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Announcing a new direction
0:54We’ve heard your feedback loud and clear. You love the high-quality guests and industry insights but prefer episodes that are shorter and more focused. That’s why we’ve going to be taking a short break to revamp the show’s format, aiming to debut a new and improved version of the show this fall. We want to make a show that is both entertaining and enlightening but more condensed with clearly defined takeaways. Thank you and keep following us, we will be back soon!
Worried About Inflation? We're Not Going Back to the 1970s
33:40In this conversation about the economy and monetary policy, Cheryl I. Smith, CFA, economist and portfolio manager at Trillium Asset Management, discusses the Federal Reserve’s strategy of flexible average inflation targeting, the role of Central Banks in solving social problems, and what history teaches us about tackling financial crises. ▶️ Subscribe to the Take 15 Podcast YouTube channel 📃 Transcript 📧 Email us for comments, questions, or appearance requests ___________________________________________________________________________ Episode Breakdown: 1:30 How have financial crises shaped policy and where we are today? 4:46 One piece of wisdom Cheryl would impart to investors. 7:00 Cheryl explains what prompted the major shift in the Federal Reserve and the new approach to monetary policy and why it’s significant. 11:46 Should central banks take an active role in tackling wider societal change challenges? 13:56 Lauren asks Cheryl what she will be listening for at the next Jackson Hall Conference and if she expects to hear anything different than before. 15:05 If you were the playwright, what would the narrative be in Act II? 18:16 Are we going back to the 1970s? Are we entering the post-financialization era? Are we in a new era of globalization or regionalization? 22:50 Cheryl’s origin story: how she got involved in investing and how she ended at Trillion. 27:00 Cheryl shares her approach at Trillium to socially responsible investing. 29: 15 Closing questions - One positive, long-lasting change that Cheryl hopes to see as a result of the pandemic. - What one object would Cheryl take with her on a long-duration space flight. - Flight or invisibility? ___________________________________________________________________________ Related Articles and Links: Bloomberg article FT article Cheryl’s origin story ___________________________________________________________________________ Find Cheryl here: LinkedIn Find Lauren Foster here: LinkedIn Twitter: @laurenfosternyc
What to Make of the Bond Markets?
29:46Daniela Mardarovici, CFA, Managing Director, Co-Head of US Multisector Fixed Income at Macquarie Asset Management, discusses her approach to investing and offers perspective on the bond markets and how to add value in this environment. ▶️ Subscribe to the Take 15 Podcast YouTube channel 📃 Transcript 📧 Email us for comments, questions, or appearance requests ___________________________________________________________________________ Episode Breakdown: 1:15 The journey from Moldova to the bond markets 3:07 What made Daniela fall in love with the markets 4:14 Daniela’s experience in the market over the past year 7:45 The bond market has not been following the script that we expected this summer: Daniela’s view on how we should be thinking about events now and long-term 12:20 What is Mutant Capitalism, and why should we be thinking about it? 16:51 How Daniela gets her team to think this way of standing against the tide 19:37 Why should investors own bonds, what is the role of fixed income and how do you add value in this environment? 24:14 Closing questions: 1. One long-lasting change that you hope will stick around because of the pandemic or as a result of the pandemic? 2. The one item Daniela would take with her on a long-duration space flight 3. Flight or invisibility? ___________________________________________________________________________ Find Daniela here: LinkedIn Find Lauren here: LinkedIn Twitter
The Boutique Manager Advantage
19:27David Littleton and Alex Morris co-founders of F/m Acceleration discuss the Boutique advantage, what is it like to set up your own shop, the considerations for going independent, and the skills and traits necessary for successfully managing an independent firm. ▶️ Subscribe to the Take 15 Podcast YouTube channel 📃 Transcript 📧 Email us for comments, questions, or appearance requests ___________________________________________________________________________ Episode Breakdown: 1:35 The skill sets that people need to have to be successful in going independent and what they should consider before doing so. 4:09 The natural steps that someone would need to go through to start a new boutique firm 8:20 The characteristics that they are looking for to make an investment and to support a new team and firm 11:44 How difficult is the due diligence process? 13:47 Characteristics that make boutiques better or available to create better investment outcomes? 16:41 Crucial ideas and thoughts you would like people to take away ___________________________________________________________________________ Related articles and links: F/m Acceleration ___________________________________________________________________________ Find David Littleton here: LinkedIn Find Alex Morris here: LinkedIn Find Bob Stammers, CFA here: LinkedIn Twitter Find Lauren Foster here: LinkedIn Twitter
Is the 60/40 Portfolio Dead?
