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ALO04: Insights from the Queens Bank CIO ft. Alan Higgins
2nd March 2022 • Top Traders Unplugged • Niels Kaastrup-Larsen
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On today’s episode, Alan Dunne is joined by Alan Higgins, the CIO and Chief Market Strategise of Coutts UK, also known as the Queens Bank, to discuss sound ways to invest in today’s environment, Alan’s interest at an early age in how to earn a risk premium, being a 60/40 investor and how the strategy will evolve, asset management vs. wealth management, distressed debt investing, behavioural biases, inflation, equity and interest rates, as well as the Yale Approach finishing off with some book recommendations on asset allocation and investing.


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In this episode, we discuss:

  • What the 60/40 portfolio will look like in the next decade
  • The surprise of markets ability to trend
  • The value of Risk Mitigation, but how it’s not enough
  • Insights to the inflationary period in the UK under Nigel Lawson
  • Why this time feels different
  • Lessons from the 1987 Crash


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Episode TimeStamps:

00:00 - Intro

03:05 - Alan’s background and current role

04:44 - Risk premium and fixed income

24:33 - Setbacks and drawdowns

26:45 - Inflation

35:06 - Interest rates, bonds and dividends

43:22 - Asset allocation and portfolio construction

46:18 - Alan’s role at Eighteen48 Partners

48:33 - David Swensen and the Yale Approach

50:15 - Risks of private equity strategies

52:16 - Good vs. bad investment processes

55:00 - Managing investment teams

56:52 - Book recommendations

01:01:06 - Summary by Niels

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