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21 Top Traders Round Table with Jake Barton, Trent Webster, and Steven Wilson – 2of2

"There's a lot more data in some ways, but there is also a lot less interesting information that is differentiated." - Jake Barton (Tweet)

Welcome to Top Traders Round Table, a podcast series on managed futures brought to you by CME Group and the Managed Funds Association, where host Niels Kaastrup-Larsen continues his conversation with Jake Barton, the Senior Portfolio Manager at Promus Capital, Trent Webster, Senior Investment Officer of Strategic Investments at Florida State Board of Administration, and Steven Wilson, Senior Portfolio Manager at Teacher Retirement System of Texas, which took place at the MFA's Network 2019 conference in Miami. Listen in to learn when our guests use investment theory versus data, new standards for management fees, and what our guests look for in maintaining a reliable team for their investors.

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In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • When to use investment theory versus data, and how you know when you have chosen correctly
  • How the guests review their managers and analyze their results
  • What organizations of different sizes can do to prepare for a crisis

"In the end, I'll make anyone a deal: I will always admit you're right if I can have the money." - Trent Webster (Tweet)

  • How Steven sees the new fee structure for hedge funds, that TRS helped develop, as more reasonable than the standard 2&20
  • How a race to the bottom for management fees can remove much of the creative energy from the alternative manager space
  • What excites Trent about the BBB section of the investment grade bond market

"It's almost unbelievable that it's 2019 and people are still paying performance fees on beta. How did that happen?" - Steven Wilson (Tweet)

  • What is new and upcoming in the hedge fund space
  • The reading that our guests never miss inside and outside of the investment space

This episode was sponsored by CME Group and Managed Funds Association:

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Learn more about Jake Barton and Promus Holdings

Learn more about Trent Webster and State Board of Administration of Florida

Learn more about Steven Wilson and Teacher Retirement System of Texas

"Data will always challenge the theory. No theory works if it's wrong financially. You can have the greatest theory in the world and if you just keep losing money for clients, you have to throw in the towel or the money will all disappear." - Jake Barton (Tweet)