41:37Sébastien Page, CFA, head of the Global Multi-Asset division at T. Rowe Price and author of “Beyond Diversification,” discusses the importance of asset allocation and diversification, why investors should go beyond diversification, and whether the 60/40 portfolio is dead. ▶️ Subscribe to the Take 15 Podcast YouTube channel: 📃 Transcript 📧 Email us for comments, questions, or appearance requests: ___________________________________________________________________________ Episode Breakdown: 1:43 Why Sébastien decided to write the book, “Beyond Diversification” 4:44 The motivation behind giving all proceeds from the book to the T. Rowe Price Foundation 5:45 Key themes that both advisors and investors can learn from the book 7:33 Why should investors go beyond diversification, and what wrong with diversification? 10:56 How can investors determine stock-bond mix? 14:13 Is the 60/40 portfolio alive or dead? 22:39 Are we paying enough attention to fat tails? 26:36 Sébastien’s tactical views on capital markets? 32:01 Sébastien’s LinkedIn view of teaching his daughter the basics of investing 34:40 Closing questions: One positive, long-lasting change that Sébastien hopes to see as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic One item Sébastien would take with him on a long-duration space flight Flight vs. invisibility? Which do you pick, and what do you do with your superpower? ___________________________________________________________________________ Related articles and links: Book: Beyond Diversification Kiplinger PIMCO Forbes Morningstar LinkedIn post Sébastien’s LinkedIn video with his daughter ___________________________________________________________________________ Find Sébastien here: LinkedIn Find Lauren here: LinkedIn Twitter
Finding a Goldilocks Solution for Remote Work
40:35In episode #466 Robert C. Pozen, a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and renowned corporate speaker on productivity, discusses his latest book, “Remote Inc.: How to Thrive at Work Wherever You Are.” He explains how employees should decide which days to come to the office and what challenges managers will face leading teams in a hybrid model. ▶️ Subscribe to the Take 15 Podcast YouTube channel 📃 Transcript 📧 Email us for comments, questions, or appearance requests ___________________________________________________________________________ Episode Breakdown: 2:43 Thrive: what the word means to Robert and a time he felt like he was thriving in his career 6:21 How Robert thrives in his personal life 7:15 Robert’s most satisfying course that he teaches and what he enjoys most in his teaching career 10:03 The financial innovation that Robert is most excited about for this year 11:08 How to boost your productivity? 15:27 Can your thinking time be part of your workout time? 16:45 Saying “no” to more things 17:59 How did Roberts new book come about 20:20 How to decide which days to come to the office and what are the challenges that managers will face when they have a hybrid team model? 25:13 Robert’s recommended strategies for a team manager to be a more effective leader 29: 14 Advice to those who aren’t the best at communication 32:35 Closing questions • What is one positive long-lasting change resulting from the pandemic? • What one item would you take with you on a NASA flight? • Flight v. invisibility: which would you choose? ___________________________________________________________________________ Related articles and links: Book: Remote Inc. Book: Extreme Productivity Goldilocks plan: “After the pandemic ends, most employees will prefer a Goldilocks plan of not too much and not too little remote work. Very few employees want to return to the office five days a week, but most employees also do not want to stay at home all the time. How should employees decide which days to come to the office? What challenges will managers face in running teams under a hybrid model?” ___________________________________________________________________________ Find Robert here: LinkedIn Twitter Find Lauren here: LinkedIn Twitter
Biodiversity Loss is a Key Risk for Investors
