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Debunk investing myths, decode pitches, break down marketing strategies from investment firms, and conduct due diligence on alternative assets in conversation with leading independent experts, authors and academics.

No sales pitch. No marketing. No BS.

George Aliferis, CAIA and his guests are on a mission to support the true democratisation of investing.
Past episodes include: Private Equity, Venture Capital, Hedge Funds, Quants, ETFs and index funds, investment technology

A podcast by http://orama.tv
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Debunk investing myths, decode pitches, break down marketing strategies from investment firms, and conduct due diligence on alternative assets in conversation with leading independent experts, authors and academics.

No sales pitch. No marketing. No BS.

George Aliferis, CAIA and his guests are on a mission to support the true democratisation of investing.
Past episodes include: Private Equity, Venture Capital, Hedge Funds, Quants, ETFs and index funds, investment technology

A podcast by http://orama.tv
Also on YouTube

    The Strong Returns of Investing in US Financial History - with Author Mark J. Higgins

    The Strong Returns of Investing in US Financial History - with Author Mark J. Higgins

    George Aliferis and Mark J. Higgins discuss the evolution of the U.S. financial system over the past 230 years, from Alexander Hamilton's foundational contributions to RoaringKitty's Gamestop disruption. They explore the notion of financial progress, the cycles of regulation, what's missing from financial education and advice and how investors can profit from history.


    Order Investing in US Financial History: https://www.amazon.com/Investing-U-S-Financial-History-Understanding/

    TO GO FURTHER
    🧑🏽‍🎓 Alternative Investments Course: https://bit.ly/Alts_Invest
    📩 Newsletter on Democratization of Alternatives: https://bit.ly/3AxnyTY
    🎧Listen to the podcast: https://pod.link/1511595070

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    TIMESTAMPS
    00:00 Introduction: What's the point in studying financial history?
    01:46 The Legacy of Alexander Hamilton
    04:00 The Impact of Hamilton's Death and Early Central Banking
    05:35 Crypto and the Importance of Central Banking
    07:31 Regulation and Market Dynamics
    07:31 Regulation and Market Manipulation
    11:52 A quote from Eric BALCHUNAS, The Bogle Effect
    12:14 Private Assets and Market Cycles
    14:52 A quote from Athanasios PSAROFAGIS, Bloomberg ETF
    16:39 A quote from Edward CHANCELLOR, The Price of Time
    17:03 The Role of Education in Financial Literacy
    17:05 A quote from Bill KELLY, CAIA
    21:36 Simplifying Portfolios: Mark Higgins's Personal Journey
    26:47 The Value of Historical Perspective in Financial Markets
    30:45 A quote from Dan DAVIES, Lying for Money
    33:38 The Importance of Long-Term Investing and Education

    • 42 min
    The Greatest Example of Fund Marketing: Blackstone's BREIT

    The Greatest Example of Fund Marketing: Blackstone's BREIT

    Exposing the Real Story Behind Blackstone's Real Estate Income Trust (BREIT)
    Join us as we delve deep into the complexities surrounding Blackstone's Real Estate Income Trust (BREIT), the potential financial reckonings and the broader marketing implications for the democratization of alternative assets.

    I'm revisiting a previous episode with Phil Bak following recent press about the fund and a revelation: the fund doesn't make financial sense - it makes MARKETING sense!

    REFERENCES
    Business Insider: https://www.businessinsider.com/blackstone-breit-commercial-real-estate-fund-misled-investors-private-equity-2024-5
    New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/07/business/dealbook/blackstone-breit-fund-debate.html
    ▶️ Full conversation with Phil Bak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oQKNcov-7I
    ▶️ BREIT short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBzk9HnpH2o

    TO GO FURTHER
    🧑🏽‍🎓 Alternative Investments Course: https://bit.ly/Alts_Invest
    📩 Newsletter on Democratization of Alternatives: https://bit.ly/3AxnyTY
    Listen to the podcast: https://pod.link/1511595070

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    #Blackstone #BREIT #RealEstate #PrivateEquity

    TIMESTAMPS
    0:00 BREIT full
    00:24 BREIT's significance beyond its size and profitability
    02:22 Interview with Phil Bak in 2023
    02:36 The issues and outlook for BREIT
    04:00 BREIT and the extraordinary University of California deal
    04:59 BREIT's liquidity issue
    07:42 Zooming on BREIT's NAV
    09:10 Tackling misconceptions about liquidity
    11:15 Are public valuations stupid?
    13:01 BREIT doesn't make financial sense
    14:57 BREIT is about marketing and user experience
    16:43 The missing reference: Netflix's House of Cards

    • 19 min
    Private Equity: Everything you thought you knew about it is probably wrong | Ludovic Phalippou - Oxford University

    Private Equity: Everything you thought you knew about it is probably wrong | Ludovic Phalippou - Oxford University

    Discover the untold truths of the private equity world in this eye-opening episode, featuring Ludovic Phalippou, a renowned professor of financial economics at Oxford University Saïd Business School. Unpack the complex realities of private equity, from misconceptions about past performance to the intricacies of fee structures. Ludovic, known as the "bete noire" of private equity, alongside host George Aliferis, delves deep into the industry's practices, educational challenges, and the urgent need for clearer regulation.



    On YouTube: https://youtu.be/WKSWrjssSAM

    REFERENCES
    ▶️The Book: Private Equity Laid Bare https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08T7D4ZQ2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&linkCode=sl1&tag=pelaidbare21-21&linkId=5a158a6c37f97026d9c4da65bfd68a8d&language=en_GB&ref_=as_li_ss_tl
    ▶️The Website: https://pelaidbare.com/
    ▶️ Follow Ludovic on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ludovic-phalippou-5488b147/

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    Ludovic specialises in private equity and asset management.
    Ludovic is the author of the bestseller 'Private Equity Laid Bare', and professor of Financial Economics at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He specialises in private market investments with a focus on fee tracking, interest alignment, and return benchmarking.
    Named as one of 'The 40 Most Outstanding Business School Profs Under 40 in the World' in 2014, and as one of the 20 most influential individuals in private equity in Europe in 2016, Ludovic has strong links with senior practitioners in the industry, routinely speaks at practitioner conferences, and appears in the media internationally. Ludovic’s research papers have been widely cited in academia, in the press, and in regulatory circles.
    Ludovic's paper 'How alternative are private markets?' is one of three 2018 recipients of the Jack Treynor Prize, sponsored by the Q-Group. The Treynor Prize recognises superior academic working papers with potential applications in the fields of investment management and financial markets.
    Ludovic achieved a degree in Economics from Toulouse School of Economics; a Master in Economics and a Master in Mathematical Finance both from the University of Southern California; and a PhD in Finance from INSEAD.

    TO GO FURTHER
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    TIMESTAMP

    00:00 Teaser
    00:26 Introducing Ludovic Phalippou: The Private Equity "Bete Noire"?
    01:38 Is it Barbarians at the Gate
    03:45 The Complex World of Private Equity Returns
    04:54 Education in Private Equity: Bridging the Gap
    07:02 The Misleading Metrics of Private Equity Performance
    12:49 The Challenge of Teaching Private Equity Authentically
    16:11 The Importance of Critical Thinking in Private Equity Education
    20:13 Advocating for a Balanced Perspective in Private Equity
    22:03 Unpacking the Realities of Private Equity
    22:51 The Misconceptions and Myths of Private Equity Performance
    23:49 The Academic Challenge in Private Equity Education
    24:38 The Impact of Practitioners in Academia on Private Equity Understanding
    25:16 The Need for a Shift in Private Equity Education
    26:58 Personal Anecdotes Highlighting the Importance of Education in Private Equity
    30:24 Misleading Financial Representations and the Need for Regulation
    34:38 The Complex World of Private Equity Fees Explained
    39:54 Concluding Thoughts on the Future of Private Equity Education

    • 41 min
    The Bogle Effect: ETFs, Passive Investing & New Era of Investing - Eric Balchunas

    The Bogle Effect: ETFs, Passive Investing & New Era of Investing - Eric Balchunas

    We uncover the massive impact Jack Bogle, the titan of the investing industry, had in reshaping the investing landscapes for the better, with Eric Balchunas author of the book 'The Bogle Effect.' From revolutionizing low-cost index investing, the birth of the RIA movement, to setting the stage for the future of asset management – learn how Bogle has truly changed the game and continues to influence trends today.

    Watch it on YouTube: https://pod.link/1511595070

    REFERENCES
    ▶️The book: The Bogle Effect: How John Bogle and Vanguard Turned Wall Street Inside Out and Saved Investors Trillionshttps://www.amazon.com/Bogle-Effect-Vanguard-Investors-Trillions/dp/1637740719
    ▶️ Follow Eric on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EricBalchunas

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    ERIC BALCHUNAS is a senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg, where he has over a decade of experience working with ETF data, designing new functions and writing ETF research for the Bloomberg terminal. He also writes articles, feature stories and blog posts on ETFs for Bloomberg.com and appears each week on Bloomberg TV and Radio to discuss ETFs.
    You can find his articles here: http://www.bloomberg.com/authors/ADUgYkp2OlE/eric-balchunas

    TO GO FURTHER
    🧑🏽‍🎓 Alternative Investments Course: https://bit.ly/Alts_Invest
    📩 Join the newsletter: https://bit.ly/3AxnyTY

