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Author: Damian Handzy

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The podcast for the adaptable investor. Investigating the financial markets through the eyes of a (somewhat) recovered physicist who started Wall Street's first cloud-based financial technology firm. Expect more psychology than physics, more behavioral economics than traditional economics, and more art than engineering. If you're ready to question some of your pre-conceived notions, explore the inner working of investing and hear how professionals think about markets, come join me on this not-so-random walk down Wall Street…
10 Episodes
How can we use all the fascinating lessons about our hidden biases to actually make better investment decisions? What are the most common psychology and bias-based mistakes investors make, and how can behavioral economics help us avoid them? Join me and Clare Flynn Levy, Founder and CEO of Essentia Analytics, as we discuss how her firm helps traders and portfolio manager identify and then reverse their worst habits. Mentioned in the show:Thinking Fast and Slow by one of the godfathers of Behavioral Finance, Dan KahnemanHow to Decide by the amazing Annie DukeThink Again by  Adam GrantNudge by Nobel Laureate and author Richard Thaler Ray DalioMichael Mauboussin, former chair of the board of trustees of the Santa Fe Institute
ESG is all about the data. My guests explore what people are doing with ESG data, how the data is sourced, and how investors can beat the market with ESG. My guests for this episode are:Lisa Conner, Head of North American Client Services at RIMES,Jeremy Baksht, Chief Growth Officer at Gourmet Growth, andBill Haney, Chairperson at Alva  
Data is the lifeblood of investment research and of making investments that beat the market. This episode's guests are all data experts:Lisa Conner, Head of North American Client Services at RIMES,Jeremy Baksht, Chief Growth Officer at Gourmet Growth, andBill Haney, Chairperson at Alva  
In this episode, I speak with our new Private Equity owner and our new CEO about the plans to bring Style Analytics into Investment Metrics:Frank Benford's (counter-intuitive) Law of first digits. Here's a more mathematical treatment of Benford's Law.Adi Filipovic, Managing Director of Private Equity Firm Resurgens Technology PartnersBrent Burns, CEO of Investment MetricsHorizon Capital, which sold Style Analytics to Investment Metrics
Irrationally Valuable

Irrationally Valuable


Markets can be irrational a long time, and we've been witnessing that over the past few years with Value stocks underperforming Growth and Tech stocks. But the tide may have turned, and Kate Mead is here to help us understand why Value is doing well and should do well over the next several years.Mentioned in the Show:My guest Kate Mead - Institutional Equity Portfolio Manager, MFS Investment ManagementJohn Maynard Keynes - British economist immortalized by his observation that "the market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent."David Aspell - Portfolio Manager at Mount Lucas ManagementMy factor investing research partner Jim MonroeOur research on how factor perform in US ElectionsIntangibles and how to measure ValueMean Reversion - the most misunderstood and misinterpreted concept in investing.
Finding ESG Momentum

Finding ESG Momentum


Figuring out which companies will profit from ESG is all the rage, and my guest, Jacob Gemmel, has a promising approach: start with a fundamental Quality assessment of stocks and disqualify any company that does not have forward motion on improving ESG from both an operational and product perspective. Join me in learning how Swedbank Robur invests for the long term and turns upward ESG momentum into long-term outperformance.Related links mentioned in the episode:SwedbankRoburJacob GemmelUN Sustainable Development GoalsBriant Matthews LinkedInBriant Matthews BookBriant Matthews ResearchMorgan Housel LinkedInMorgan Housel blogMorgan Housel bookMichael Mauboussin LinkedInMichael Mauboussin Website
Momentum and Bubbles

Momentum and Bubbles


Momentum traders make money violating the first principle of investing: previous performance is not indicative of future returns. As it turns out, what did well yesterday and the day before actually IS more likely to do well today. And Momentum traders, also known as Trend Followers, take advantage of that fact. But such trading, en masse, can lead to price bubbles. Join me and renowned Trend Follower Dr. Kathryn Kaminski as we explore how Momentum traders think about markets and when this strategy works the best.Mentioned in this episode:Dutch Tulip BubbleDr. Kaminski's book: Trend Following with Managed FuturesMIT Professor Andrew LoStocks and ElectionsMarkets' signals pre-Brexit
Pension Funds have to be very careful in picking fund managers - they often invest for the long haul and compounding returns are great if the returns are good, but the lost opportunity is painful if money is left on the table every year. Sweden's AP1, which manages 366B SEK (39B USD), has developed a robust and mature approach to selecting the best managers and I sat down with Majdi Chammas, Head of Equities at their External Partnership and Innovation team, to dig into what matters to them and why.Mentioned in the show:AP1 - AP1's website is here and their LinkedIn profile is here.Majdi Chammas - you can find him on LinkedIn hereTOBAM - you can find there website here and their LinkedIn profile here. Bridgewater - you can find their website here. ESG - here are links to some of Style Analytics' ESG services and our partner firms Sustainalytics, MSCI, ISS ESG and Trucost.Style Analytics
Value investing – buying stocks that the markets price below their intrinsic worth – is a time-honored and proven investment strategy. So why has it done some poorly over the past five years and especially now?  Growth investing is relatively newer and has been on a tear. Is there any reason to believe it would slow down?Mentioned in this episode:Mount Lucas Asset ManagementTim Rudderow and David AspellValue and Growth Factor InvestingDelta Airlines and Brinker International (trading under 'EAT')
An introduction to the ideas behind this podcast, to the Reverend Thomas Bayes, why this podcast is named "What's Your Prior," and to your host, Damian Handzy.  This is a good place for an intro, especially if you've joined in the middle of the series, to get some background on the podcast series, before going to the most recent episode.Mentioned in this episode:Bayesian Thinking (these two videos - video1 and video2 - have good examples)Alan Turing (not mentioned but worth visiting - Blechley Park where Alan Turing cracked the enigma machine's code)Behavioral EconomicsComplexity Science (the world's premier institute for Complexity Science is in Santa Fe, New Mexico)Medical Example of Bayes's Theorem in action and another example.
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