38:03Awareness of biodiversity loss is increasing, but climate change still dominates investors’ discourse on the environment. Joel Clement, a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, explains why we need to focus urgently on the biodiversity crisis. He also discusses why he came a whistleblower in 2017 and the aftermath of that decision. ▶️ Subscribe to the Take 15 Podcast YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA3HUMuK4FSp_CvQH_2Ji7g?app=desktop 📃 Transcript: https://cfainst.is/3g5Umcz 📧 Email us for comments, questions, or appearance requests:Take15podcast@cfainstitute.org ___________________________________________________________________________ Episode Breakdown: 2:20 What’s life like in Maine 3:55 The basics of biodiversity 7:30 The biodiversity crisis 9:16 Why the wider population needs to act on biodiversity 11:30 Joel’s decision to blow the whistle 16:39 The response after Joel blew the whistle 18:36 Was the experience of blowing the whistle lonely? 20:00 Is the word, “whistleblower” negative? 21:40 Joel’s advice to whistleblowers 22:53 What Joel has been working on over the past few years 24:00 Global implications for what is happening in the artic 25:47 Has the Biden administration gotten America back in the climate game? 27:21 America The Beautiful Report 29:33 What Joel tells the skeptics 32:49 Wrap up questions • What is one positive long-lasting change resulting from the pandemic? • What one item would you take with you on a NASA flight? • Flight v. invisibility: which would you choose? ___________________________________________________________________________ Related articles and links: UNPRI paper: https://www.unpri.org/environmental-issues/investor-action-on-biodiversity-discussion-paper/6335.article Joel’s whistleblower article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/im-a-scientist-the-trump-administration-reassigned-me-for-speaking-up-about-climate-change/2017/07/19/389b8dce-6b12-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html Joel’s resignation letter: https://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/national/read-joel-clements-resignation-letter/2566/ Joel’s recent speech where he said: “There is another crisis that gets a bit lost in all the talk of climate action, and that’s the biodiversity crisis.” https://www.pressherald.com/2021/04/23/joel-clement-keynote-speech-from-the-2021-source-awards/ Stephanie Gibaud’s comment: “This word, whistleblower, is so negative,” she said. “It’s really like radioactive when someone says he or she is a whistleblower.” https://blogs.cfainstitute.org/investor/2018/12/12/whistleblowing-the-risks-and-rewards/ Ethics learning lab: https://cfainstitute.nomadic.fm CFA report on climate change analysis: https://www.cfainstitute.org/en/research/industry-research/climate-change-analysis ___________________________________________________________________________ Find Joel here: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joelclement/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jclementmaine?lang=en Find Lauren here: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren- foster/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurenfosternyc
The Journey to Building an Expert Network
38:40Troy Lavinia, founder and CEO of Mosaic Research Management, explains what an expert network is and how analysts, portfolio managers, and other researchers use them as part of the investment process. He also discusses his decision to become and entrepreneur and build his own expert network and what he has learned along the way about building teams and systems. ▶️ Subscribe to the Take 15 Podcast YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA3HUMuK4FSp_CvQH_2Ji7g?app=desktop 📃 Transcript: https://cfainst.is/2SLGHzr 📧 Email us for comments, questions, or appearance requests:Take15podcast@cfainstitute.org ___________________________________________________________________________ Episode Breakdown: 1:15 What is an expert network? 7:26 Troy’s moment of realization and what he was doing he founded Mosaic 11:05 Doubting moments during Troy’s entrepreneurship journey 14:05 Do you have to be an optimist to be an entrepreneur 16:13 Why Troy decided to start his company 18:13 How Troy is disrupting the space now 12:09 Transcripts: Stream by Mosaic 24:20 Teams, systems, and spirituality AND artists, entrepreneurs, and employees 31:52 Troy’s recommended books 33:24 Wrap-up questions Ray of sunshine from the pandemic NASA flight – what do you take with you? Flight or invisibility? ___________________________________________________________________________ Related articles and links: Mosaic Research Management: https://mosaicrm.com/ Stream by Mosaic: https://start.mosaicrm.com/stream-try Book: The War of Art: https://stevenpressfield.com/books/the-war-of-art/ Book: Team Of Teams: https://www.amazon.com/Team-Teams-Rules-Engagement-Complex/dp/1591847486 ___________________________________________________________________________ Find Troy here: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/troylavinia/ Find Lauren here: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren- foster/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurenfosternyc
