Capital Allocators Monthly – January 2021

Hello Fellow Listeners,

Some of our favorite reads and listens this month covered SPACs, public pensions, value investing, and more.

A Break from Our Normal Programming…

The short squeeze battle is irresistible. I jotted down some lessons and tweeted it here.  To digest the nuance in an entertaining way, read Matt Levine starting with his Monday column. His colleague John Authers had a particularly good piece about the broad impact of this event.


Announcements and Gratitudes

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Reading (Ordered by reading time: tweets first, books last, and blog posts and articles in between) 

Quote:  “The market can stay irrational longer than you can remain solvent.”  – John Maynard Keynes, and particularly acute among in the short squeeze this wee.

1. Benedict Evans on private equity exits.  SPAC IPOs raised $106 billion since the Softbank Vision Fund opened its doors. That’s two massive, novel pools of capital for private exits in the last five years and lots of dry powder for a wave of new public listings to come.

2. Dan Loeb and Philippe Laffont on Twitter. FinTwit is gaining institutional momentum with participation and insights from leading hedge fund managers.

3. Relaxing into stress, Polina Marinova. Polina writes The Profile, a terrific compilation of lessons from people in business, sports, and entertainment. In this piece, she describes how elite performers relax in the most stressful moments to rise above their competition.

4. Saving America’s Public Pensions, Ben Meng. The former CIO of CalPERS suggests a path for public pensions to take advantage of their unique strengths to achieve investment success.

5. Value investing legends speak. I love moments in markets where ‘this time it’s different’ meets the potential for a windfall if it’s not. Jeremy Grantham thinks now is as good as it gets for value. Cliff Asness also believes the premise for diversified value as a factor is at extremes and still holds. Howard Marks is thinking differently about certain businesses that defy the fade to mean reversion.


Listening

Capital Allocators

Special thanks:


Episode 171: James Clear – Mastering Habits

Episode 172:   Chris Dixon – The Future of Blockchain at a16z

Episode 173:  Fran Kinniry – The Comfort of Paradox at Vanguard Group

Episode 174: Collette Chilton – Humility and Loyalty at Williams College

Best of the Rest

The Decision Education Podcast.  The Alliance for Decision Education kicks off the first season of its podcast, hosted by Executive Director Dr. Joe Sweeney.

Have a good one,
Ted


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