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The Alpha Architect mission is to empower investors through education, and our Compound Your Knowledge podcast is meant to be an educational journey that slowly builds confidence in one’s own ability to understand financial concepts and financial research. We believe an educated investor is a sustainable investor, which is critical for the success of any long-horizon active investor. As Ben Franklin is reputed to have said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
 
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My guest today is my great friend and fabulous business woman - Doreen - or Dorz Brown. She runs Doreen Brown Consulting - providing accessible Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) services and affordable web design to small business owners and solopreneurs. With programs, challenges, and full consulting options all available - Dorz brings an infectiou…
 
Are you a list person? Anyone who has listened to this podcast for a while will know I’m a little bit obsessed with to do lists and with how to maximise productivity and cram as much as possible into this thing we call life. On today’s show I’m chatting with Natalie Cartwright and Executive and Wellness Coach who is the founder of the To Day List. …
 
Now today’s episode is a little different to normal, because I’m recording this just after the weekend where I turned 40. Yes the big 4-0 And a lot of people have asked me ‘oh how do you feel, do you feel old, are you freaking out’ - and you know what… no. I’m really not. I feel great! Ask me this a year ago and the answer wouldn’t have been the sa…
 
Go on, be honest? How much of an honest person do you think you really are? On today’s show I’m going to be talking all about honesty as my guest is an expert in the topic having just released a book called Honest to Greatness. Peter Kozodoy is a keynote and TedX speaker, the CEO of Stradeso and Chief Strategy Office of GEM advertising and his arti…
 
Hands up if you consider yourself a creative person? My guest this week certainly does - his name is Firdaus Kharas - he is social innovator, speaker, activist and humanitarian. He’s been named as one of the world’s 50 most talented social innovators, visited over 146 countries, and met Mother Teresa - multiple times. Through his creative media com…
 
Do you have find yourself with too much on the to-do list? Like you’re drowning in a sea of tasks and errands and projects and it doesn’t matter how hard you work - you can never fit it all in? If so, whether you’re a business owner or simply someone who wants to build more structure and organisation into your life to reduce that overwhelm - you’re…
 
Welcome back to Season 6 of the Momentum Life Project and for the first episode of the new season I have a very special guest who is a great friend of mine and who is the BEST person I know in getting people to change their behaviour. Rebecca McPhee is a dietitcian, nutritionist, health coach and an expert in behaviour change. We first met a number…
 
Do you ever get in your own way? Do you ever find yourself self-sabotaging and letting those limiting beliefs, voices of self-doubt, and crippling lack of confidence stop you from achieving that next level of success? It happens all too often! And you’re certainly not alone. I recently ran a webinar with a great friend and mentor of mine Andrew Mor…
 
**NEWSFLASH: have you signed up to the free, live and exclusive webinar on June 30th titled: Getting the hell out of your own way - 3 secrets to stop the self-sabotage and start living your best life? Places are filling quickly and this one’s going to be a goodie as I’ve got an incredible co-host Andrew Morello joining me for this jam-packed 60 min…
 
Hands up - who likes to live a full and meaningful life? We all do right. So now, hands up who wants to live a life of stress and overwhelm and always feel like there’s just too much to do? It’s a really fine line isn’t it between having a lot on on then feeling like you are slipping into overwhelm. The first can leave us energised, and satisfied w…
 
This week we discuss Ryan’s article examining the Enterprise Multiple, EBIT/TEV, or Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) divided by the firm’s Total Enterprise Value (TEV).Article Links:What’s the Story Behind EBIT/TEVhttps://alphaarchitect.com/2020/05/01/whats-the-story-behind-ebit-tev/By Compound Your Knowledge with Alpha Architect
 
Are you the type of person who prefers to fly under the radar? Trying to simply stay out of trouble, towing the line and following the rules? Or do you prefer to follow a different path? A path that is not always easy and can often attract criticism but that you’re certain is a better way? On today’s show I chat with Mark LeBusque, he’s commonly ca…
 
Discovering my superpowers changed my life. Quite literally. It gave me greater understanding of why I approach certain things in certain ways, why some approaches will simply never work for me, and how to have a much greater appreciation for the differences in all of us and start to celebrate these rather than view them as sources of frustration. …
 
Ask me 10 years ago if I’d be running a business (let alone on my second business) and I’d have looked at you as if you had gone mad. Ask me 2 years ago if I’d have a weekly podcast and I would have I’d have laughed in your face. Ask me 6 months ago if my bubbling dream of creating a membership community to inspire and to support people to take bac…
 
