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The Wall Street Lab is a podcast that explores the world of finance from an insider perspective. The hosts, Lukasz Musialski and Leo Severino, interview top financial professionals in the fields of private equity, hedge funds, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, asset management, venture capital, management consulting, trading and many more. The themes range from investment related topics, financial markets and news, career development in finance, favorite books, personal habits, just to name a few.

The Wall Street Lab is a podcast that explores the world of finance from an insider perspective. The hosts, Lukasz Musialski and Leo Severino, interview top financial professionals in the fields of private equity, hedge funds, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, asset management, venture capital, management consulting, trading and many more. The themes range from investment related topics, financial markets and news, career development in finance, favorite books, personal habits, just to name a few.
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The Wall Street Lab is a podcast that explores the world of finance from an insider perspective. The hosts, Lukasz Musialski and Leo Severino, interview top financial professionals in the fields of private equity, hedge funds, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, asset management, venture capital, management consulting, trading and many more. The themes range from investment related topics, financial markets and news, career development in finance, favorite books, personal habits, just to name a few.

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English


Episodes

#35 Gerard Tong - The unromantic truth about becoming a trader

8/2/2019
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If you always wanted to have a real and unromantic view on what it takes to be a trader, this is the episode for you. Gerard is Principle at Epitrain, a financial markets, business, and project management training company. He also teaches Trading courses at the National University of Singapore, one of Asia’s most prestigious universities and Singapore Management University. Gerard has been in the realms of trading since 1992, the very early days of trading in Singapore. In the past 25...

Duration:00:48:40

#34 Paul Smith - President and CEO of the CFA Institute

7/18/2019
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This week, we had the pleasure to speak to the current (as of July 2019) CEO of the CFA Institute, Paul Smith. In our conversation, we cover some of Paul’s challenges in running the CFA Institute during his almost 5-year tenure, the future of the investment management industry, his vision for the organization, why he thinks it is important to have a mandatory Continuing Professional Development requirement for CFA Charterholders, as well as why he thinks young professionals interested in...

Duration:00:47:15

#33 David Salem - A Deep Dive into Capital Allocation

7/5/2019
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#33 David Salem - A Deep Dive into Capital Allocation This interview is a true master class for anyone interested in capital allocation and manager selection. We had the great pleasure to speak to David Salem, the Co-Chairman of New Providence Asset Management, a firm that provides investment office solutions for endowments, foundations and family offices. David is also a contributor to Epsilon Theory, an online community in which he writes extremely thoughtful articles about investment...

Duration:01:09:18

#32 Iven Kurz – Passive Dynamic Investing

6/13/2019
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We had the pleasure to chat with Iven Kurz, founder and CEO of Evergreen GmbH. Evergreen is a German retirement focused Robo advisor. Before founding his own company, Iven was a total return fund manager for two of the biggest German Private Banks. The total return investing style Iven uses is called Passive Dynamic Investing, which is based on the Black-Scholes Option Pricing Theory and he used for many years. We dive deep into the weeds of this investment form and see why it is being...

Duration:01:02:31

#31 Joseph Lau – How to Become a Financial Modelling World Champion

5/30/2019
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This week’s episode is a treat to all of the excel geeks out there. We are delighted to share the conversation we had with Joseph Lau, the only 2-time Financial Modelling World Champion at the ModelOff competition. We cover many interesting topics, ranging from his experience competing at the ModelOff competition, common mistakes people make in financial modelling, and tips on how to excel (pun intended) at financial modelling. Besides being a World Champion in his spare time, Joseph is a...

Duration:00:29:03

#30 Charlie Eaton - Pioneering the Placement Agent Industry

5/17/2019
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This week we are talking about the placement agent business in the alternative investments space. We could not have imagined finding a better person to discuss this topic with than Charles “Charlie” Eaton, the Founder of Eaton Partners and one of the pioneers of the whole industry. Charlie founded Eaton Partners in 1983 as one of the first and now one of the largest placement agents in the world. Eaton Partners was acquired by Stifel Financial in 2016. According to Eaton Partners’ website,...

Duration:00:59:13

#29 Dan Rasmussen - Disrupting Private Equity

5/3/2019
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Dan Rasmussen is the Founder and Portfolio Manager at Verdad, a hedge fund that attempts to replicate privately-equity like returns through investments in publicly listed highly leveraged micro-caps. Before starting Verdad, Dan worked at Bain Capital and Bridgewater Associates. Dan graduated from Harvard summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is the New York Times bestselling author of American Uprising: The Untold Story of...

Duration:00:46:56

#28 Otavio Costa - Global Macro Hedge Fund Research, Economic Indicators and Business Cycle

4/18/2019
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Otavio Costa has been an analyst on Crescat’s investment team for more than five years with a focus on global cross-asset research. “Tavi” built Crescat’s macro model that identifies the current stage of the US economic cycle through a combination of 16 factors. His research has been featured multiple times in financial publications such as Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal. Tavi is a native of São Paulo, Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Before joining Crescat, he...

Duration:01:10:26

#27 Joern Czech - Alternative Investments, Investment Banking and Entrepreneurship in Finance

3/28/2019
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Joern Czech is the Co-Founder and Manager of IANUA Market Limited, an Alternative Investment platform and intelligence hub, founded in 2018. They simplify Alternative Investing for professional investors, co-invest with them into curated investment opportunities. Joern’s career started in Trading for a local German bank before he moved into Institutional Sales for Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. Just before founding IANUA, Joern was a partner and Head of Business Development and Investor...

