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Capital Allocators: How the world’s elite money managers lead and invest by [Ted Seides]

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Capital Allocators, Ted Seides, chief investment officers, endowments, foundations, family offices

“My intent in writing is to help investors make better decisions.”

Who are these capital allocators and why have conversations with them on the Capital Allocators podcast been listened to four million times?

Ted Seides, CFA, created the Capital Allocators podcast in 2017 to focus on this last group, the people who sit at the top of the global food chain of capital. When he refers to “allocators” in this book, it is the CIOs and their teams that he has in mind.

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Ted Seides has achieved a remarkable book that draws on the expertise and experience of a broad cross-section of industry leaders. He expertly distills interviews that he conducted directly into a book that seamlessly covers executive, leadership and investment skills and lessons. Capital Allocators is a well-crafted and informative read for existing and prospective investment professionals as well as for those who work with the investment industry in any capacity. --Gregory J. Fleming, President & CEO, Rockefeller Capital Management

This book boils down the most interesting insights and important lessons from the biggest and most powerful investors on earth -- the ones that literally put the capital in capitalism. It offers a glimpse into the thinking of capital allocators in a coherent and digestible format. It should be required reading for anybody interested in investing and certainly will be for my students!
--Ashby H. B. Monk, PhD, Executive Director, Global Projects Center, Stanford University

Unlike many 'invest like the best' books, Capital Allocators does not pretend there is some magical trick that will turn anyone into an investing genius. Instead, Ted Seides details how great investors do the hard work that leads to better outcomes. You won't get rich quick reading this book, but if you take the time to really understand the lessons it teaches, you will be a better, more thoughtful investor.
--Ben Inker, Head of Asset Allocation, GMO

Page by page, Ted Seides' Capital Allocators brings us tools, frameworks and a rich collection of wisdom captured from his professional network. Ted’s book allows us to discover how successful CIOs incorporate various aspects of the investment process and lessons learned in navigating financial markets. This book should be mandatory for any investment teams aspiring to evolve and win.
--Mario Therrien, Head of Investment Funds and External Management, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

The world of institutional investing needed Ted's voice -- it just didn’t know it yet. With this book, and with his unparalleled podcast, Ted has brought a whole hidden world to a broader audience, and anyone interested in how the world’s most prominent investors move money is better for it.
--Kip McDaniel, Editor-in-Chief, Institutional Investor

I have learned something from every podcast, and this book pulls them all together. There is no one right way to be a CIO, we are all unique, but there are still lessons that we can learn from one another and value that comes from understanding the nuances among us. Thank you, Ted, for providing a forum for CIOs to share ideas and for writing this great collection of highlights.
--James Williams, CIO, J. Paul Getty Trust

Capital Allocators is jam-packed with actionable advice from the world's leading investment experts on topics ranging from interviewing managers to decision-making. Ted distills the wisdom of his impressive array of podcast guests into a compendium that deserves highlighting on every page. Take it from me, choosing to read Capital Allocators is a good decision.
--Annie Duke, former professional poker player, best-selling author, and decision strategist

Ted understands the nuance of investment management better than anyone I know, because he's talked to more investors than anyone I know. It's been said that books don’t change minds; sentences do. There are so many good lines in this book it's hard to put down.
--Morgan Housel, Partner at Collaborative Fund and best-selling author

Capital Allocators is an excellent collection of toolkits and frameworks for investing that reflect both the institutions and the different styles of their CIOs. Capital Allocators is a starting manual for all the things aspiring CIOs need to consider as they develop their style and strategic vision. Importantly, Ted acknowledges that there are many ways to be a successful CIO and that CIOs can learn from each other in that diversity of viewpoints.
--Ana Marshall, CIO, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Ted has made the world of capital allocation approachable for everyone across hundreds of conversations. Now he's further distilled the lessons into a package that will make any investor better at what they do. Required reading. --
Patrick O'Shaughnessy, CEO, O'Shaughnessy Asset Management

Through his podcast, Ted has talked with the best investment minds in the world. Capital Allocators assembles this collective wisdom into an incredible guidebook for anyone who wants to be truly thoughtful about long-term investing.
--Raphael Arndt, CEO, Australia Future Fund

A fantastically broad, deep guide to the asset allocator's world. I wish it had been written 25 years ago. The quotations in it are alone worth the price. You can quote me on that.
--Andrew Golden, CIO, Princeton University Investment Management Company (PRINCO)

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Ted Seides, CFA has spent 25 years as an institutional investor, allocating money to managers. He started in 1992 at the Yale University Investments Office, seven years after David Swensen arrived at Yale. Ted spent five years learning under David’s tutelage and departed to attend Harvard Business School shortly before David wrote the bible in the industry, Pioneering Portfolio Management. In 2017, Ted launched the Capital Allocators podcast, a series of interviews with leading Chief Investment Officers. The show reached four million downloads in August 2020. Barron’s, Business Insider, and Value Walk each named it among the top investing podcasts. He also advises asset managers and allocators across business strategy, audio content, and investing. Ted writes opinion pieces for Institutional Investor, wrote a blog for the CFA Institute’s Enterprising Investor and guest publications for the late Peter L. Bernstein’s Economics and Portfolio Strategy. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08N56SPN6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harriman House (March 23 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 680 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 233 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Ted Seides, CFA created Capital Allocators LLC to explore best practices in the asset management industry. He launched the Capital Allocators podcast in 2017 and the show reached five million downloads in January 2021. Barron’s, Business Insider, Forbes and Value Walk each named it among the top investing podcasts. Alongside the podcast, Ted works with both managers and allocators to enhance their investment and business processes. In March 2021, he published his second book, Capital Allocators: How the world's elite money managers lead and invest to distill the lessons from the first 150 episodes of the podcast. You can follow Ted on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great toolkit
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Top Lessons From Top Capital Allocators
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1.0 out of 5 stars Seides is an IYI
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3.0 out of 5 stars Basically a summary of the podcasts
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