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Money Maze Podcast

Money Maze Podcast

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The world of finance has a huge impact on all of us. This show aims to explore and unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the investing business, via interviews with masters of the real life money maze. Expect tips for mastering capital allocation, making better business decisions, strategies for taking your career to the next level, and revelatory profiles of leading industry figures. Whether you're a current or aspiring investment professional, a regular investor, or a student exploring ...
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The Voice of Corporate Governance

The Council of Institutional Investors

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CII’s podcast is one of many platforms CII offers members to access timely information and perspectives and to increase public attention to critical issues and developments in corporate governance and capital markets. The target audience for our podcast is CII Members, other institutional investors, public companies, securities lawyers, proxy advisory firms and other institutional investor service providers.The podcast is free to the public and available on all major podcast listening platfo ...
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Techtopia with Chitra Ragavan

Chitra Ragavan, Founder and CEO, Goodstory

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Techtopia with Chitra Ragavan is a podcast examining the power, peril and promise of technology. Chitra explores the latest technological wonders, interviews the creative entrepreneurs behind them, delves into the dark side of these omnipresent innovations and examines technology’s profound impact on people and society.
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China 411

Zheng Huang and Ken Wilcox

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Purpose: The United States and China are the largest and second largest economies in the world. President Obama calls the relationship the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century. Yet the relationship is fraught with mistrust and miscalculation, with the potential for catastrophic conflict. Many scholars have written about the complex reasons behind the agreements and disagreements by taking a particular narrative. What they missed is that, on every single issue of importan ...
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In a world where competitive survival has become rarer, one UK retail institution has survived for 175 years, remains a trusted brand, with over 50,000 employees, 2,000 stores and 4,000 pharmacists. Today Boots is part of the US Walgreens Boots Alliance, an entity with sales of $140 billion (2023/24) and one of the world’s largest purchasers of pre…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, CII General Counsel Jeff Mahoney interviews three professors from Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business: Isil Erel, the David A. Rismiller Chair in Finance and the academic director of the Risk Institute; Thomas Flanagan, assistant professor; and Michael S. Weisbach, the Ralph Kurtz Chair in Fin…
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Whether you’re a believer in the timelines, or sceptical about its urgency, the energy transition is underway, and its ramifications are immense. Both for the climate and for investors, the new order is challenging the old. In this conversation, Per Lekander, a veteran of the energy and utility space, discusses the failings of the wind and solar in…
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In this interview, we welcome the CEO of Novo Holdings, which manages the assets and wealth of the Novo Nordisk Foundation, one of the world’s largest enterprise foundations. Novo Holdings is part of the Novo Group, which also incorporates Novo Nordisk and Novonesis (who combined are responsible for much of Novo Holdings’ inflows). Novo Nordisk is …
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Research demonstrates that diverse companies outperform their less diverse peers. The 30% Club’s mission, led by Chairs and CEOs, is to increase gender diversity at board and executive committee levels. In this episode, current 30% Club Global Chair Hanneke Smits, assesses the shifts underway to increase female representation across the corporate l…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, CII General Counsel Jeff Mahoney interviews Sven Riethmueller, Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Clinic at Yale Law School. Professor Riethmueller is the author of a recent research paper entitled "11th Hour Option Discounting: The Significance of IPO Progn…
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If you were asked ‘What is the London Stock Exchange Group, (LSEG)?’, most investors would answer, ‘the London Stock Exchange, of course.’ Yet, the correct answer would be, “well that’s only 5% of revenues today”, and then you might pause and wonder what the rest is… In this conversation with David Schwimmer, a veteran of Goldman Sachs, and CEO of …
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Armed with a degree, MBA, MPA, and a PhD, the author of 5 bestselling books, a trained economist, a previous employee of Goldmans Sachs, a life peerage in the House of Lords, sought after board member, one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, and on Oprah Winfrey’s “O” Power List, our guest today seems to have it all! Dambis…
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Through direct, entertaining & insightful interviews with masters of the real life money maze, we hope to learn about different approaches to allocating capital, making business decisions and navigating the pitfalls that line the paths to prosperity. Each episode, with invite leading figures from the investment management and finance sector onto th…
