How to Invest: GOAT Edition | The Carlyle Group's David Rubenstein


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David M. Rubenstein is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful private investment firms. Established in 1987, Carlyle now manages $325 billion from 26 offices around the world. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the National Gallery of Art. He is an original signer of The Giving Pledge and a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and the MoMA’s David Rockefeller Award.

David returns to the show for a third interview with James to discuss his new book, How to Invest: Masters on the Craft, which pulls from his one-on-one interviews with the biggest names in finance, including Ray Dalio, Marc Andreessen, Stan Druckenmiller, Sam Zell, Mike Novogratz, Larry Fink, and Mary Callahan Erdoes.

Topics include:

  • What is the role of obsession in skill development? (04:03)
  • Investment risk vs reputational risk (07:23)
  • What are the most intriguing asset classes? (12:21)
  • How much does an individual need to invest in distressed debt? (15:34)
  • How important is the psychological component of investing? (21:26)
  • Does the Federal Reserve actually know what to do about inflation? (25:19)
  • Does the student loan forgiveness act counteract the Federal Reserve? (31:41)
  • Value investing vs growth investing (35:41)
  • How does David Rubenstein personally invest his money? (40:25)
  • How do you protect downside risk? (51:36)

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