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Capital Allocators Monthly - April 2021

May 2, 2021
Hello Fellow Listeners, As spring arrives, so too did the length of my reading list.  This was the hardest month I remember just five readings to share. Onwards! Announcements Premium Sample - Concentration vs. Diversification.  My journey in SPACs led to this framework of thinking about when to concentrate and when to diversify. Premium subscribers […]
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Don't Be So Short Term

David Swensen walks into the office every day embodying Yale’s perpetual time horizon. The way he instills and reinforces that mindset is one of his many unique skills. Shortly after I left Yale and had a summer job at Brahman Capital, I was taking in a ball game in the old Shea Stadium with Yale’s […]
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Concentration vs. Diversification

April 24, 2021
Earlier this week, I rotated the lion’s share of my SPAC portfolio to concentrate in three names from two sponsors – Chamath Palihapitiya (IPOD and IPOF) and Jason Karp (HMCO). I also tightened the selection of warrants to focus only on those most likely to make a bang with a merger announcement. The evolution of […]
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Stay in the Game

April 10, 2021
Ari Paul and Matthew Goetz at crypto fund manager BlockTower Capital experienced a meaningful drawdown in 2018 as Bitcoin collapsed (disclaimer: I'm on their Advisory Board). As they looked to the future, the fund needed to make up substantial ground to recoup their highwater mark. Almost anyone would have folded the tent at that point […]
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Capital Allocators Monthly - March 2021

April 5, 2021
Hello Fellow Listeners, It’s been a busy month with the book launch, new website, Crypto for Institutions mini-series, and new design for Capital Allocators Monthly.   Onwards! Announcements Special Event for Premium Subscribers:  Annie Duke interviewing Daniel Kahneman Annie will interview Danny at an exclusive, private event for the Alliance for Decision Education. (no fee, no fundraising). […]
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Follow the SPAC Upside

The resetting of SPAC prices creates an evolving set of opportunities. My portfolio of post-IPO, pre-merger SPACs looks asymmetric and attractive.
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Air Out of the SPAC Balloon

March 27, 2021
A month ago, I shared my thesis about Post-IPO, pre-merger SPACs. At the time, the average SPAC traded at $10.50, the cheapest one in my portfolio was $10.30, and the four SPACs I owned that announced deals each popped from 10-24% on their announcement. What a difference a month makes. The entire SPAC sector deflated […]
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Institutional Investor: The Secret to Interviewing Asset Managers, From One of the Best to Ever Do It

The Secret to Interviewing Asset Managers, From One of the Best to Ever Do It On March 26th, Institutional Investor published an excerpt from his book Capital Allocators. Podcast host Ted Seides gives an inside look at how allocators should be grilling their partners.
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Don't Just Do Something, Sit There

March 13, 2021
Markets have a funny way of lulling us to sleep and fooling us into dreaming about a price graph that goes up and to the right. When market volatility is muted for long enough, the slightest tremors can cause fear and anxiety. I’ve read the books about behavioral finance and have spent hours with behavioral […]
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Capital Allocators Monthly - February 2021

March 6, 2021
Hello Fellow Listeners, Some of our favorite reads and listens this month cover market extremes, crypto, private equity, and SPACs. Announcements and Gratitudes * Free Webinars.  I will be hosting our first sponsored webinar on March 18th - register here. We'll be discussing technology in the investment office, sponsored by Backstop Solutions and hosted on the […]
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