21 minutes | Nov 3rd 2020

Journalist Gregory Zuckerman on the Lessons of Investment Titans

We are delighted to have Gregory Zuckerman, a long-time journalist for the Wall Street Journal on the show to discuss his book: The Man Who Solved the Market, the often-dramatic story of how Jim Simons and a group of unlikely mathematicians applied their skillsets to become some of the most successful investors of all time.

Simons is a “quant”, which means his strategies use purely data to invest—they don’t read the news, or even look at company earnings much, they just do what their formulas tell them to do. This type of approach is of special interest these days as quants are not only all the rage, but many are finding that data alone is not a panacea for successful investing.

All of this is just a part of what makes Jim Simons so interesting. He and his strategies have always been shrouded in mystery, and Wall Street insiders have always wanted a look in to Simmons’s mind and approach. Greg Zuckerman, who is a 20-year veteran at The Wall Street Journal and three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb award, actually got Simons to open up enough to tell the tale. You can learn more about Greg at gregoryzuckerman.com find him on twitter @Gzuckerman.

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