Alt Goes Mainstream: The Latest on Alternative Investments, WealthTech, & Private Markets

Welcome back to the Alt Goes Mainstream podcast.

Today’s podcast provided us with an in-depth tour of financial markets with a student of both finance and history. And what a tour guide we had. Marc Rubinstein, an investment professional with 25 years of experience researching and investing in financial services joined us on the show.

Marc started his career as an equity research analyst, where he ultimately became a MD at Credit Suisse, leading the European banking sector equity research group before joining Lansdowne Partners. Lansdowne was one of Europe’s largest hedge funds, where he was a Partner and managed the award-winning $4B global long/short financials equity fund.

He retired from Lansdowne in 2016 and, after going back to school to obtain his MBA from LBS, he launched Net Interest, a wildly popular and incredibly thoughtful newsletter on financial sector themes. I find Marc’s thoughts and views on Net Interest equal parts insightful and digestible. Marc is also an active value investor and early-stage fintech investor, where he was an early investor in Revolut. He’s also a contributor to Bloomberg Opinion.

Marc and I had a fascinating conversation about a number of themes that are defining private markets. We discussed:
  • Why most businesses are marketplaces and what that means for how one should evaluate a business.
  • Whether or not private credit is a systemic risk.
  • Why the Silicon Valley Bank crisis occurred and why private credit firms are filling the void.
  • Where to look for new asset classes and how they become institutionalized.
  • The nuts and bolts of alternative asset managers as businesses.
  • Why pod shops have featured in the hedge fund world and why PE and VC will have different versions of pod shops.
  • Why content is key for financial services businesses.
  • How financial media has evolved and why the narrative arc of companies is a perspective that Marc enjoys covering
Thanks Marc for coming on the Alt Goes Mainstream podcast to share your wisdom on financial services and financial markets.

Introduction and Background
Getting into the World of Finance
Banks Today and the Rise of Alternative Asset Managers
Regulatory Concerns and Private Credit
Systemic Risk and Excessive Growth
Identifying Risks in Private Credit
Scale and Returns in Asset Management
The Growth of Large Platforms in Private Markets
The Equilibrium of Scale and Returns
The Convergence of Traditional and Alternative Asset Management
The Trend of Evergreen Funds in Private Markets
The Acquisition of GIP by BlackRock
The Competition Between BlackRock and Blackstone
The Merging of Traditional and Alternative Asset Management
The Future of Active Management
Lessons from the Financial Crisis
The Impact of Media on Financial Services
The Trend of Permanent Capital in Private Markets
The Evolution of Media in Financial Services
The Role of Content in Financial Services
The Importance of Understanding Financial Services History
The Relevance of Deep Analysis in Financial Services
Value Creation through Content
Different Paths for Content Businesses
Purity of Content in Financial Services
The Future of Content in Financial Services
The Impact of AI on Investment Recommendations
The Value of Artisanal Work and Intelligence
Pod Shops in Private Markets
GP Stakes as an Analogy to Pod Shops
The Psychology of Discounting Private Markets
The Growth and Sustainability of Private Markets
Infrastructure as an Interesting Alternative Investment

What is Alt Goes Mainstream: The Latest on Alternative Investments, WealthTech, & Private Markets?

Alt Goes Mainstream podcast is the place to turn to for interviews with some of the brightest and most experienced minds in the world of alternative investing, private equity (PE), venture capital (VC), real estate, crypto, collectibles and more. For anyone looking to invest into alternative assets (from experienced wealth managers to family offices to the individual investor looking for a more diversified investment portfolio), you’ll hear inside stories from executives and founders at some of the world’s largest financial institutions, alternative investment firms, and FinTech startups. More than a personal finance podcast, Alt Goes Mainstream dives deep into trends, investment strategies, firm building lessons, and innovative technologies that are enabling investors to access private markets and invest into alternative assets.