Speaking to Legends

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Ewan Kirk, President of GAM Systematic, is a known and recognised figure in quantitative finance. He started his career in finance at Goldman Sachs, spent 13 years there and retired as a partner. Subsequently he launched Cantab Capital Partners, a Cambridge based hedge fund which managed close to $5 billion in assets under management at its peak. In this episode, we discuss Ewan’s path into finance, his time at Goldman, creation of Cantab and the principles it was built on as well as life lessons he learnt along his journey. For links and more information see our episode show notes on our website.We value your feedback and we would appreciate any suggestions for improvement. Please take our survey.
Andrew McCaffery is the Chief Investment Officer of Fidelity International. Coming from humble beginnings Andrew quickly rose through the ranks and over the past 3 decades has been advising, allocating and closely working with some of the most successful and largest hedge funds worldwide. In this interview, you will learn about Andrew’s lifelong dedication to learning, the mindset of challenging yourself and entrepreneurial spirit focused on innovation. For links and more information see our episode show notes on our website.We value your feedback and we would appreciate any suggestions for improvement. Please take our survey.
Mark Mobius is one of the most recognised figures in money management and in 2011 has been named as one of the “50 Most Influential People”. Mark spent over 30 years at Franklin Templeton running its Emerging Markets Investment Trust which grew 500 fold and reached over 50 billion in AUM during his tenure. In 2018, Mark founded Mobius Capital Partners which offers an innovative private equity approach to public markets. In this episode we learn about Mark’s path into finance, his never-ending passion for learning, days at Templeton, key lessons along the journey as well as what he thinks was the biggest contributor to his success and what he wants to leave as his legacy.For links and more information see our episode show notes on our website.We value your feedback and we would appreciate any suggestions for improvement. Please take our survey.
Victor Niederhoffer is one of the most famous investors and a true pioneer. After rubbing shoulders with a few of the future Nobel Laureates at the University of Chicago, he started a trading firm and made $20 million from the starting capital of $50k within 6 months. In the 90s, he was the right hand man of George Soros and with a 34% rate of return over 20 years, in 1996, he was recognised as the world’s best trader. However, next year he was on the wrong side of the trade and lost all of the capital. In this episode, we discuss the emergence of quant investing, how he started trading for Soros, what are some of the lessons he learnt while being an active market participant for 60 years straight and why he think that Jesse Livermore was a horrible trader.For links and more information see our episode show notes on our website.We value your feedback and we would appreciate any suggestions for improvement. Please take our survey.
Mark Yusko, Founder and CEO of Morgan Creek Capital Management, is a household name in hedge fund investing and spent over 30 years identifying, seeding and growing some of the most successful funds. In this episode, we discuss the mindset and approach of discovering and investing in the next big technological innovation, the evolution of hedge funds, state of investing during COVID19, what are some of the implications of FED's infinite Quantitative Easing and why he is bearish on the fiat-fiasco and bullish on crypto.For more information, see our episode show notes on our website.We value your feedback and we would appreciate any suggestions for improvement. Please take our survey.
Marty Lueck, Research Director and President of Aspect Capital, is a true pioneer and over the past 3 decades helped to transfer and evolve managed futures. He co-founded one of the best known CTAs - AHL, which stands for the surname of the three Co-Founders - Michael Adam, David Harding and Marty Lueck. AHL grew from 100 thousand to 300 million in AUM and pushed the boundaries of innovation. After selling AHL to Man Group he co-founded Aspect Capital, a quantitative hedge fund with over 7 billion in AUM. In this episode Marty shares the story of AHL, the importance of scientific rigour and evolution, and main drivers behind CTA going mainstream. We also discuss the creation and rise of Aspect Capital, and recent developments that Marty is particularly excited about.For links, resources and book recommendations by Marty, see our episode show notes on our website.We value your feedback and we would appreciate any suggestions for improvement. Please take our survey.
Professor David Hand, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College London, has published over 300 scientific papers and 30 books, won many prestigious awards and was a president of the Royal Statistical Society twice. During this interview, Professor Hand explains what is dark data and why this simple, but highly influential concept, is widely overlooked. He also talks about the edge of the most successful quant hedge funds and why statistics is fundamentally different to mathematics. See our show notes for more information.We value your feedback and we would appreciate any suggestions for improvement. Please take our survey.
Professor Campbell Harvey is a Professor of Finance at Duke University. He has 70 thousand citations and is one of the most recognised researchers in finance. Professor Harvey spent over 33 years in academia, published over 125 papers and advised some of the largest and most influential financial institutions. In our latest episode, he shares stories and lessons he learned while studying under several Nobel laureates. He also explains why he claims that over 50% of claimed research findings in financial economics are likely false and what drives him as a scholar. Furthermore, he expands on the differences in incentives between the industry and academia and what is the likely path to recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. For links, resources and book recommendations by Prof Harvey, see our episode show notes on our website. We value your feedback and we would appreciate any suggestions for improvement. Please take our survey. 
Steve Mobbs was the co-founder of OxAM, a quantitative hedge fund that peaked at $5 billion in AUM. In this episode, Steve gives his behind the scene of the hedge fund world and expands on his experience. You will learn how and why his first fund failed and what lessons he learned from that experience. He also explains how he started OxAM and grew it from a small team with AUM of 10 million to a multi-billion dollar powerhouse with over 100 employees. Steve also goes in length to discuss the trade-offs between being small and nimble vs large and slow to adjust.For links, resources and book recommendations by Steve, see our episode show notes on our website. We value your feedback and we would appreciate any suggestions for improvement. Please take our survey.
Aaron Brown is the author of The Poker Face of Wall Street and former Chief Risk Officer at AQR. He was a top professional poker player in the 1970s and also honed his quantitative risk-taking skills in sports betting and advantage gambling. He is one of the pioneers of risk management and spent over 35 years on Wall Street as a trader, portfolio manager. In this episode, he tells us about his early days of gambling, career on Wall street, evolution in risk management, and shares his thoughts on the fund's performance during COVID-19 pandemic. For links, resources and book recommendations by Aaron, see our episode show notes on our website. We value your feedback and we would appreciate any suggestions for improvement. Please take our survey.
Francesco Filia, CEO of Fasanara Capital, started his career at J.P. Morgan and Merrill Lynch and then co-founded Fasanara Capital in 2011. In this episode, we learn about Francesco’s days on the sell-side and the underlying principles on which he built his hedge fund. He also talks about why he is bearish on the market but bullish on the economy and why he thinks VaR is a bad measure of risk what is a better one. We close by Francesco’s outlook for the asset management industry. For links, resources and book recommendations by Francesco, see our episode show notes on our website. We value your feedback and we would appreciate any suggestions for improvement. Please take our survey.
Victor Haghani has been actively involved in the market for over 35 years and was one of the founding partners of Long-Term Capital Management. LTCM was one of biggest hedge funds, with $128 billion assets, until 1998 almost collapsing and causing a global financial crisis if the Federal Reserve didn't step in. In this episode, we discuss Victor’s early days at Salomon Brothers, the launch of LTCM, and the subsequent debacle. Victor reflects on his past and discusses lessons he learned from those experiences and how his investing style changed along the way. For links, resources and book recommendations by Victor, see our episode show notes on our website. We value your feedback and we would appreciate any suggestions for improvement. Please take our survey.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Nikita Fadeev
Podcast Status
Potentially Inactive
Started
May 11th, 2020
Latest Episode
Sep 10th, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
14
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic

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