My guest this week is one of the reasons that this podcast exists. Josh Brown is a financial advisor and the CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management. He is also the creator of TheReformedBroker.com, a blog about markets, politics, economics, media, culture, and finance that has become one of the most widely-read sites on the financial web. He is the author of Backstage Wall Street and Clash of the Financial Pundits. Josh was instrumental in finding me an audience years ago when he shared one of my research pieces with his rapid base of fans. This conversation includes a look at his journey, what he’s learned along the way, and most importantly, his top five, dead or alive.
2:02 – (First Question) – Top 5 dead or alive hip-hop rap artists per Josh Brown
2:48 – Listening to right now
3:30 – Why it’s tough for newer artists to crack the all-time lists
5:23 – What appears most in Patrick’s playlists
6:04 – What was the moment that he transitioned away from bad investment practices and what are some of the things he can’t stand to see
9:05 – A look at how Josh’s portfolio has changed as his perspective on investing has transformed
12:13 – What kind of investments does Josh use personally
13:15 – How Josh uses individual stock investments to teach his kids about how the markets work
14:31 – Has the role of the financial advisor changed? And what can advisors offer that are future-proof?
17:45 – What does Josh screen for when looking for people to work with both as employees and as clients
23:22 – What are some things that don’t feel like work but appear to be hard work from the outside
25:07 – How do both Josh and Patrick characterize themselves and each other as a company.
26:19 – Exploring Josh’s success on Twitter…@reformedbroker
28:30 – Why you shouldn’t fight on twitter
28:39 – Cliff Asness @cimmerian999
28:45 – Doug Kass @dougkass
30:21 – What services, technologies, platforms are we in the early days of that Josh could be excited about
32:53 – Why Josh and his team loves Slack
35:38 – Most memorable individual day in Josh’s career
37:32 – Who are people that Josh is learning from right now
39:33 – What does Josh like most about doing the show Halftime Report on CNBC
42:18 – If Josh had to give his money to someone, who would it be.
45:20 – Are investors doing a disservice by glorifying some of the big name investors like David Tepper?
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