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Ep 401: Ben Carlson Interview with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio

Ben Carlson
Ben Carlson

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My guest today is Ben Carlson, the Director of Institutional Asset Management at Ritholtz Wealth Management. He’s been managing institutional portfolios for my entire career. He started out with an institutional investment consulting firm developing portfolio strategies and creating investment plans for various foundations, endowments, pensions, hospitals, insurance companies and high net worth individuals. He was part of the portfolio management team for an investment office that managed a large endowment fund for a charitable organization.

The topic is his book A Wealth of Common Sense: Why Simplicity Trumps Complexity in Any Investment Plan.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio we discuss:

  • Diversification
  • The purpose of a long only commodities investment
  • Speculation
  • Index funds
  • Having a plan
  • Risk and Reward
  • Saying no

“You can’t invest in the market as you wish it would be, you have to invest in it as it is.” – Ben Carlson

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Ep. 364: Simplicity Trumps Complexity with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio

Simplicity Trumps Complexity with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio
Simplicity Trumps Complexity with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio

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Please enjoy my monologue Simplicity Trumps Complexity with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio. This episode may also include great outside guests from my archive.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio:

  • Why simple strategies are better than complex ones
  • The importance of defining your risk as a number
  • How risk and reward are two sides of the same coin
  • Why going for the average is a losing strategy
  • The difference between hiring a financial advisor and an trader

“Financially-engineered assets often fail to perform as their creators intended. Or they are ill-equipped to deal with unanticipated events.” – Ky Trand Ho (Forbes)

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