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Wes Gray runs his boutique investment firm Alpha Architect with the determination you’d expect of a former US Marine. In a competitive industry dominated by big names, his small team of ‘quant ninjas’ are endeavouring to make themselves unkillable. They’re doing it by bringing factor strategies and quant investing to regular investors. There’s no black box or secret sauce, and there’s no flashy office. Instead…

Eight years ago Todd Wenning was living in London and writing hundreds of articles for the investment website Motley Fool. Today he’s back on home territory in the US and working as a senior investment analyst at the San Francisco-based  management firm Ensemble Capital. In the intervening years Todd has built a following on both sides of the Atlantic for his work on one of…

Barry Ritholtz is one of the most widely followed investment commentators in America. He’s also the chairman and chief investment officer of one of the country’s fastest growing wealth advisers. Over the past twenty years Ritholtz has forged a reputation for his no-nonsense views on finance and markets. He’s an advocate for low-cost, rules-based investing - and he’s also not afraid to call out bad…

Share prices have fallen across the board in October, and it’s a reminder of just how quickly fear spreads when stocks start tumbling. My colleague Jack wrote this week about the sense of foreboding that’s hanging in the air at the moment. There’s almost a sense of inevitability that some kind of correction is past due. Knowing how to react to that kind of prospect…

When it comes to investment strategies, ‘growth’ and ‘income’ investors tend to focus on very different things. For growth investors, it’s often the case that sales and earnings are more important than dividend payouts. But it’s worth remembering that dividend track records can tell you a lot about a company’s growth and outlook - and not just how much cash is finding its way back…

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​I do agree. It's daft (and even the fund manager quoted in the report sounded mildly embarrassed that they'd even gone there). But that said, I think the general point stands.

Hi Dave - Thanks. Yeah, I agree absolutely. I'd like to think you'll see more on these points in the coming months. We're definitely going to move on some of these ideas. Ben

Hi Felicity - that's interesting and I totally agree. Do you think that the financial media plays a part in provoking that kind of short-termism? Or is this just down to normal human behaviour? Thanks, Ben

Thanks - that's interesting and it makes a lot of sense. I think this summary is spot on: "If you have the ability to put aside your emotions and your ego then you will be successful whatever your gender"

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