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The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies through Biomimicry by Katherine Collins

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Transformation 5

From Mechanical to Mindful

You’re right on the line!” an agitated audience member proclaimed. I had just presented results for the mid-cap funds I was managing to a big group of financial advisors.

“Ummm, what line?” I asked, a little bit confused. The backdrop to these meetings was a positive one: the funds were doing well, and so was the overall stock market (this was the late 1990s), so it was unusual to meet an unhappy investor. My first alarming thought was that he meant some sort of ethical line, or a personal one—that he did not approve of some of the fund’s holdings, or thought I had invested too much in technology stocks.

“This one!” he poked his finger at a set of papers. It was not a metaphorical limit he meant—it ...

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