The Trouble with Stock Market Bubbles
37:42David DeRosa, author of “Bursting the Bubble: Rationality in a Seemingly Irrational Market,” a new monograph from the CFA Institute Research Foundation, discusses his conclusions on whether speculative bubbles exist in the stock market. ▶️ Subscribe to the Take 15 Podcast YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA3HUMuK4FSp_CvQH_2Ji7g?app=desktop 📃Transcript: https://cfainst.is/3bGIAUP 📧 Email us for comments, questions, or appearance requests:Take15podcast@cfainstitute.org ___________________________________________________________________________ Episode Breakdown: 1:35 David talks about the journey of writing his book 3:55 Are there no bubbles? 7:31 If they’re not bubbles, what do you call them? 8:48 Why David believe the Dutch Tulipmania was not a bubble 11:32 John Law 14:17 David taking issue with some of the most famous people in the field, specifically Robert J. Shiller 21:40 David talks about bitcoin 24:35 Is there a bubble brewing in NFTs? 26:25 Explaining the .com and housing “bubble” 30:35 Wrap-up questions - Ray of sunshine question: one positive long-lasting change David hopes to see as a result of the pandemic - One item David would take with him on a NASA flight - Flight v. Invisibility? ___________________________________________________________________________ Related articles and links: Monograph: https://www.cfainstitute.org/en/research/foundation/2021/bursting-the-bubble The book "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Extraordinary-Popular-Delusions-and-the-Madness-of-Crowds/Charles-MacKay/9781625585011 Book of photographs from Ancient Egypt: https://www.amazon.com/Images-Ancient-Egypt-David-DeRosa/dp/1364927071 ___________________________________________________________________________ Find Lauren here: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren- foster/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurenfosternyc
Is a Hybrid Model the Future of Work?
30:34Rebecca Fender, CFA, co-author of a new report, "Future of Work in Investment Management: Context, Content, and Culture," shares some findings from a recent survey of investment professionals as well as conclusions for what this means for where, what, and how work gets done. She also discusses building trust and the relationship between working from home and maintaining a high-performance culture. ____ ► Subscribe to the Take 15 Podcast YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA3HUMuK4FSp_CvQH_2Ji7g?app=desktop ►Transcript: https://cfainst.is/3xOkeSq ►Email us for comments, questions, or appearance requests:Take15podcast@cfainstitute.org ____ Topics discussed: 2:11 What Rebecca has learned from the new report, "The Future of Work in Investment Management” 4:54 Understanding what a hybrid work model is 6:24 The response from the investment management industry 8:38 Is there a potential for tension between what employees want and what employers want? 10:34 The future of work travel and what are the extrinsic and intrinsic motivations? 15:11 New skills that workers need to acquire to thrive in a new work environment 17:13 Can high performance culture exist in a hybrid work model? 19:04 The challenge of building and rebuilding trust with employees 22:50 What Rebecca has enjoyed about having more time at home and what she misses about coming to the office. 26:22 Wrap up questions -Ray of sunshine -NASA -Flight vs. Invisibility ____ Related articles and links: Future of Work Executive Summary https://www.cfainstitute.org/en/research/survey-reports/future-of-work 2020 Earning Investors' Trust https://www.cfainstitute.org/en/research/survey-reports/2020-earning-investors-trust 2020 Future of Sustainability in Investment Report Managementhttps://www.cfainstitute.org/en/research/survey-reports/future-of-sustainability Article: “WFH Not Conducive to ‘High-Performance Culture’: BlackRock CEO” https://www.ignites.com/c/3127684/394794 CFA Institute members and charterholders Professional Learning Tracker https://cpd.cfainstitute.org/ ____ Find Rebecca here: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccafender/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/rebeccafender?lang=en Find Lauren here: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren- foster/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurenfosternyc