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One of the fiercest critics of 'Big Tech', author and academic Scott Galloway, has admitted his bearish call on Afterpay was wrong and warned that America's internet giants are poised to consolidate power following the coronavirus pandemic.
Scott Galloway, outspoken academic and expert on big tech, says "Jedi mind tricks" and "consensual hallucination" are responsible for some huge market valuations, and warns Silicon Valley giants will entrench their dominance in the post-pandemic world.
US tech giants are on track: not just to soar through the pandemic, but to structurally lock in their competitive edge well beyond COVID-19. What is more, there will be a tsunami of reallocated capital across the economy, creating huge winners and losers that investors should get ahead of if they don’t want to miss out.
As a young Macquarie analyst, David Moberley was among the first to appreciate the profit potential of a new breed of technology stocks when he slapped a "buy" rating on REA Group in 2009.
It has gone down in Wall Street folklore as one of the greatest trades in history – a $US27 million ($37.8 million) bet during the market meltdown in March that returned $US2.6 billion in the space of three weeks. And the mastermind behind it, New York hedge fund titan Bill Ackman, is now bracing for another bout of turbulence.
Wall Street hedge fund legend Bill Ackman has praised the Australian superannuation system as a way to bridge the growing income inequality in the US.
Bill Ackman was famous for waging activist short campaigns. But older and wiser now, he steers clear of rather than exposes corporate malfeasance.
Wall Street legend Bill Ackman says megacap stocks such as Starbucks will come out of COVID-19 with a bigger moat and a market dominance like never before, and no election outcome will make a difference to the plight of wrecked small businesses.
A little under a year ago, Cathie Wood named Tesla as her top stock pick for 2020. Speaking at the Sohn Hearts & Minds Investment Leaders Conference in Sydney last November, Ms Wood, who runs US technology-focused investment firm Ark Invest, said her bearish case was that the stock price would double by 2024. It hit that milestone less than three months later.
Legendary Wall Street investor Bill Ackman will headline the 2020 Sohn Hearts & Minds investment leaders conference this year in a major coup for the event that has raised more than $20 million dollars for medical research since its inception in 2016.
Rory Lucas may have one of the best jobs in finance. As the chief investment officer of Hearts & Minds Investments (HM1), it's his duty to oversee the $780 million portfolio of the best ideas from some of the world's top investors.
In this instalment of our legends of Wall Street interviews, a contrarian view. President of the US$6 trillion fund Blackrock, Rob Kapito is optimistic about the future.
Concerns about Chinese influence in politics and universities may be at fever pitch, but the reality is that some of Australia’s retirement savings will help fuel a predicted $US600 billion ($885 billion) inflow into mainland stocks over the next decade.
The search for the next CSL and excessive valuations in local tech stocks have seen investors pouring into biotech, but elevated prices may be putting capital at risk.
Howard Marks is the Co-Chairman of Oaktree Capital and Warren Buffet considers his memos to clients essential reading. He spoke to Elysse from the Hearts and Minds Conference, ahead of the RBA Governor's speech
Friday’s Sohn Hearts & Minds conference is barely in the rear view mirror, but already Hobart’s Federation Concert Hall is almost entirely booked solid for next year’s event, taking place on November 13 for the first time on the Apple Isle. At $3500 a ticket, that shows how popular the thing’s become.
In this instalment of our legends of Wall Street interviews, Elysse speaks with legendary investor Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates.
Increased government spending on infrastructure would help underwrite strong demand for mining stocks, according to Regal Funds Management’s Phil King who tipped ASX-listed Nickel Mines at the Sohn Hearts & Minds conference on Friday.
As Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio told the Sohn Hearts & Minds conference on Friday, there are only two big horses in the world economy — the US and China.
Two of the world's most respected and influential investors have expressed confidence in the durability of China's economy, boosting hopes Australia's largest trading partner will underpin global growth and asset prices for years to come.
Developed economies are not heading for another debt reckoning or recession, but are in a risky environment where governments are likely to print money to fund their spending, warns Ray Dalio, the founder of $180bn giant hedge fund Bridgewater Associates.
The world’s top investors say ‘‘free money’’ policies have reached their limits and they fear central banks and governments could resort to printing money to finance spending, triggering currency instability across the developed world.
Oaktree Capital Management co-founder Howard Marks presents a cool evaluation of modern monetary theory or MMT: he declines to ridicule it but acknowledges he struggles to under- stand how it doesn’t cause devastating currency responses.
The majority of investors who attend the Sohn Hearts & Minds conferences in Australia are there to learn about the dozen or so stock tips from leading fund managers as well as make very large donations to a range of medical research institutes.
Tribeca Investments fund manager Jun Bei Liu has recommended A2 milk for its potential expansion in the China market at the Sohn Hearts & Minds Conference in Sydney on Friday.
Nick Griffin at Munro Partners has tipped TradeDesk as the next big thing in media, at the Sohn Hearts & Minds Conference in Sydney on Friday.
Phil King of Regal Funds Management has tipped ASX-listed nickel company Nickel Mines in the Sohn Hearts & Minds conference in Sydney today.
Hedge fund legend Ray Dalio says we are entering "a risky environment" in which investors will need to find a safe store of value as major economies draw closer to printing money to finance government spending.
Veteran investor Howard Marks says the abandonment of the WeWork float, the poor performance of US IPOs in 2019 and the punishment of bad news in US debt markets are all early signs that discipline is starting to return to financial markets, and investors may no longer be rewarded for holding the riskiest assets.
When Nick Griffin was preparing to take the stage at the Sohn Hearts and Minds conference last year, he was tempted to go for a relatively unknown but vitally important player in the tech process.
Cathie Wood's controversial calls on Tesla have made her a target. But she's not backing down, and she's got a message about broker research.
A new professorial chair of medical research in Sydney is to be endowed to the tune of $20 million, in an unconventional move by its wealthy board.
Philip King might seem an unlikely ally for Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe.
Montaka's CIO says he would never release a damaging report on one of the companies his fund is shorting, but warns executives raise suspicion if they refuse to meet with hedge funds.
Beeneet Kothari, the New York hedge fund manager who pitched the best-performing stock recommendation in 2018 — has warned investors of the risks faced by one of Australia’s favourite tech stocks, Afterpay Touch.
The top-performing fund manager from last year's Conference has criticised the buy now, pay later sector as operating in a "fuzzy" regulatory zone and engaging in a game of trying to be acquired before a regulatory crackdown.
Buy now pay later providers like Afterpay and Klarna are risky businesses operating in a "fuzzy legal area", and are likely to be regulated in coming years or be swamped by larger companies, says US fintech investor Beeneet Kothari.
Tribeca Investment Partners’ Jun Bei Liu provided one of the star performers for last year’s Conference with China-based education group New Oriental Education and Technology, which has gained 81 per cent in the last year.
TDM's Hamish Corlett reckons the reversal of fortunes for the once high-flying WeWork may be a reality check for fast-growing private companies with complex ownership structures, and the torrent of money that has propelled valuations ever higher.
Stock-picker with Airlie Funds Management Emma Fisher says the infrastructure boom is an economic fizzer with scant evidence that many companies are benefiting from the publicly funded projects.
The biggest problem in today’s investment markets is the shortage of assets with too much cash sitting on the sidelines wanting to invest, according to BlackRock co-founder and president Rob Kapito.
Rob Kapito, co-founder of $10 trillion investment giant BlackRock, says a global shortage of investable assets will help the sharemarket grind higher over the long term as dips in equity and bond markets are quickly met by investors hungry for returns.
Rob Kapito, the head of the world's largest money manager BlackRock, says there is more than $US50 trillion in cash sitting idle in portfolios around the world due to a lack of investment opportunities and weak returns.
Oaktree Capital’s Howard Marks has warned that it is time to take a defensive approach to investing, opting for bonds over stocks, investing in the US rather than emerging markets and choosing larger, more stable companies to invest in over smaller growth stocks.
Legendary bond market investor Howard Marks has seen a lot of things during his glittering career in financial markets, but a trade war between the world's two largest economic superpowers is not one of them.
Oaktree Capital Group co-founder Howard Marks says the Federal Reserve was wrong to cut rates last month. Why? Because more monetary stimulus will just boost asset prices further, making the rich richer without benefiting savers.
Hedge fund legend Ray Dalio fears further interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of Australia could further inflate the "mini bubble" in property, and that it will all end in tears.
“I have to be a realist. I am paid to be accurate, not to be a pessimist or an optimist,” says Ray Dalio as he explains why the world today is very similar to the Depression years in the 1930s.
Ray Dalio knows more about Australia than most macro hedge funds that have been betting the lucky country's fortunes will change.
When the founder and co-chairman of the world’s largest hedge fund likens the global environment to that of the 1930s and sees the current tensions between the US and China as something wider, more permanent and more threatening than a trade conflict it is disconcerting.
The US-based Duke University psychology and behavioural economics professor won't publicly reveal the Fortune 500 companies he advises, but is reportedly often called upon by high-profile business executives for his insights.
Leading fund managers have gathered in Melbourne's Hamer Hall for the third Australian Sohn Hearts and Minds investment leaders conference.
It took nearly 10 years for Tribeca Investment Partners to regain its independence. But since buying back the firm in August the founders have wasted no time.
In the world of macro hedge funds Scott Bessent could be regarded as royalty. The 55-year-old from South Carolina has worked alongside luminaries of the industry such as George Soros, Stanley Druckenmiller and Jim Chanos, orchestrating some of the most fabled bets in recent markets history.
When Kok Hoi Wong analyses a stock, he's not just concerned with next year's earnings. The APS Asset Management chief investment officer frequently finds himself playing detective and fact-checking by doing his own sleuthing.
Hold your nerve. The trends of software infiltrating every industry, and every company becoming a tech company - are only just beginning.
A gap year three years into his medical career at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital arguably laid the foundation for Brian McNamee to lead Australia’s most successful biopharmaceutical company, CSL.
Two potential private equity deals worth $4.6 billion do not yet spell the start of a new takeover boom, but there are at least signs that at last Australia is joining the offshore deal trend.
When Leah Zell, one of the world's most highly regarded international small cap investors, took the stage at the Sohn Hearts and Minds conference in Sydney two years ago, she memorably presented a Turkish supermarket, BIM, as one of the best ideas in her universe.
Enterprise software companies such as Australian trailblazer Atlassian will increasing replace consumer-focused technology firms as the hottest tech stocks of the future, according to a leading New York fund manager.
It may be one of the fastest boutique fund management builds seen in Australia. Long-short manager Firetrail Investments announced this week that it is already profitable, just over six months since opening its doors. And by the close of the September quarter next week it expects to announce the funds under management have “comfortably passed” $2 billion.
Financier and philanthropist Michael Milken says investors are "dramatically underestimating the risks" of putting their money into investment grade bonds.
It is 17,000km from Wall Street to Melbourne’s Flemington Road but it didn’t stop billionaire financier and philanthropist Michael Milken yesterday declaring the tyranny of distance dead.
Star American philanthropist Michael Milken has urged Australians not to fear the rise of Amazon but be inspired by the unprecedented ability to view everyone in the world as a potential customer because of the digital technology revolution.
Billionaire philanthropist Mike Milken has played down the threat posed by trade tensions sparked by United States President Donald Trump, and warned that global tech giants will eventually be regulated.
Philanthropist Michael Milken has urged governments not to consider a universal basic income as a solution to the automation of the workforce, but to focus on subsidised housing, education, healthcare and childcare.
Michael Milken has been described as man who has played an “outsized role” in American life. Yet even this seems an understatement for the 72-year-old Wall Street financier-turned-philanthropist.
The rapid rise of personalised medicine and associated better pricing for health insurance cover flowing from cutting-edge technologies such as genomics will provide exciting new investment opportunities, according to one of the nation’s top global equities managers.
One of Australia's most successful fund managers, Peter Cooper, first tried meditation about 30 years ago when he was incredibly stressed out. He picked up a book, sat in a room and tried to focus.
Speedcast International affirmed guidance of $US155 million only last May. But announcing its half-year results on Tuesday, that guidance fell by at least $US10 million, sending its shares crashing 37.4 per cent.
The Australian public will get the opportunity to bankroll the best investment ideas from leading local and international fund managers while supporting medical research, in a new $100 million listed investment company.
Riding the technology wave as an investment strategy can be a highly effective way to avoid the buffeting winds of uncertainties such as trade policy, says Regal Funds Management's Philip King.
Sydney's most illustrious hedge funds – Caledonia, Regal and VGI Partners – have topped the charts with the best-performing stock picks at the 2017 Sohn Hearts and Minds charity conference.
