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Guiding Assets

Formerly Take 15, Guiding Assets is the flagship podcast of CFA Institute and the definitive program for the investment management industry. As stewards of the investment industry, Guiding Assets will feature intimate conversations with some of the most influential people from the world of finance about the topics that matter most to investment professionals. The show will also share crucial insights and best practices to help guide investors to make smart, ethical decisions. Guiding Assets will continue to help build a better world for investors.

Host: Mike Wallberg, CFA

Producer: Mitchell Forst 

Apr 14, 2021

Michael Falk, CFA, a partner at the Focus Consulting, applies the lessons he learned as a competitive baseball pitcher to investment teams and discusses the importance of creating a sell discipline for losers and winners in an investment portfolio, his many writing projects, and living with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Topics discussed:
2:10 Michael’s love for baseball and lessons to learn from the sport
4:33 Becoming a better listener
8:05 Sell discipline
11:11 When to retire and succession planning
15:17 Michael’s article, Everything You Want to Know About Investing
18:30 Michael’s new paper on stakeholder capitalism
21:25 Bitcoin: how should investors be thinking about cryptocurrencies
25:30 Michael’s thoughts on blockchain technology
27:28 Michael’s clinical trial
34:28 Embracing vulnerability
38:08 Flight or invisibility?

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Brené Brown’s TED talk, The Power of Vulnerability

John Hodgman on This American Life ep.178

HBR video “Five Whys”

HBR article The Contradictions That Drive Toyota’s Success

This American Life ep. 178: Invisible Man Vs. Hawkman

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