Update 3: EV Conversion at 90%
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by Barry Ritholtz
18h ago
     Hey, it’s been a few months since my last update, so I thought I would share some of the amazing progress we have made over the past three months. To start with, the electric motor and batteries are in. It’s been quite a process, and as you can see above the car drives. We got here via a series of new installations, additions, updates, and improvements: The key installed components include the motor, batteries, software, gauges, transmission, and charge port. ~~~ Let’s start with the Fellten motor: 440 HP of EV power: A better angle from underneath shows the size of this monst ..read more
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10 Weekend Reads
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by Barry Ritholtz
2d ago
The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of  coffee, grab a seat by the fire, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads: • He Loves Speed, Hates Bureaucracy and Told Ferrari: Go Faster: A tech executive with a new management strategy took the wheel of the luxury carmaker. Then it was off to the races. (Wall Street Journal) • Boeing’s problems were as bad as you thought: Experts and whistleblowers testified before Congress today. The upshot? “It was all about money.” (Vox) • 15 Ideas from Seth Klarman’s Margin of Safety (Part 1): Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thought ..read more
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MiB: Ashish Shah, CIO, Public Investing, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
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by Barry Ritholtz
3d ago
     This week, we speak with Ashish Shah, Chief Investment Officer, Public Investing, Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Previously, he was co-head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management LP’s global fixed income and liquidity solutions business, and serves as global head of GSAM’s cross-sector strategy and as a member of the fixed income strategy group. Prior to joining the firm, Shah was chief investment officer for global credit and head of fixed income for AllianceBernstein LP, where he oversaw all credit-related strategies. Shah was previously managing director and head of global cred ..read more
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At the Money: Closet Indexing
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by Barry Ritholtz
5d ago
     At The Money: Andrew Slimmon on Closet Indexing  (April 17, 2024) Are your expensive active mutual funds and ETFs actually active? Or, as is too often the case, are they only pretending to be active? Do they charge a high active fee but then behave more like an index fund? If so, you are the victim of closet indexing. We discuss the best ways to avoid the funds that charge high fees but fail to provide the benefits of active management. Full transcript below. ~~~ About this week’s guest: Andrew Slimmon is Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, and ..read more
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Transcript: Samara Cohen, Blackrock ETF CIO
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by Barry Ritholtz
6d ago
     The transcript from this week’s, MiB: Samara Cohen, CIO, Blackrock ETF & Index Investments, is below. You can stream and download our full conversation, including any podcast extras, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, and Bloomberg. All of our earlier podcasts on your favorite pod hosts can be found here.     ~~~   Bloomberg Audio Studios, podcasts, radio News. This is Masters in business with Barry Ritholtz on Bloomberg Radio. Barry Ritholtz: This week on the podcast, I have an extra special guest. Samara Cohen is, wow, what a career. She has Chief In ..read more
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10 Sunday Reads
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by Barry Ritholtz
1w ago
Avert your eyes! My Sunday morning look at incompetency, corruption and policy failures: • The Rise Of The Bee Bandits: Where once there was cattle and horse rustling, the American West is now confronting the theft of its bees. (NOEMA) • Why car insurance rates are so high: You’re paying a lot more for car insurance than you were in 2020. Here’s why. (Vox) see also Insurers Are Spying on Your Home From the Sky: Companies are using drones to check out roofs or to spot yard debris and undeclared trampolines. (Wall Street Journal) • As Kushner’s Investment Firm Steps Out, the Potential ..read more
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Update: At the Money
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by Barry Ritholtz
1w ago
  I wanted to share a few thoughts about the new podcast we formally launched in December of last year, At the Money. The idea behind the show: Short, focused conversations with experts about any and all issues that affect you and your money, from spending it to investing it. Think of it as a guided tour of key ideas, sherpaed with the experts who I believe add enormous value to our understanding of how humans do behave — and should behave — around money. By short, I mean 10-minutes (15 tops) or a 1,000-2,000 word transcript that takes even less time to read. Currently, it’s part of the ..read more
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10 Weekend Reads
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by Barry Ritholtz
1w ago
The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of  coffee, grab a seat outside, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads: • This is the most consequential technology in America: (Spoiler alert: It’s YouTube.) It’s the most popular social app and music service, the healthiest economy on the internet and AI training fuel. (Washington Post) • What I Learned from Daniel Kahneman. What’s the best way to get better investment returns? Should you study markets more deeply and analyze every asset more carefully? Should you try to anticipate other people’s mistakes and exploit their stupidit ..read more
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MiB: Samara Cohen, CIO, Blackrock ETF & Index Investments
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by Barry Ritholtz
1w ago
     This week, we speak with Samara Cohen, senior managing director at BlackRock, and chief investment officer of the firm’s ETF & Index Investments, running about $6.6 trillion in client assets. She is also a member of BlackRock’s Global Executive Committee and its investment and talent subcommittees. Cohen is also the Global Executive Committee’s sponsor for BlackRock’s Women’s Initiative & Allies Network and a member of the Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee. She was previously a managing director in the securities division of Goldman Sachs Group I ..read more
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A Short History of Stocks
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by Barry Ritholtz
1w ago
    Confused about where we are today? A favorite exercise is to go back to first principles to consider how we got to where we are. (That is a favorite way to find fresh insights). On the equity side, you have to go back a century or so. Equities were considered speculative endeavors, best suited for gamblers and punters. The exceptions? A handful of “Widows & Orphan” stocks, like Ma Bell, some railroads, utilities and the rare bank that was not suffering regular runs. There were no disclosure rules, insider trading was rampant, and market manipulation the norm. Trading syndica ..read more
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