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Marketing and Finance (MAF) Podcast

Oct 19, 2017

Ramin Nakisa on the death of the Alpha Cult: active versus passive investments - MAF146

This week on the show my guest is Ramin Nakisa.

We chat about active versus passive investment strategies and the death of what Ramin describes as "The Alpha Cult".

Welcome to episode 146 of the Marketing and Finance Podcast.

We chat about:

  • Why the belief that active investments can consistently out-perform markets is known as "The Alpha Cult"
  • The difference between Alpha and Beta - active and passive
  • How the US is ahead of the UK in its attitude to these approaches
  • The role of the independent financial adviser as a teacher and financial coach
  • The investment philosophies of Jack Bogle and The Vanguard Group

Who is Ramin Nakisa?

Ramin is co-founder of Pension Craft Ltd. He specialises in investment research and strategy with a focus on producing actionable, global cross-asset allocation ideas to maximise return while managing risk. Focus on an analytical and fundamental approach to investment.

Ramin has outstanding cross-asset knowledge, excellent presentation skills and a proven ability to present complex ideas in a simple way, exceptional writing skills honed through writing a weekly research publication and a finance book, the ability to transform a macro view into a position or trades, strong numerical analysis skills and the ability to implement those ideas in R, Excel or C++.

Links and Show Notes.

For links to the books and apps mentioned by Ramin, please visit for the show notes.

What is the Marketing and Finance (MAF) Podcast?

The podcast for ideas and inspiration on marketing your business and growing your business, and for discussing topics on all things finance.

The MAF Podcast is a 30 minute radio show you download from, iTunes or Stitcher Radio.

Each week you'll hear interviews with business experts, marketers, entreprenuers and journalists. Interviews to listen to in the car, on the train or on the treadmill. Or even in the bath!

We talk about:

  • How you can grow your business using content marketing and social media
  • How you can keep your Marketing strategy and communications simple
  • Topics, issues, products and business models from the world of finance

You’ll take away one or two big ideas that you can apply to your business. So you can keep marketing your business to keep growing your business.

I’m your host, Roger Edwards.

A marketing guy from Edinburgh, Roger helps people keep their marketing simple in a world where complexity threatens to stifle business success.

An experienced marketing professional, helping businesses with their marketing strategy, content and social media.

Roger clocked up many years in the ‘big corporate’ world as marketing director of several UK financial services brands before setting up his own consultancy. Some of you might remember me as the Marketing Director and Managing Director of Bright Grey and Scottish Provident.

He now uses his expertise to guide his clients in designing engaging campaigns and is known as a prolific content creator, podcaster and a speaker.

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Would you be interested in appearing on the MAF Podcast? Have you an exciting marketing or finance story to tell? Do you fancy drawing out some inspirational ideas that MAF listeners can take away to use in their own businesses? Do please contact me if you want to get involved.