My guest today is Paul Enright, managing partner at Krainos Capital, his family office. Before running his own family office, Paul worked on the buy-side at Viking Global for over a decade managing their consumer and technology portfolios and before that at Morgan Stanley on the sell-side.
I thought Paul would be the perfect person to help me demystify the world of high finance – explaining the difference between the buy-side and sell-side, how long/shorts differ from long onlys, and walking through the various jobs in the investing world. In addition to setting that foundation, we also cover the evolution of the buy-side, what makes someone a great researcher verse a great stock picker, and various portfolio construction methodologies. Paul brings such a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. I think this episode will be enjoyable for investing novices and professionals alike.
Please enjoy my conversation with Paul Enright.
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[00:03:39] - [First question] - His history in both the buy and sell side
[00:05:20] - Different types of roles on the buy side and sell side
[00:06:48] - Interest sets that best align with being a buyer or a seller
[00:07:57] - The emotional experience of being on the buy side and exposed to risk
[00:08:53] - How the nature of buying and portfolio construction has changed
[00:10;15] - What Regulation Fair Disclosure (Reg FD) is
[00:12:46] - Key terminology and definitions of long-only and long-short funds
[00:17:40] - Varying clusters of long-short funds and defining each type
[00:21:48] - Differences in exposure between a platform model versus a traditional long-short stock picking sense
[00:25:16] - Skill sets that are most important to have when navigating this space
[00:29:03] - What is good and what is great when it comes to “digging”
[00:31:20] - Why the quality of one’s analysis matters
[00:33:10] - Having a potential edge when deciding based on someone else’s analysis
[00:35:19] - Foundational building blocks of an effective pitch
[00:37:20] - Finding wrongly identified stocks and reaping the rewards
[00:40:49] - Overview of good portfolio construction and lessons learned over the years
[00:44:06] - Why hedge funds tend to traffic heavily in T.M.T. and consumer sectors
[00:45:53] - Elements that strike him as great in a business
[00:48:05] - A business that once seemed great but has since faded away
[00:49:22] - Why hedge-fund managers seem to always make the most money
[00:53:50] - What a well run firm looks like
[00:56:39] - Characteristics that may make you well suited for a career in fund management
[01:00:23] - Why quality mentors and portfolio managers are so important when deciding where you want to work
[01:01:38] - What interests him mosts in markets today
[01:05:20] - Useful frameworks and formulas used when approaching a new business
[01:08:15] - Interesting features about telecom businesses and what defines them
[01:10:45] - The future of the modern world’s internet infrastructure
[01:14:44] - Abundance vs zero-sum and fixed vs growth mindsets
[01:18:12] - The kindest thing anyone’s ever done for him