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Back in September 2021, we met with Nic Cary of Blockchain.com, which was already well on its way to becoming one of the world’s leading digital asset platforms. Since then cryptocurrency volatility has been extraordinary, and witness to wild gyrations, the imprisonment Sam Bankman-Fried, SEC action, regulatory hand wringing and then this year, Bla…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, CII General Counsel Jeff Mahoney interviews Ted Kennedy Jr., a partner at Epstein Becker & Green and Immediate past chair of the board of directors of the American Association of People with Disabilities. Mr. Kennedy is a contributor to a recent research report produced jointly with Accenture, Disability:IN,…
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In this interview, we return to Canada. Having interviewed Jo Taylor of OTPP last year, this time we sought out one of the most well-known and successful women in private equity, someone who is also proving to be a huge role model for young women pursuing careers in the investment industry. Suyi Kim, educated at the University of Seoul and then Sta…
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It’s not every day that one of our guests from the world of finance has successfully scaled Everest 5 times, been awarded an MBE by the Queen, raised millions for charity, and is a vocal ambassador for the NSPCC. For his day job, he led trading desks at Goldmans, CS, UBS and Bluecrest. If that wasn’t enough for most people, he then became sufficien…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, CII General Counsel Jeff Mahoney interviews Stephen G. Ryan, the Vincent C. Ross Professor of Accounting at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. Professor Ryan is the co-author of a recent research paper entitled "Banks’ Motivations for Designating Securities as Held to Maturity."…
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In this Easter special we explore a slightly different realm: religion! Very occasionally one individual can have a disproportionately powerful impact on a collection of people, but very rarely does that person’s impact grow in time and reach, and expand beyond anyone’s expectations and for millions, be responsible for enhancing their lives. Our gu…
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Our guest today earned her master’s degree in physics, captained her rugby team at Oxford, and then a few years later was posted as bp’s engineering manager to Baku, Azerbaijan. She then spent time as Country Head in neighbouring Georgia and COO of Lightsource bp, and is now bp’s Senior Vice President, Wells. In this conversation, Ann explains bp’s…
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In May 2021, we turned our attention to an investor dilemma – Should we view wine as a proper asset class? And how should we think about the wine industry, unmodernised for so long, but ripe for change! A disrupter emerged in 1997, in the shape of Bordeaux Index, set up by Michael Spencer and Gary Boom. In this conversation we learn about the shift…
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In this bitesize feature, David Einhorn, Founder & President of Greenlight Capital, discusses the potential impact passive investing has had on value investors, and where opportunities may lie. David is one of Wall Street's most closely followed hedge fund managers, whose public commentary on stocks has had market moving results ('The Einhorn Effec…
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In today’s episode, the Money Maze Podcast takes a short trip back to 2023 to revisit our Second Private Markets Series. We shared fascinating conversations with guests from the likes of TPG, Tikehau Capital, Nasdaq Private Market, CAIS, and IFM Investors. In case you missed those episodes, we have compiled together some of the highlights from thos…
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In this bitesize feature, A-Rod Corp’s CEO, Alex Rodriguez, discusses principal capital, creating opportunities for partners, and A-Rod’s geographical scope. In the full interview, Alex speaks about how he came to dominate his sport, developing a substantial portfolio of investments and businesses through his investment firm, invaluable advice give…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, CII General Counsel Jeff Mahoney interviews Karla M. Zehms, the Ernst and Young Professor, and Daniel D. Wangerin, the David J. Lesar Professor of Business, both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professors Zehms and Wangerin are two of the co-authors of a recent research paper entitled "Why are Key Au…
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With a successful career incorporating 18 years at Goldman Sachs, and then CEO of the Man Group, Emmanuel explains today’s landscape for investors across the fixed income universe. He explains PIMCO’s mission and reach. He discusses how the world is awash with cash and short-term maturities, creating opportunities with interest rates having adjuste…
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Why does a teacher trained to help children with special needs decide to switch, earn an MBA, then work at Pepsi, become an investment consultant, and end up becoming CIO at an $8 billion dollar foundation? In this conversation, Roz recaps on lessons learned with investing organisations, (including CalPERS) before arriving at Helmsley Foundation in…
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Our guest today has been referred to as "the English Warren Buffett" for his style and success in investing. His book, published in 1992, Accounting for Growth, and its ensuing controversy helped propel it to the top of the bestsellers chart, displacing Stephen Hawking's ’A Brief History of Time’ from the No.1 spot. He’s been head of research, CEO …
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What if clearing out early stage cancers from your body could become as routine as going to your dentist, or what if a single vaccine could protect you against multiple viruses? In this episode, we trace Mike Milken’s journey from developing and popularising high yield corporate bonds, to catalysing changes in the world of cancer, and addressing ke…