Geopolitical tension, soaring debt and the withdrawal of support by central banks are top of mind issues for investors, according to high profile businessman and director Gary Weiss.
Star American philanthropist Michael Milken will make his first visit to Australia in almost a decade next month as part of a fresh push by the leaders of the annual Sohn Hearts & Minds investment conference to increase corporate support for medical research.
Mr Milken, the man credited with pioneering the high-yield bond market in the 1980s will speak at two events held in Sydney and Melbourne in September as a curtain raiser to the Sohn Hearts & Minds Investment Leaders conference.
Former prime minister Paul Keating's prediction that the bull market can be pierced by a "Minsky moment"-style collapse has an element of truth, economists agree, but will be almost impossible to avert.
At the Sohn Hearts & Minds conference held in Sydney on Friday leading fund managers from Australia and around the world share their best investment ideas to raise millions of dollars for medical research.
Australia must diversify its economy away from coal exports to thrive in a modern economy as renewable energy costs plummet and investment in new coal-fired plants falls to zero, inventor and former Microsoft executive Ramez Naam, warned yesterday.
It costs $3000 to attend, but few along at Sydney’s second Sohn Hearts & Minds Investment Leaders Conference would say it was anything but a bargain. The event moves the market.
Investors of today were “investing in the age of longevity,” UK entrepreneur and philanthropist, Jim Mellon, told the Sohn Hearts & Minds conference yesterday.
The rising importance of technology was the key theme of the second annual Sohn Hearts & Minds conference yesterday with Google a clear favourite because of its leadership role in artificial intelligence.
The event moves the market. Just ask Virgin Australia boss John Borghetti. Stock in his airline popped 13 per cent.
If you had to short one of the FANG four – Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google (now Alphabet) – which one would it be? And if you could only own one for the next five to 10 years, which company would you pick?
Some of the market's top experts claim that investors are underestimating how the accelerated pace of technological disruption will affect investment returns.
The AFR shares some of the best ideas from the 2017 Sohn Hearts & Minds Conference
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has slammed the Turnbull Government’s foreign policy as “barren” with no new ideas except to fall in line with US policy, while China was well on the way to becoming the world’s largest economy.
Heart surgeon Nikki Stamp cut straight to the point when she opened the 2017 Sohn Hearts & Minds investment conference in Sydney with the blunt declaration "we're all here to make money".
If you had to short one of the FANG four – Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google (now Alphabet) – which one would it be? And if you could only own one for the next five to 10 years, which company would you pick?
Philanthropic donations will play an increasing role in funding medical research in Australia, according to Bob Graham, executive director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.
Anticipation is positively febrile ahead of the second Sohn Hearts & Minds conference at Sydney's Opera House on Friday.
The architect of compulsory superannuation, former prime minister Paul Keating, has warned against the government wresting control of default contributions from the private sector, saying it would probably be a temporary move before a monopoly was sold back to the public.
A day after ride-sharing company Uber agreed to sell $US10 billion in shares as the precursor to a stockmarket listing, one of Silicon Valley's rising stars claimed the Uber investors were about 10 years too late.
The charitable foundation of the late billionaire healthcare entrepreneur Paul Ramsay is set to back a novel investment product launched to capitalise on interest in the ideas of the top stock pickers presenting at the Sohn Hearts & Minds conference next week.
The Paul Ramsay Foundation is tipping the first $10 million into a new "fund" that will track the top picks to come out of next week's Sohn Hearts & Minds conference.
Auscap Asset Management founder Tim Carleton was overseas on holidays last year when he heard of Britain’s vote to leave the EU.
Jim Mellon describes himself as an "opportunistic, competent, plagiarist" investor. "I'll take anyone's ideas," says the man that has often been described as Britain's version of Warren Buffet.
Melbourne-based fund manager Peter Cooper has a simple formula for picking stocks — a pathway of value options with people he trusts — and he applies the same formula around the world.
On 30 September, 2008, the US National Debt clock installed at New York's Times Square ran out of numbers as it ticked over $US10 trillion. In the midst of the worst financial crisis of a generation, that moment came to symbolise the alarming lack of control over public finances that would lead the Western world to doom.
One of Asia's leading hedge fund investors says institutions will only embrace cryptocurrencies once they can get comfort their holdings can't be stolen by hackers.
