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When You Destroy the Tools of Creativity

By Kyla Scanlon | May 14, 2024 | 7 Comments

We are in an age of tremendous uncertainty. Trust has evaporated. But agency, the individual expression of trust, has evaporated, too. 

Before we can rebuild trust in institutions, we have to start by rebuilding agency in ourselves. 

It’s the Funding, Stupid

By Ben Hunt | May 14, 2024 | 0 Comments

Here’s the question we need to ask in order to evaluate the systemic risks of a fundamental change in the provision of credit to the US economy, from highly regulated commercial banks to less regulated asset managers:

How do non-bank private credit issuers fund themselves?

The Intentional Investor #4: Bogumil Baranowski

By Harper Hunt | May 14, 2024 | 0 Comments

In this episode of The Intentional Investor, host Matt Zeigler is joined by Bogumil Baranowski to discuss the power of investing with a multi-generational mindset. Baranowski shares his personal journey from growing up in communist Poland to discovering the transformative potential of free market economies and property rights. We also discuss the importance of viewing wealth as a tree that can be planted, nurtured, and enjoyed by future generations and explore the value of community, education, and personal experiences in shaping one’s perspective on investing and life.

How To Win At Story: Conan’s Hot Ones Masterclass

By Matt Zeigler | May 9, 2024 | 11 Comments

Please, let’s have a laugh at Conan on Hot Ones, but let’s also think this out together:

How do you win at story?

I’ve got 10 rules to try and help. And, using plenty of examples from the show, let’s see if we can’t get just a little bit better at the stories we tell ourselves too.  

Breaking News #21: Donald Trump and the Story the Media Isn’t Telling

By Harper Hunt | May 9, 2024 | 1 Comment

In this episode of Breaking News, we explore a range of topics, from the lack of media coverage surrounding the billions of dollars funneled to Donald Trump through his social media company, to the pervasiveness of gambling and speculation in our society. We discuss the embedded wage-price inflationary environment and its potential impact on our fragile, optimized systems. Additionally, we delve into the creative process behind Kelly Clarkson’s hit song “Since U Been Gone” and how it relates to the construction of pop stars, media stories, and political narratives.

Godzilla vs. King Kong

By Ben Hunt | May 7, 2024 | 0 Comments

What’s happening today is not only a war between commercial banks and asset managers over credit provision to large US companies, it’s also a war between bank asset managers and non-bank asset managers over investment flows.

Lots of people are going to be squashed beneath the feet of these behemoths or crushed by the collateral damage of their combat. Let’s work together so that it’s not any of us.

Looking for an Excuse to Cut

By Ben Hunt | May 2, 2024 | 0 Comments

The Fed is looking for an excuse to cut, and as soon as they have that excuse, they will.

There are two possible Narrative excuses, one immediate and one with a slower fuse …

The Story that Changes The World

By Tom_Morgan | May 1, 2024 | 4 Comments

The ‘monomyth’ or Hero’s Journey isn’t just a script for movies. It’s also the script of our society and our individual lives.

If we let it.

The Intentional Investor #3: Howard Lindzon

By Harper Hunt | April 30, 2024 | 0 Comments

In this episode of The Intentional Investor, host Matt Ziegler interviews Howard Lindzon, the founder and CEO of StockTwits. Lindzon shares his journey from aspiring comedian to stockbroker, entrepreneur, and investor, highlighting the importance of mentorship, tight networks, and adaptability in the ever-changing landscape of business and technology. The conversation covers Lindzon’s early investments in companies like Robinhood and eToro, the evolution of social media platforms like Twitter and YouTube, and the lessons he’s learned from navigating bull and bear markets.

Private Credit Update

By Ben Hunt | April 26, 2024 | 0 Comments

My spidey-sense is no longer tingling like crazy about the overall rise in scale and scope of private credit. It’s a profound shift in the core social function of credit provision to the real economy, but I think it moves systemic risk around rather than creating new systemic risk.

The associated transformation of the insurance industry, on the other hand …