Duration:00:45:39

#26 Tobias Schulz - Venture Capital, Market Trends, German VC Ecosystem, Portfolio Management and How to Become a VC

3/14/2019
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Tobias Schulz is an Investment Manager at HTGF. High-Tech Gründerfonds is one of Europe’s biggest venture capital groups and an early stage seed investor focused on high potential high-tech start-ups. Before joining HTGF Tobias has worked as an entrepreneur and has experience in the private equity industry. In the episode we talked about the following topics: How to manage a big portfolio of Startups The venture capital market trends Europe vs US VC market How do startups scale? How do VC...

Duration:00:38:49

#25 Michael John Lytle - ETF Business, Fixed Income, CDS and the Financial Crisis

2/28/2019
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Michael John (‘MJ’) Lytle is the CEO of Tabula Investment Management, a provider of fixed income ETFs. Tabula aims to bring investors precise credit exposure. He also was a founding partner of Source, a ETF Provider, which as of 2017 is part of Invesco. He also was a founding partner of Source, a ETF Provider, which as of 2017 is part of Invesco. At Source we was the Chief Development Officer, with specific responsibility for marketing and broader involvement in product creation and...

Duration:01:04:56

Update: End of Season II

7/6/2018
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We are taking a little breather! Season 2 of The Wall Street Lab podcast is coming to an end. As much as we regret not being part of your commute for the next 3 months, we look back to the interviews we conducted in Season 2 with great satisfaction. As in Season 1, the focus was in finding great guests to share their insights with us about their niche in the finance world with you, which this season included hedge funds, private equity, artificial intelligence, shipping finance, corporate...

Duration:00:02:00

#24 Kerstin Eichmann & Moritz Jungmann - Corporate Venture Capital, Machine Economy and the Future of Energy

6/21/2018
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Kerstin Eichmann and Moritz Jungmann are a part of the Innogy Innovation Hub which is the corporate venture capital arm of Innogy. The Innogy Innovation Hub and Innogy Ventures are funded by Innogy SE, a leading German energy company with revenue of around €43 billion (2017), more than 42,000 employees and activities in 16 countries across Europe. Innogy Innovation Hub, is looking to drive game-changing ideas that can revolutionise an existing business model or industry permanently. The...

Duration:00:39:26

#23 Peter Schwicht - Asset Management, Megatrends, ESG Investing, Financial Research and Regulation

6/7/2018
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Peter Schwicht is the former CEO of JP Morgan Asset Management EMEA. He held various positions in JP Morgan over the years including being the head of trading for JP Morgan Germany. Currently he is sitting on the board of many companies and continuing to share his expertize. In the interview, we touch on many topics such as: Megatrends in Asset management as well as ESG investing and how regulation impacts the asset management industry. More of the topics we cover in the interview are:...

Duration:00:46:52

#22 Sven Korschinowski - Future of Payments, Banking, Fintech Regulation and How to Become a Partner

5/24/2018
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Sven Korschinowski is Partner for Payments and Banking at KPMG, one of the big four auditing and consulting companies. Before that he worked for a long time at Deutsche Bank in various countries. In our conversation we have a wide-ranging conversation from consulting, over fintech, payment, banking, innovation, blockchain, and for the ambitious among you: career advice on becoming a partner at KPMG. Topics we cover in the interview: Introduction and career advice in consulting Fintech vs...

Duration:01:06:04

#21 Olaf Danckwerts - Ship Finance and the Shipping Industry

5/10/2018
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Olaf Danckwerts has spent many years working on ship finance deals for some of the biggest banks and financial institutions in the shipping finance and restructuring fields. In our conversation we cover the topic such as: introduction the ship finance field, what characteristics does ship finance as an asset class have and how deals typically look like in that space... Oh and also pirates. Topics we cover in the interview: Introduction to ship finance and the shipping industry How does ship...

Duration:00:41:53

#20 Stefan Schuetze & Juan Rodriguez - Venture Capital, Fintech, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain and ICOs

4/26/2018
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Stefan Schuetze & Juan Rodriguez are both part of the board of directors of Finlab AG, one of the first and one of the largest German company builders and investors in the financial services technology sector. Both Stefan and Juan have extensive experience in working in the Venture Capital, Fintech and Startups space. In the conversation we take a deep dive into the topic ranging from venture capital and fintech to blockchain and ICOs. Some of the topics we discuss in the interview include:...

Duration:01:07:01

#19 Jane Coffey - Financial Careers, Asset Management and Behavioral Finance

4/12/2018
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Jane Coffey is an experienced financial professional and an executive coach. She has extensive experience in asset management having been the head of equities and executive director as well as an investment professional across various well respected institutions. She is also heavily involved with the CFA institute in the UK. In our conversation with Jane we discussed various aspects of financial careers, asset management and behavioural finance. Here are a few topics we have discussed: How...

Duration:00:53:06

#18 Prof. Oliver Gottschalg - Private Equity Research, Performance Persistence and Data Acquisition

3/28/2018
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Prof. Oliver Gottschalg is one of the leading researchers in private equity space. He is a an associate professor at HEC Paris but also among other things he is a co-founder and head of research at Peracs, a firm providing analytics and research on private equity investments. In our conversation with Prof Gottschalg we discussed various aspects of private equity as an asset class, performance measurements in the space as well as various other related topics. Here are a few items we have...

Duration:00:55:46

#17 Ralf Heim - Fintechs, Robo-advice, AI & Entrepreneurship

3/15/2018
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Ralf Heim is the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Fincite, a digital wealth management fintech and one of the fastest growing startups in Germany currently employing over 60 people. He has a developer background. He has worked for two startups. He started developing database mostly for logistics companies as a freelancer beginning with 16. He very early joined a business intelligence startup and quickly rose in ranks to head the business development and joining the extended management board. After...

Duration:01:02:07