The Capital Group is one of the oldest and most successful asset managers in the world. Founded in 1931, it has accumulated $1.5 trillion of assets by beating the market with an intense devotion to rigorous research.
To be successful at picking Australian stocks, Greencape Capital's Matt Ryland says you have to travel with the world.
Richard Goyder, who heads one of the nation’s most generous corporates, Wesfarmers, says that working with the community is more important than it has ever been. But he says the challenge is to “make the (philanthropy) money more efficient”.
Jim Mellon is on his balcony in Ibiza, talking about the joys of a long and healthy life. At 60, he’s only halfway through what he expects will be commonplace pretty soon – an average lifespan of 110 or 120 years.
Facebook and Google are the most “over-owned” stock on the planet but could easily halve in value, British billionaire Jim Mellon believes.
The next wave of successful tech start-ups will be those that can modernise lumbering corporate giants, governments and the healthcare sector, according to prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist Joe Lonsdale.
Kerr Neilson has cemented his reputation as one of Australia's top investors, triumphing in the Sohn Hearts & Minds charity stock picking competition.
Watch Professor Bob Graham, Executive Director at Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute chat live on Sky News about Sohn Hearts & Minds.
Sydney businessman Gary Weiss admits to being uncertain last year about whether New York’s Sohn conference, where fund managers give their investment tips to raise money for medical charities, would work in Australia.
Macquarie Investment Management's head of equities Patrick Hodgens says his most successful stock pick was buying Macquarie Group almost 25 years ago but last year he identified another big winner: New Zealand telco Chorus.
Apologies to Caledonia's chairman Mark Nelson – his best investors were somewhat miffed to read on Tuesday morning that his best investors had gathered at the Art Gallery of NSW on Monday evening to hear from Challenger CEO Brian Benario and Zillow boss Spencer Rascoff. Their invites said Tuesday night!
The stock-picking luminaries at this year’s Sohn Australia Hearts & Minds investment leaders’ conference didn’t need to grab investors by the delicate bits to lure them to the sunlit uplands: judging from Monday’s share reaction, punters readily followed their expert advice.
It's time to roll the dice on Macau again, says star Hong Kong fund manager John Ho of Janchor Partners.
Chicago small-cap specialist Leah Zell has recommended BIM, Turkey’s answer to Aldi, as her stock pick for the first Sohn Hearts & Minds conference in Sydney yesterday.
The five most provocative investment ideas from top fund managers the Sohn Hearts & Minds conference.
Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating has depicted the election of Donald Trump as US president as the predictable result of the breakdown of global capitalism.
Howard Marks says the "jury is out" as to what the shock election of Donald Trump as US president means for the economy and financial markets.
Investors seeking the one pearl of wisdom to come out of the gathering in Sydney on Friday attended by several hundred outstanding fund managers can forget about the wisdom of crowds.
The fund manager who made a five-fold return on investment from backing Chinese internet retail giant Alibaba is now making a long term bet on Medibank Private.
The global investment charity event, set up in memory of a young Wall Street trader that died of cancer, has formed a partnership the Hearts & Minds Investment Leaders event which was inspired by New York's world famous investment event.
The thought of Victor Chang Research Institute executive director Bob Graham kissing New Zealand-born businessman Gary Weiss just boggles the mind.
Mr Grounds argues that next month's Hearts & Minds Investors Leaders Conference – at which top global and local fund managers will share their best investment ideas with attendees – recognises that investors can no longer hope to make money simply from a rising market.
Charities need to rethink how they raise funds and give something back to donors, particularly well-heeled ones, rather than it just being a one-way street, says Monash University chancellor and former AMP chairman Simon McKeon.
Magellan Financial group chief executive Hamish Douglass has a cardinal rule — no stock tips.
Shane Finemore's journey from country New South Wales to running a multi-billion dollar global hedge fund is an Australian investment success story.
Don't write the obituaries of Australia's hobbling media giants just yet. That's the message from Edgar Lee, a senior portfolio manager of Oaktree, and former Nine Entertainment board member.
Chicago-born fund manager Leah Zell started her career as an academic but soon decided to “join the family business” and become an investor.
US investor Howard Marks was at an economics conference in the US recently and, as he tells it, making fun of economic forecasting.
Legendary fund manager Howard Marks has some sage advice to investors that are struggling to find bargains in a world of inflated asset prices – "it's tough but you have to stick with your creed".