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Moritz HeidenExpert: Quant Finance
Head of Quant Research MunichRe Investment Partners and one of the @twoquants

2Q Conversations with Greg Zuckerman

@Moritz Seibert and I decided to launch a dedicated video channel: 2Q Conversations. We have a passion for speaking with, and learning from, interesting people. Interesting because they are bright minds, smart traders, experts in their fields of business, or simply because they hold uncommon or unique views. And you know, it’s even more interesting when these views challenge our own views.

We want to have conversations only with great people, and only about great topics. Our guests tend to be people we’d like to hang out with at a nice bar or restaurant and talk to for hours on end without it ever becoming boring. Sometimes these people are under the radar and hard to find, which in turn means that we won’t be recording a 2Q Conservations video every week and maybe not even every month. It happens when it happens, but only when we believe it’s worth our time and our viewer’s time.

In this first episode of 2Q Conversations, George Coyle and Moritz Seibert speak with Gregory Zuckerman. Greg writes for the WSJ and is the author of “The Man Who Solved the Market” – an interesting and well-written book about the highly secretive hedge fund Renaissance Technologies (RenTec) and the people behind the firm, first and foremost Jim Simons.

We’d all like to know how RenTec trades. How is it possible that they compound returns at >60% annually while no other hedge fund comes close? Are they running a complex AI-based system... (More)

John's 2020 Reading List and What I'm Currently Reading

Good Evening and Happy Thursday, Everyone!

First, I wanted to send out a quick newsletter welcoming all the new subscribers to the newsletter from the shout-out from Raoul Pal of Global Macro Investor and founder of Real Vision. Thanks for joining the newsletter, and I hope I don’t bore you too much with my ramblings.

As I’ve hinted above, I’ve finally started to catch up with the growing mound of books I’ve meant to listen to, and I’ve finally had the time to do so since last March. Today I just finished the 25th book I’ve read since March and decided that I’ll provide what I’m reading today, what books I just finished, and Top Five.

What is John reading this month?

Today I started listening to Robert M. Gates's “Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War Period.” Robert Gates was the 22nd Secretary of Defense for President Bush and Obama between 2006-2011 and one of the few to serve not only two consecutive Presidents but Presidents from opposite parties. He was also the head of the Central Intelligence Agency under Bush Senior from 1991-1993. Being only 30 min into the book, it looks to be a historical piece with fundamental defense and intelligence analysis of the past four post-cold war Presidents, Clinton, W. Bush, Obama, and Trump. I’m very much looking forward to getting more into the details.

What book did John just finish?

Christ Christie’s "Let me Finish” is... (More)

Goodreads on RV: Session 3 - Brent Johnson

Hi everyone,

With year end holidays coming for many of us, this could be a great opportunity to let go of the daily price movements and pick up a great book. Continuing with the book recommendations from some of the best contributors on Real Vision, today our guest is Mr. Brent Johnson aka Santiago Capital on Twitter.
As always, this is by no means an exhaustive list. It has been compiled based on direct input from Brent and some of his public appearances. Without further ado and in no particular order here it is, enjoy:

Goodreads on RV: Session 1 - Raoul Pal (Updated)

Hi there everyone,

Since my first post back when the Exchange was just released, it has greatly evolved, getting more users and allowing much better post editing tools (kudos to the team!). With the year end holidays coming up for many of us it is a great time to pick up a new book, so I just wanted to resurface this post and clean it up visually.

As a reminder this list is based on Mr @Raoul Pal public appearances and by no means exhaustive: