Top Podcasts of the Week

Below is our “Top Podcast” list with our curator, Colby Donovan!

Today we have GMO’s Ben Inker on value stocks, Ray Dalio on how he views the world today, and an episode on Vanguard’s curious entrance into the private equity space.

  • SALT Talks: The Hedge Fund Comeback: Steve Cohen, Ilana Weinstein, Dmitry Balyasny & Mike Rockefeller. Barry Ritholtz moderates a star-studded panel about the current state of the hedge fund industry. They touch on the difference between small and large funds and the LP’s perspective when analyzing where to allocate funds. They spend a large amount of time on attracting and developing talent and creating an environment in which people want to work, which has become more difficult for firms with the shift to remote work. [September 30, 2021–40 minutesiTunes Podcast | Spotify | Google
  • SALT Talks: Ray Dalio on Changing World Order: Current Economic & Geopolitical Challenges. Bridgewater Associates’ Ray Dalio shares what major themes he sees today, how he believes they fit into historical context, and what it may mean for financial markets. He also touches on where he thinks gold and crypto fit in investor’s portfolios, the societal implications of where the U.S. is today, and his thoughts on China. [September 30, 2021–40 minutesiTunes Podcast | Spotify | Google
  • Excess Returns: Dispelling Myths in the Value vs. Growth Debate with GMO’s Ben Inker. GMO’s Head of Asset Allocation Ben Inker discusses topics covered in his recent quarterly letter, most notably why he believes the value rebound that has faded wasn’t just a head fake. Inker walks through the types of environments that have been conducive for value outperformance in the past, why he believes today is different from 2000, and why, sometimes, novices can have an advantage over experienced professionals. [September 26, 2021–59 minutesiTunes Podcast | Spotify | Google | Breaker | Website Link
  • Bogleheads On Investing Podcast: Episode 038: Ted Aronson. Aronson joins host Rick Ferri for a candid discussion about Vanguard’s plan to include private equity in individual retirement accounts, something they are absolutely not a fan of. They look back at what both David Swensen and Jack Bogle have said and why this decision contradicts Vanguard’s decision to have individuals invest in private equity. They also talk about the operational difficulties to put so much money to work in private equity and also earn enough to make it worthwhile. [September 28, 2021–52 minutesiTunes Podcast | Spotify | Google | Breaker | Website Link
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  • #354 — Shawn Merani, Parade Ventures — The Seed And Pre-Seed Stage, You’re Betting On People. Shawn Merani is the founder and Managing Partner of Parade Ventures, a pre-seed & seed stage-focused venture capital firm, and an investor in companies like Dollar Shave Club, Cruise, & Stance. He walks us through what it was like to launch what he called a “venture partner program on steroids” on AngelList years ago. He shares his investment philosophy and why he focuses mainly on both the consumer and enterprise space. Shawn and Meb chat about some names, including Inkbox, Homelister, and a company providing software to veterinarians. [September 27, 2021–62 minutesiTunes Podcast | Spotify | Google | Breaker | Website Link
  • #355 — Sheel Mohnot, Better Tomorrow Ventures — We Think That We’re In The Very Early Innings of Fintech. Sheel Mohnot is the co-founder of Better Tomorrow Ventures, a fintech-focused VC fund focused on pre-seed and seed companies around the globe. Sheel starts the episode by explaining why he’s so bullish on the fintech space and focuses so much on the founders at the seed stage. Then he shares what it was like to raise a fund during COVID. He walks through some of the investments he’s made to date and what piqued his interest in each. At the end of the episode, he talks about the opportunities for fintech companies in both Africa and Latin America. [September 29, 2021–62 minutesiTunes Podcast | Spotify | Google | Breaker | Website Link


Good investing,
Meb Faber