Wes Gray after serving as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps earned an MBA and a PhD in the finance from the University of Chicago where he studied under Nobel Prize Winner Eugene Fama. He worked as a finance professor at Drexel University. He then found Alpha Architect — a research-intensive asset management firm with a focus on high-conviction value and momentum factor exposures. In this interview, we talk about why it’s so important to have a process, trust it, be patient and to have a long-term investment perspective. Wes explains that no strategy works all the time and that pain is always a part of successful investing.

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Meb Faber is a co-founder and the Chief Investment Officer of Cambria Investment Management. His speciality is quant investing. Meb is the host of The Meb Faber Show podcast and has authored numerous white papers and books. He is a frequent speaker and writer on investment strategies and has been featured in Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.

In this episode, we talk why you need an investment plan, why the systematic approach is helping to have a better decision-making process, how to behave in the period of a market crash, is dividend investing a right approach for most of us, and many other topics. Only practical knowledge, no-nonsense theory.
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Robert Carver worked in the City of London for over a decade. For seven years he was a portfolio manager at AHL — one of the world’s largest systematic hedge funds — before, during and after the global financial meltdown of 2008.

In this interview, we talk about many trading topics, mostly around the systematic approach and why it’s so important for most of us to base the decision-making process on rules rather than discretion. Robert also explains why the most important factor to consider when investing is risk.

You can hear how people managing billions of dollars were considering liquidation of market positions during the 2008 crisis, while at the same time, mechanical strategies made over a billion dollars in a single day. The fund’s computer system had stuck to its preprogrammed set of trading rules and mechanically exploited the market moves almost to perfection, while terrified humans had discussed closing it down.

Although we discussed many negative aspects of trading and investing, there’s a positive message to all of us as well. With enough discipline and work, most of us may construct an investing vehicle at home and build our own capital successfully.
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