent Wall Street research

Four days ago, a team of Wall Street veterans launched Track.com, a new marketplace for independent research providers. I met with the management team today. Track.com offers independent research providers a platform to distribute their intellectual property. Buyers pay subscriptions for [...continue reading]

Hedge fund investment patterns/quarterly reports/investment ideas/careers

Yaser Anwar, an unusually aggressive and career-savvy senior at York University, has a mailing list with interesting information about the current status of the markets, with a focus on hedge fund investing. He sends out content about twice a month. If you want to sign up for it, contact him at [...continue reading]

Deal Sourcing by Corporate Development Groups

At last week's ACG Intergrowth conference, I attended a roundtable discussion on Deal Sourcing as part of the Corporate Development track. My notes follow. To preserve confidentiality, I have labeled as "X:" the comments from all the participants. We had about 30 people in the group, almost all [...continue reading]

Hedge Funds Feel Tug of Internet Matchmaking

Institutional Investor reports on a range of startups trying to create platforms for investors to connect online with hedge fund managers. Members-only Web sites with names like CapIntro.com, HedgeACT.com and HedgeConnection.com promote their online offerings as an alternative to real-world [...continue reading]

Social Media, Investor Relations, and Expert Networks

Brian Solis has a lengthy post at Techcrunch on Social Media and Investor Relations. There's a lot of material there, but I think he omits the area in social media through which the most market-moving information is flowing: expert networks. [...continue reading]