Venture Catastrophists

“All of history and all of life is stuffed full of the unexpected and the unthinkable.”

– Peter Bernstein


Bain’s 2023 Global Private Equity report looks at the state of the industry, which is at a “pause” since the Fed began raising interest rates in mid-2022.  They cover some key trends that are changing the private equity landscape, including:

  • The real and imagined impact of web3 on investment markets

  • The drive for individual or retail capital by GPs

  • What the great energy transition really means for investors

  • The impact of persistent inflation on private equity portfolios

Bridgewater’s newest co-CIO, Karen Karniol-Tambour shares why she believes we’ve entered a new paradigm where deflationary impulses are fading while inflationary forces are rising, and the implications for global markets (34 minutes). Link

The PBS Frontline documentary, “Age of Easy Money” looks at how the US went from the Great Financial Crisis to the recent events with Silicon Valley Bank. It features the likes of Jeremy Grantham, Jim Chanos, Central Bankers, and more (2 hours). Link

Scott Galloway’s take on Silicon Valley Bank & Venture Catastrophists. Link

Scott Sumner on the wrong way to think about moral hazard. Link

GaveKal showing bank deposit rates have lagged the rise in the Fed Funds rate.


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Cliff Asness on Quant Value Investing[3/17/23 – 113 minutes]Apple | Spotify | Google

Cliff Asness shares why he likes the combining value and momentum, why sometimes it’s fine to sin a little, why trend-following is a great diversifier, and more. 

Serial entrepreneur & investor Joe Lonsdale shares what led him to become a co-founder of Palantir & Addepar, what factors lead to innovation vs stagnation, monopoly power in healthcare, and where he sees opportunities to invest today.

Financial historian Edward Chancellor discusses the banking crisis and the common thread across the financial stresses around the world: rising interest rates to tackle inflation.

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