What would your answer be if someone broke into your house at 3am, put a gun to your head and asked you the ‘why’ (as in ’why do you do what you do’) question? Andrew Morello has used his answer to the ‘3am gun to your head question’ for many years now to really shape his life and all of his decisions. Morello is best known for winning the very fir…
 
In this video, we examine two articles highlighted on our site. The first article, written by Larry Swedroe, examines the Value and Momentum performance over the past two years ( highlighting great research by the AQR team). The second article, written by Nicolas Rabener, examines portfolios combining either (1) Low Volatility and Momentum or (2) V…
 
Last week, there were some pretty big dislocations between bond mutual funds and ETFs. I picked one specific example I found interesting, comparing the Vanguard high-yield muni bond mutual fund to two high-yield muni bond ETFs in the marketplace. Ryan and I discussed my example, which hopefully gives some information on how, within the bond market,…
 
In mid-February, prior to the market craziness, Jon Seed posted an article on our site titled: “Price”, ETFs, and Bond Market Liquidity. This was a prescient article, as it highlighted some of the issues with pricing bonds since they do not necessarily trade thousands or millions of times a day like stocks. Jon also mentioned how this affected mutu…
 
You know those people who always seem to be at the top of their game, always have everything together and don’t ever seem to be sitting still? Today’s guest is one of those… she’s what I call a true momentum maker. She knows what she wants and she sure as hell goes and makes it happen. Lauren Beaufils is the founder of Attention Marketing, a subscr…
 
The last few weeks have seen all of us scrambling to deal with the ‘new norm’. Whether faced with losing our job or business, whether trying to work out how on earth to teach children from the dining room table, or being left with feelings of anger or frustration or simply bewilderment at the increasing measures of restriction imposed - no-one has …
 
‘Momentum’ is one of my favourite words (you’d never have guessed right!?) but when I talk about momentum I’m usually talking about it in the positive sense…gaining momentum to build great habits, gaining momentum on getting stuff done, gaining momentum on building a life that you love. The last few weeks has seen the momentum around the COVID19 Pa…
 
In this week’s video, we discuss two articles examining (1) the performance gap between large and small firms and (2) the case against REITs.Article Links:The Gap Between Large and Small Companies is Growing. Why?https://alphaarchitect.com/2020/03/05/the-gap-between-large-and-small-companies-is-growing-why/The Case Against REIT’shttps://alphaarchit…
 
For many years, okay my whole life really, I have thought playing down compliments was a sign of humility, a sign of ‘not thinking too much of yourself’ of being a non-arrogant human. But recently I’ve had a massive wakeup call and realised that I’ve been approaching this all wrong. Like SO wrong. On the latest episode of the Momentum Life Project …
 
In this week’s video, we discuss two articles examining (1) why Enterprise Multiples explain stock returns and (2) Asset allocation (and factor allocation).--Article Links:Why Do Enterprise Multiples Predict Expected Stock Returns?alphaarchitect.com/2020/01/21/ente…-stock-returns/Asset Allocation vs. Factor Allocation—Can We Build a Unified Method?…
 
In this week’s post, we discuss two articles examining (1) the relative underperformance of Value compared to Growth and (2) the new ETF rule and commission-free trading.Article Links:The Massive Performance Divergence Between Large Growth and Small Value Stockshttps://alphaarchitect.com/2020/02/21/the-massive-performance-divergence-between-large-g…
 
Regular listeners may remember Will Mateu from back at the beginning of Season 4 talking about his bid to become the next Australian Ninja Warrior. Since he appeared on the show, things haven’t gone quite to plan, so he’s back talking about setbacks, resilience and how to find the strength to keep going when everything seems against you. Having alr…
 
Is work ethic dead? How do we ‘find’ our passion? Is discipline the key to everything in life? Does eating fake meat really allow you to recover quicker? In this episode I chat to David Knight, Risk and Compliance Management Consultant by day and BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) devotee by night. We delve into a number of areas of personal performance and…
 
Prepare to have your mind blown. This weeks’ guest Dr Sumant ‘Monty’ Badami is an Anthropologist and Ethnographer who runs an organisation called Habitus. He is also an Honorary Associate at Macquarie University, a celebrant, Jazz singer, martial arts instructor, an officer in the Australian Army Reserves and much, much more! He’s on a mission to m…
 
As Regional Marketing Manager - Asia Pacific Hotelbeds, Chris moved to Singapore last year from London. In this episode we chat not only about how to manage remote teams and cultivate organisational culture when you have a staff compromising multiple cultures, but also the challenges of living and working in foreign countries. Setting up bank accou…
 
