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The Investors First Podcast

Sep 9, 2021

Our guest today is Cliff Asness, Founder, Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer at AQR Capital Management. He has authored articles on financial topics in almost every major financial publication and his awards are too many to list. He received his Ph.D. from University of Chicago while learning under Nobel Laureate Gene Fama. Notably, his bio states that “he still feels guilty trying to beat the market” after all these years because of his work with Gene.

In today’s episode, we start with Cliff’s education background and how his father’s aim for diversification in education paid off for him. We then pivot to the Avengers and discuss the heir apparent to Captain America, before quickly diving into a variety of topics, ranging from his work under Gene Fama at University of Chicago, momentum investing, and then pulling the goalie in hockey. Then we discuss whether size is a factor, if price to book is a good value measure, his take on ESG investing, expected returns and much more.

Our local host today is Steve Curley, CFA, board member and a former President of CFA Society Orlando. Please enjoy the episode.

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