Karen Karniol-Tambour - Macro Headwinds vs. Tech Tailwinds - [Invest Like the Best, EP.329]
Today’s conversation was recorded during last week’s Sohn Conference. I sat down with Karen Karniol-Tambour, Co-CIO at Bridgewater Associates. I hosted Karen on this show two years ago and if you listened to that, you’ll remember she has a rare skill for distilling and analysing complex macro topics. Today’s environment is strikingly different to the summer of 2021 so this is a timely conversation on the big macro variables that are on investors’ minds today. Please enjoy my conversation with Karen Karniol-Tambour.
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(00:03:05 ) - (First question) - Her take on AI and watching this new technology unfold
(00:06:39 ) - Things she’s watching in the AI space that might lead to taking portfolio action
(00:09:19 ) - Potentially using AI to inform or make investment decisions
(00:10:17 ) - Why might it be the case that no one can use AI for investing in macro markets
(00:11:14 ) - What she’d write about regarding the general state of capital markets today
(00:13:46 ) - What pricing is telling us about market sentiment writ large
(00:15:47 ) - Thinking about portfolio positioning in light of the unattractive state of risk assets
(00:17:17 ) - Her perspectives on gold historically and today
(00:20:09 ) - Big long-term slow-moving macro variables that aren’t quite visible yet
(00:22:09 ) - The all-weather portfolio and building one in light of so much uncertainty
(00:24:38 ) - The rise of China, its growing power, and potential conflicts with the US
(00:28:01 ) - Monitoring for things like the banking crisis beneath the public narrative
(00:31:13 ) - Non-obvious variables that currently have her attention
(00:33:29 ) - “Overrated or underrated” rapid-fire questions
(00:36:04 ) - What it’s been like being the CIO of Bridgewater so far