Emma Jensen is a senior marketing and business leader who is currently head of Virgin Mobile in Australia which is owned by Optus. In this episode we delve into a heap of areas around managing through times of change, the traits of a really effective leader, and why she can’t stand unreliable people! Emma has some fascinating insights into how she …
 
Having left a long career in heavy hitting corporates like Kellogg, Nestle and Sara Lee, Chelsea had her ‘eat, pray, love’ moment before Elizabeth Gilbert had written the book and ran off to a Peruvian mediation retreat to ‘find herself’. Now Chelsea runs Females in Food, an international business coaching and membership group for female ‘foodprene…
 
This trilingual Cuban New Yorker who originally wanted to be a psychologist, has worked in the financial services industry for many years, starting out on the trading floor. But don’t be fooled, he is definitely not your typical ‘corporate suit’ and has also been an actor, and made it on to Australian Ninja Warrior. In this episode we delve into wh…
 
He’s the National Business Development Manager at The Entourage, a childhood cancer survivor, marathon runner and he has 280 items on his bucket list. In this episode, I chat with Grant Purcell, a true example of a ‘momentum maker’ and someone who is living his version of his best life every single day. Hear from Grant about: Why culture is not all…
 
In this episode Kerry D chats to Ricky Chanana, Managing Director of AUNZ Unruly, the global ad-tech agency which brings unique EQ testing to targeted ad campaigns and was bought by News Corp for 215 million pounds! Ricky talks about how the biggest success in his organisation is tracking projects not humans. He is on a mission to disrupt tradition…
 
In this episode Kerry D chats to Steven Ziebowski. Steve is an Area Leader of Operations and Administration at Wyndham City, where he facilitates the day to day operational management of the Planning and Operations Team within the Early Education and Care Services unit. As a client of The Momentum Architects, Steve and his team at Wyndham City have…
 
Showpo is one of the fastest growing fashion e-commerce retailers in Australia and a true startup success story. In this episode Kerry D chats to Nick Rodrigues, the People & Culture Manager about all things culture, values and having rose on tap. In 2018 Showpo was awarded the highly coveted Australian Online Retailer of the Year Award, which sits…
 
The Momentum Life Project podcast is back and season 4 is shifting up a gear with interviews and ‘fireside’ chats with key momentum makers. To kick things off, we’ve got a cracker of a guest with serial entrepreneur and ‘over achiever’ Julian Van der Waal. Julian talks all things performance and productivity, cold showers and getting the ‘f’ out of…
 
In this week’s post, we discuss two articles. The first article examines the financial performance of collectibles, such as Cars, Wine, and Art. The second article examines PMI and its impact on factor performance.Research on the Financial Performance of Collectibleshttps://alphaarchitect.com/2019/07/22/research-on-the-financial-performance-of-coll…
 
In this week’s post, we discuss four articles. The size, written by the folks at AQR, is titled “Fact, Fiction, and the Size Effect” and is a deep dive into the Size effect–I highly recommend everyone read the underlying paper as well. The second article examines the baseline historical facts of market sell-offs, both within the U.S. and other mark…
 
It’s the last episode of Season 3 of the Momentum Life Project, the Momentum Architects look back over what they’ve been discussing for the past 13 episodes. The key theme is how to better appreciate your own self-awareness because once you know yourself better and those around you, great things can happen. Whether in work, life or play, Kerry D lo…
 
In this episode, Kerry D and Dr M talk about accomplishment vs potential and the difference between. To define these terms: An accomplishment is something that has been successfully achieved whereas potential is the capacity to develop something in the future. The gaps between these is where our growth and personal development happens but this gap …
 
We hope everyone had a nice 4th of July weekend!In this week’s post, we discuss one paper, titled “Buyback Derangement Syndrome.” The paper was summarized on our site by Tommi, and the paper was written by Clifford Asness, Todd Hazelkorn, and Scott Richardson, all of AQR.Debunking Myths About Stock Buybackshttps://alphaarchitect.com/2019/07/01/debu…
 
In this episode The Momentum Architects discuss how to build great habits, and in particular how to set up the day for success. Both Kerry D and Dr M agree that getting a great start to the day makes everything else flow more easily for them. They both have habits / routines / rituals - whatever word you’d like to use to ensure that they are in the…
 
In this week’s post, we discuss three papers. The first post, written by Wes, covers a deep-dive into trend-following on equities. The second post, written by Andrew Miller, examines Large-Cap Value portfolios. The last post, written by Larry Swedroe, examines Active Management.Trend Following: The Epitome of No Pain, No Gainhttps://alphaarchitect.…
 
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