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Weekend Reads for Investors: Montier, Musk, and Mauboussin

Weekend Reads for Investors: Montier, Musk, and Mauboussin

Central bankers in the US have long fixated on the equilibrium real interest rate (ERIR) as their lodestar, an obsession that GMO’s James Montier, in The Idolatry of Interest Rates, bemoans as “a massive exercise in navel gazing.” According to Montier, the broad acceptance of the theoretically dubious ERIR — the real interest rate consistent with full employment of labor and capital resources—is not an example of the wisdom of crowds, but rather “groupthink extraordinaire.” Further, investors’ collective preoccupation with interest rates as an economic “cure-all” and their “deification of central bankers” are equally misguided, says Montier. Read more

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Book Review: The Nature of Investing

The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies through Biomimicry

Katherine Collins, CFA, urges us to transform the investment process from the roots up by drawing on biomimicry — a new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems — to help us construct our investment portfolios. Read more

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Book Review: Asset Management

Book Review: Asset Management

This highly engaging book will be warmly received by a wide audience. Anyone teaching entry-level finance should consider adopting it, and practitioners will be well rewarded by a close reading. It belongs on the front shelves of pension and endowment managers, who should read and reread the chapters on hedge funds, real estate, commodities, and private equity. Read more

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