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Early “Catastrophic” Blackstone Deal Led to Schwarzman’s Passion for Preserving Capital

We tend to remember and apply best those life-changing lessons that were painfully learned.

By Robert Stowe England
For Stephen A. Schwarzman, chairman, CEO and co-founder of The Blackstone Group, one of those early painful lessons was the importance of establishing and following a rigorous process for assessing all the risks before making an investment.

“We go from the premise that our first job, sort of like a doctor, is do no harm – and in the financial business that means don’t lose money,” Schwarzman said November 6 at a Reuters Newsmaker event for his new book What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence. He was interviewed at the Thomson Reuters building in New York before invited guests by Reuters editor-at-large Sir Harold Evans. Schwarzman in his book cited “don’t lose money” as the number one rule at Blackstone, acknowledging that saying that out loud sometimes prompts smirks. 
Since before the September 17 release of the book, Schwarzman has granted a number of hig…

Crypto Index Funds Scramble to Win Over Hesitant Investors

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Hunter Horsley, chief executive officer of Bitwise
Entrepreneurs believe that crypto index funds will greatly expand the crypto investor base just as the S&P 500 and the Russell 2000 indexes have done for stocks.

By Robert Stowe England
As entrepreneurs look to take cryptocurrency mainstream, they’re copying a tried-and-trusted approach from traditional investing: indexing. Index investing is designed to generate returns that are similar to a broad market index. This approach can reduce the risk of picking individual assets which might underperform the broad market. So, in the case of an equity index,  instead of picking say Exxon, Apple, Johnson & Johnson, and Ford, for example, you invest in the broad market. 
Several new crypto index products have launched recently, offering investors new avenues into the market without some of the risks associated with putting money into single blockchain projects. 
Crypto indexers take their cues from broad stock market index funds, such as t…

Rob Arnott: Out-of-Favor Value Stocks Set to Outperform Next Five Years

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A turnaround in the outlook for value would mark a stark change from the recent past. Rob Arnott explains why this is likely in an extended Q&A.

By Robert Stowe England

Value stocks have been underperforming the market for most of the last 12 years. Their recent performance relative to large market cap benchmarks is well below historic norms. This might lead investors to think they should avoid this sector. 
Think again, suggests Rob Arnott, chairman and founder of Research Affiliates of Newport Beach, California. “When value gets as cheap as it is now in the U.S., historically it has beat growth by 4% a year over the next four to five years,” Arnott says. 
This projection comes with roughly a 5% uncertainty factor, which means it could be 5 percentage points higher or lower. That would mean “somewhere between zero and 10%,” Arnott says. “Oh, I’ll take that bet. The low end of the spectrum of the range is zero.” 
Emerging market value is even cheaper by historic norms. “The expected ou…