The Wu Tang Clan of Finance, w/ Team Ritholtz – [Invest Like the Best, EP.52]

My guests this week don’t need to be introduced. In celebration of the one year anniversary of invest like the best, I asked Josh Brown, Mike Batnick, and Barry Ritholtz to join me for an hour, during which I spent more time laughing than asking questions.

I chose this team because they are the pioneers of mold breaking honesty and personality in our industry. They all figured out that just being themselves yields incredible results. This is a strategy that everyone should try, but very few do. Honesty and transparency require vulnerability, which is hard for most of us. I still struggle with it. But the evidence is in. The Ritholtz team has grown as fast as almost any RIA. Listen to this and tell me you wouldn’t want to spend your career working with people this friendly, funny and open. Hell, I want to give them some money just so I have an excuse to drop by more often.

Thanks to everyone who has listened in the past year. We are past 1.25mm listens, and growing fast. You own this thing as much as I do, because the size helps me penetrate deeper and get the best people, which begets more listeners. This podcast is one hell of a discovery machine, and the first year was our warm up. We have a ton of new angles, formats, and events coming in year two. Stay tuned. But first, time to laugh in celebration of year one. Please enjoy my conversation with team Ritholtz

Links Referenced

Barry @ritholtz on twitter

a16z Podcast

Scott Galloway and Aswath Damodaran on Bitcoin vs Gold

Latest ‘These Are the Goods’ post

Show Notes

2:35 – (First question) – What stock best represents you


5:09 – How was this team assembled at Ritholtz


8:50 – Why larger asset management firms are slow to pivot on new technology


10:00 – The humor of Barry @ritholtz on twitter


11:48 – What technology channels are working best


13:08 – What would happen in a Ritholtz stock picking contest


15:19 – How do you keep investors from wanting to move money into or out of buzzworthy trades


20:23 – Pricing out the news and the value premium


23:41 – Why people want complexity and activity in their portfolios


29:51 – People always want to be a part of the next frontier, example bitcoin

31:08 – a16z Podcast


33:13 – Exploring research in action and living the investments


39:35 – Biggest argument against bitcoin could be the underlying utility and what will make it successful


45:13 – The Hindenburg Omen

46:34 – Scott Galloway and Aswath Damodaran on Bitcoin vs Gold


47:38 – How the relationship with clients has evolved


49:50 – Mike’s new book project that he is working on


51:41 – Why the Mark Twain chapter is the most interesting in his book thus far


53:32 – How a business should balance sales and marketing


58:09 – Who would they draft to the Ritholtz team

58:22 – Latest These Are the Goods post


1:05:18 – Kindest thing anyone has done