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    TIMESTAMPS
    0:00 Eric Balchunas
    00:38 Who is Jack Bogle?
    01:12 The Bogle Effect and its Impact on the Industry
    01:28 The Spread of Passive Investment in Europe
    02:50 The Story Behind the Book 'The Bogle Effect'
    04:27 The Trillions Saved by Bogle's Approach
    06:30 The Impact of Vanguard and Bogle on Other Funds
    07:25 Bogle's Vision and Legacy
    11:04 The Contrast Between Bogle and Wall Street
    14:47 The Rise of Index Funds and the Role of Vanguard
    15:44 The Long Road to Low-Cost Index Funds
    20:10 The Long Road of Investment
    20:54 The Impact of Bogle's Persistence
    21:20 The Evolution of Investment Culture
    21:43 The Challenges of Changing the System
    22:48 The Birth of the RIA Movement
    24:12 The Shift in Advisor Payment Models
    26:03 The Influence of Behavior and Philosophy
    26:25 The Power of Staying the Course
    26:55 The Concept of 'Enough' and its Impact
    32:08 The Vanguard Brand and its Impact
    37:53 The Future of Asset Management
    40:35 The Legacy of Bogle

    • 46 min
    The Quant Revolution: Jim Simons & Renaissance Technologies with the Author of "The Man Who Solved Wall Street" - Greg Zuckerman, WSJ

    The Quant Revolution: Jim Simons & Renaissance Technologies with the Author of "The Man Who Solved Wall Street" - Greg Zuckerman, WSJ

    A conversation with Gregory Zuckerman, an award-winning writer for The Wall Street Journal and author of "The Man Who Solved Wall Street". We dive deep into the world of quant investing, exploring the journey of renowned mathematician, investor, and Founder of Renaissance Technologies, Jim Simons, together with his extraordinary team. 



    Watch it on YouTube https://youtu.be/_5JkBUeLOLQ
    REFERENCES
    ▶️The book: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-man-who-solved-the-market/gregory-zuckerman/9780241309735
    ▶️Greg's website: https://www.gregoryzuckerman.com/
    ▶️ Follow Greg on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gzuckerman?

    TO GO FURTHER
    🧑🏽‍🎓 Alternative Investments Course: https://bit.ly/Alts_Invest
    📩 Join the newsletter: https://bit.ly/3AxnyTY

    TIMESTAMPS
    00:00 Introducing Greg Zuckerman
    02:19 Jim Simons: The Man Behind the Quant Revolution
    04:00 Jim Simons' Management Skills
    05:19 The Uniqueness of Jim Simons' Investment Approach
    06:35 The Importance of Limiting Fund Size
    09:37 The Human Element in Quantitative Investing
    14:56 The Role of Data in Quantitative Investing
    19:09 The Current State of Quantitative Investing
    19:23 A Definition of Quants from Billions
    22:26 Is AI the Future of Quantitative Investing or just a Variation
    29:41 Beyond Investing The Importance of Systematizing Decision-Making
    37:11 Conclusion: An Amazing Book for Everyone Interested in Quant, But Also Extraordinary Human Achievements

    • 38 min
    Private Equity: Debunking the Myths | Trym Riksen - Gabler

    Private Equity: Debunking the Myths | Trym Riksen - Gabler

    George Aliferis sits down with Trym Riksen, Head of Portfolio Management at Gabler, to debunk the myths surrounding private equity. They dive into the narrative that private equity offers high returns with low volatility and discuss the reality behind these claims. Trym provides insights into the limitations of private equity data, and the challenges of comparing it to listed assets They also explore the influence of marketing and the democratization of private equity. An eye-opening discussion that separates fact from fiction in the world of private equity.

    Watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/a0Ag6D0erP0

    LINKS
    ▶️Trym on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trym-riksen-6580952/
    ▶️The CEM Benchmarks: https://www.cembenchmarking.com/
    ▶️Ludovic Phalippou's book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Private-Equity-Laid-Ludovic-Phalippou/dp/B08T7D4ZQ2
    ▶️Meb Faber study on CalPers: https://mebfaber.com/2023/11/08/should-calpers-fire-everyone-and-just-buy-some-etfs/
    ▶️Gabler: https://gabler.no/
    ▶️Spreadsheet with an example of IRR:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qS-CeTR4V5LdC4ti51IOFIBU1sc-adeG2Zf-i_X4RRU/edit?usp=sharing

    TIMESTAMPS
    00:00 Private Equity Marketing with Trym Riksen
    00:55 Discussion on Blackstone's Holiday Video
    01:49 The Founding Myth: The Yale Endowment returns
    03:15 The misleading nature of Private Equity return figures
    06:23 The reality of Private Equity volatility
    14:00 The truth about Private Equity diversification
    17:11 Private Equity's power of influence
    24:48 The role of advisors in Private Equity
    29:21 Thoughts on the democratization of Private Equity
    31:36 Conclusion and final thoughts

    IMPORTANT NOTE: There are risks associated with investing in securities.
    Investing in stocks, bonds, exchange-traded funds, mutual funds, and money market funds involve risk of loss. Loss of principal is possible. Some high-risk investments may use leverage, which will accentuate gains & losses. Foreign investing involves special risks, including greater volatility and political, economic and currency risks and differences in accounting methods.
    A security’s or a firm’s past investment performance is not a guarantee or predictor of future investment performance.

    • 32 min

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