There’s never been so much to read at any point in the history of this humanity, but there’s also never been a time where there’s been so little worth reading. Sure, I know, I sound like every other pretentious asshole on the internet with a douchey, bullshit opening like that. But hear me out. Prelude… Continue reading Everything is content and everything is shit
A passive investor at present who was actively scammed once. Seduced by the humble beta, preaching to the choir now.
What the hell is ESG?
The best way through bullshit was to wade in, hold your nose with one hand and a grenade in the other, and cut straight to it. Alexandra Bracken In the past couple of decades, there have been several megatrends in asset management like the rise of index funds, target-date funds, thematic funds, smart-beta funds 🤮,… Continue reading What the hell is ESG?
Personal Finance: The rise of the quacks
The good thing about the internet is that it gave everyone a voice. The bad thing is that everyone now has a voice. What do you get when everyone has a voice? An age of abundance, an abundance of, for the lack of a stronger word, horseshit! This is also an age of bullshit, the… Continue reading Personal Finance: The rise of the quacks
Enough with the Robinhood traders nonsense
We human beings are suckers for good stories. This how we make sense of the world. We are hardwired to seek patterns where none might exist. Stories are also how we sell things that otherwise people wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole, toxic insurance polices being a prime example. It’s absolutely brilliant how we neatly… Continue reading Enough with the Robinhood traders nonsense
Will the real advisors please stand up?
Gentlewomen and men, I’ve been around here for a long time and I’ve been around the block a few times. I was there when the first barter trade took place, a porcupine was exchanged for two goats and 1.2 meters of satin loincloth. When people were freaking about this Corona crash, I was laughing my… Continue reading Will the real advisors please stand up?
Franklin Templeton’s lucky streak continues
When it rains, it really does pour. Ever since Franklin Templeton’s fateful decision to shut down those six debt fund schemes, things have gone from worse to woreset for the fund house. First, they couldn’t handle the surging redemptions, so they decided to shut down the schemes. Then Jennifer Johnson, Franklin’s global head, decided to blame… Continue reading Franklin Templeton’s lucky streak continues
A gaggle of links: matters of debate
Anish Does Covid-19 Prove the Stock Market is Inefficient – Ben Carlson/AWOCS Is (Systematic) Value Investing Dead? – Cliff Asness/AQR Is Market-Cap Weighting a Momentum Strategy in Disguise – Ben Johnson/Morningstar Quantitative Easing, MMT, and Inflation/Deflation: A Primer – Lyn Alden Mr. Boiling Frog The Agony Of Being A Franklin Templeton FoF Investor – MF… Continue reading A gaggle of links: matters of debate
What the hell is going on with debt mutual funds?
I wrote this post with my thoughts on the whole Franklin India debt schemes fiasco. But since then, there’s been more action in debt funds. I still can’t get over the fact that these damn things are supposed to be boring. Debt is supposed to the thing that allows you to sleep at night peacefully,… Continue reading What the hell is going on with debt mutual funds?
Never a dull moment
Another day and another fiasco in debt funds. Ever since the IL&FS crisis, debt mutual funds have been going through an intense trial by fire. The number of defaults, downgrades and bust-ups have been astounding. Remember, debt is supposed to be an asset class that’s supposed to provide safety and stability in your portfolio. But… Continue reading Never a dull moment