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Jul 29, 2014

Skating Over the Line

Narrow rules have a cost. Although there is value in the clarity of rule, process and position, a system must also be flexible. The world often does not operate as we want it to, but when opportunities arise, we must be ready to act.

Jul 24, 2014

Language Matters

Just how important is a common language to investing? While some investors view it as the sort of soft, fluffy stuff best left to liberal arts majors, empirically—and in our experience— it is an essential feature of high performing investment teams.

Jul 22, 2014

Fraudster Alert: 10 Ways Investors Can Avoid Being Duped

In the investment world, there is no way to avoid the occasional fraud. It is simply a numbers game. The more companies you evaluate, the more likely you are to encounter one. Moreover, it is usually difficult to detect which companies are fraudulent, as companies can have duplicitous management teams and aggressive financials without necessarily breaking the law.

Jul 18, 2014

Market Overview - Q2 2014

From our latest Investment Newsletter…

Jul 10, 2014

Look for the Baby

This past week, one of my colleagues shared a learning at our weekly research meeting. Christian and his wife, Siggi, were on vacation when Siggi unfortunately dropped her iPhone into the bath. Remarkably, the iPhone survived.  The two decided it would be a good idea to back up her data.

Jul 04, 2014

Waiting in Line: The High Cost of Red Tape

Imagine you spent 4% of your life waiting in line. Given that there are 8,765 hours in a year, this would imply that you spent 350 hours each year staring at the backs of people’s heads. Over an average adult lifetime, you could spend upwards of 22,000 hours stewing impatiently. For some, including yours truly, this sounds like a particularly severe kind of torture.

Jun 26, 2014

The Art of Survival

In life, there are those that accept diagnoses at face value, and succumb to what tradition dictates as fate, and there are those for whom they are only a guideline. While it is valuable to know what the base probabilities are within a situation, it is important to not lose sight of the influence that you can have over your own situation.

Jun 20, 2014

Free For All

Last week, Elon Musk wrote a blog post announcing that Tesla, the world’s leading electric car manufacturer, would release its patents to the public. All the patents. For free.

Jun 11, 2014

Balancing Act

After years of rising markets, it's easy to become complacent and assume there is a soft patch of green grass to cushion your fall - but this isn't necessarily true.

Jun 05, 2014

The Beginner's Mind: Why Being an Expert Can Hold You Back

Fostering a Beginner's Mind is important for any individual or team seeking to achieve optimal performance.

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