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What do JR Tolkien, Emma Watson, Oscar Wilde, Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Niall Ferguson & Dr. Seuss have in common? They all attended Oxford University, which for nearly 1,000 years has been educating some of the brightest of British and global youth. To have proved so permanent and excellent is testimony to many forces, both financial and e…
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Send us a Text Message. This episode has CII General Counsel Jeff Mahoney covering the top 10 important events affecting institutional investors from December 4-28, 2023. Interested in learning more about what CII does? Visit our website to check out our recent advocacy activities and publications.By The Council of Institutional Investors
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This week, the Money Maze Podcast is packing up and shutting down for Christmas and New Year. But before we get away, we wanted to catch you up on everything we’ve been up to these last 12 months! Otherwise, we wish all our listeners, sponsors & friends an enjoyable festive break! The Money Maze Podcast is kindly sponsored by Schroders, Bremont Wat…
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If you don’t know about his most recent book ‘Going Infinite’, you’ll probably want to buy it after listening to or watching this episode with Michael Lewis, author of multiple books and associated films, including 'The Big Short', 'Moneyball', 'Flash Boys', 'The Blind Side', 'Liars’ Poker', and more. In this interview, with co-host Ravi Joseph, we…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, CII General Counsel Jeff Mahoney interviews Robert R. Carnes, an Assistant Professor at the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. Professor Carnes is a co-author of a recent research paper entitled "Externalities of Financial Statement Fraud on the Incoming Accounting Labor Force."…
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For all the narratives around investing and making money, those who have survived the investment cycles for decades and earned above average returns have typically adhered to sound disciplines. This means valuing companies correctly, not taking shortcuts, not being swayed by management ebullience, and digging into the financial statements is key to…
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In his report ‘Birth, Death, and Wealth Creation’, Michael Mauboussin observes and then claims that corporations are surviving longer and winning more. This week, we welcome Michael Mauboussin, Head of Consilient Research at Counterpoint Global, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, to discuss the unique patterns of wealth creation in public equity…
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'Contrary to what was widely expected at the start of the present century, the world has not seen the end of major wars, confirming that Plato was right when he wrote that “only the dead have seen the end of war.”' These lines come from a new book, just published, titled ‘Conflict: The Evolution of Warfare from 1945 to Ukraine.’ The book was writte…
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According to Bloomberg, Ray Dalio and his firm Bridgewater have “made more money for investors than any other hedge fund in history”. In this interview, Ray outlines his investment thinking and analyses some key trends shaping the global economy. Ray is an investor, commentator, philanthropist, and analyst of history’s relevance is assessing today’…
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Today’s guest was a key player on the George Soros team, who in 1992 helped the Quantum Fund make $1bn, shorting sterling ahead of the UK’s withdrawal from the ERM. As Soros’s CIO, he was also dubbed ‘The Man Who Broke the Bank of Japan’ by the Wall Street Journal after making approximately $3.5bn on the Abenomics trade from 2012-2015. Scott is wid…
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Today’s guest has performed with Pavarotti, but in his day job he is a financial commentator and author, who spent 29 years at the Financial Times, including as Global Head of the Lex Column, before moving to Bloomberg as Senior Markets Editor. He is responsible for ‘Points of Return’, the highly regarded and followed commentary, and has the unusua…
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There are certain geopolitical developments that need to be examined in an objective and timely manner for their profound strategic ramifications. After the attack by Hamas and the ensuing conflagration, we welcome two seasoned Middle East thinkers from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). We attempt to disentangle the key forc…
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In this bitesize feature, Amgen’s CEO explains why Iceland’s isolated population make it a useful sample for understanding how disease arises from a genetic standpoint, and what this means for the drug discovery pipeline. In the full interview Bob discusses timelines and priorities, the use of AI in accelerating drug development, biologics, facing …
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William Butler Yeats, the great poet, observed, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” It may be easy to agree that education is the passport to a better future, but in this episode we wanted to discuss how we should be thinking about education today and tomorrow, and are we failing? Our guest, Sir Anthony Seldon, is …
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In this conversation with David Neal, CEO of IFM Investors, we explore the origins of this highly unusual institution, an ‘investor-owned global investment manager’. Set up around 30 years ago to invest on behalf of more than 600 like minded institutions worldwide, it now manages approximately $143 billion (USD, as of 30/06/23). David discusses wha…
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