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Leading adviser team joins Koda Capital

27 May 2024

High-net-worth advice firm Koda Capital has poached three advisers from rival JBWere, who together spoke for nearly $1 billion in client assets. Street Talk understands Simon Talbot, Elizabeth Watson and Caitlin Laffey have tendered their resignations at the NAB-owned wealth management group and are due to resurface in Koda Capital’s Melbourne office in July. Talbot...

Koda Wins ‘Best for Sustainability’ in Prestigious Euromoney Awards

22 Mar 2024

In the recently released Euromoney 2024 Private Banking Awards, Koda Capital was named ‘Best for Sustainability’. This is the second year in a row that Koda has won this award, and this recognition reflects the investment Koda has made in its capability and offering in this space. The Private Banking Awards for 2024 have been...

Rising Tide: How Non-Profit Philanthropic Investors Approach Responsible Investing

30 Apr 2024

Over the past decade, purpose-driven investors have increasingly embraced the concept and practice of responsible investing. Today, many view investment capital through the prism of its real-world impact. Some go further and deploy capital with the deliberate intention of generating additional positive impact for their organisation, society and the environment. In late 2023, Koda’s Philanthropy & Social...

Do Valuations Matter?

13 Mar 2024

In an investment landscape where traditional valuation metrics are constantly challenged, investors are increasingly asking: do valuations still matter in today’s market? The old principle of mean reversion appears to contradict the phenomenon that expensive assets can climb even higher and seemingly cheap investments can become value traps. The paper discusses the relationship between valuations...

Ep 171:

Greg Mauro – Venture into education

03 Jun 2024 | 58:37 mins

In this episode of Inside the Rope, David interviews Greg Mauro, founder of Learn Capital. The episode focuses on Mauro’s venture capital fund, highlighting its emphasis on educational investments and some of the well-known companies Greg has invested in. Greg shares his transition from a tech entrepreneur to a significant figure in venture capital, underlining...

In this episode of Inside the Rope, David interviews Greg Mauro, founder of Learn Capital. The episode focuses on Mauro’s venture capital fund, highlighting its emphasis on educational investments and some of the well-known companies Greg has invested in. Greg shares his transition from a tech entrepreneur to a significant figure in venture capital, underlining his extensive experience in technology and entrepreneurial investments. The conversation also covers his ownership stake in Powder Mountain, the U.S.’s largest ski field, alongside notable tech entrepreneur Reid Hastings, offering insights into Greg’s diverse commercial interests. Additionally, Greg discusses his impactful role in the educational sector through his investments, aiming to transform educational outcomes with technology.

Greg Mauro is the Founder & Managing Partner at Learn Capital and oversees the investing practice of the firm. Greg previously managed an affiliate of Founders Fund and co-founded several venture-backed startups used by millions across the education, wireless, and media sectors. Greg has helped lead Learn investments in companies such as Coursera, Udemy, General Assembly, OnDeck, Ascent, Wave Neuro, and MindPortal. Greg is the co-founder of Edmodo, the world’s largest social network for learning with over 100M users. Greg also helped incubate and co-found Higher Ground Education, the world’s largest Montessori operator, where he serves on the board and is the largest investor. Greg has served on the board of NewGlobe — where Learn is also the largest investor — as the company has grown from serving one school to over 8,000, transforming the lives of over 3M students across Africa and India.

Ep 170:

Elizabeth Burton – Building a diversified portfolio

15 May 2024 | 39:37 mins

In this episode of Inside the Rope, David is joined by Elizabeth Burton, a Managing Director and client investment strategist at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Based in New York, Elizabeth shares her extensive background in finance, transitioning from a Chief Investment Officer for the state of Hawaii to her current role at Goldman Sachs. She...

In this episode of Inside the Rope, David is joined by Elizabeth Burton, a Managing Director and client investment strategist at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Based in New York, Elizabeth shares her extensive background in finance, transitioning from a Chief Investment Officer for the state of Hawaii to her current role at Goldman Sachs. She provides insights into the current investment landscape, focusing on the differences in asset allocation between institutional and smaller investors, and also discusses the unique advantages smaller investors hold. Elizabeth also highlights Goldman Sachs’ perspective on preferred asset classes and asset allocation strategies in today’s market.

Elizabeth Burton is the Managing Director and Client Investment Strategist, Goldman Sachs. Previously Elizabeth was Chief Investment Officer of the Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii (“HIERS”), where she oversaw $19 billion in pension fund assets.

Ep 10:

The Upside of Maintaining Diversification

15 May 2024 | 2:56 mins

The phrase “diversification is the only free lunch in investing” is attributed to the Nobel Prize laureate Harry Markowitz. Investors accept this principle with few exceptions, however when faced with market turbulence many will retreat to the set of risks that are most familiar to them. In the process they often reduce the diversification of...

The phrase “diversification is the only free lunch in investing” is attributed to the Nobel Prize laureate Harry Markowitz. Investors accept this principle with few exceptions, however when faced with market turbulence many will retreat to the set of risks that are most familiar to them. In the process they often reduce the diversification of their portfolio and alter the risk and reward dynamics of their investments.

In 2020 Koda Capital Adviser & Partner Michael Massey published a paper titled ‘The Upside of Maintaining Diversification’. This is one of three papers in a trilogy series outlining the principles behind Koda’s investment philosophy: diversification, upside/downside capture and time in the market.

These principles are embedded in the strategies we use to construct client portfolios in a way that ensures investments have appropriate levels of diversification both across and within different asset classes. This balance, when combined with investing through cycles, enables clients to enjoy the benefits of compounding returns over the long term.

The full paper is available to download from Koda’s site at https://kodacapital.com/insights/the-upside-of-maintaining-diversification/

 

Ep 9:

The Upside of Minimising Downside

27 Mar 2024 | 2:51 mins

At Koda Capital, we observe that many investors tend to focus attention on the upside potential of their investments. While considering gains and strong portfolio returns is natural for investors, minimising a portfolio’s losses in falling markets is far more important to long term investment success than maximising gains in rising markets. In 2020 Koda...

At Koda Capital, we observe that many investors tend to focus attention on the upside potential of their investments. While considering gains and strong portfolio returns is natural for investors, minimising a portfolio’s losses in falling markets is far more important to long term investment success than maximising gains in rising markets.

In 2020 Koda Capital Adviser & Partner Michael Massey published a paper titled ‘The Upside of Minimising Downside’. This is one of three papers in a trilogy series outlining the principles behind Koda’s investment philosophy: diversification, upside/downside capture and time in the market.

These principles are embedded in the strategies we use to construct client portfolios in a way that ensures investments have appropriate exposure to the upside while also minimising the downside. This balance, when combined with investing through cycles, enables clients to enjoy the benefits of compounding returns over the long term.

The full paper is available to download from Koda’s site at https://kodacapital.com/insights/the-upside-of-minimising-downside/

 

Koda in numbers

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Average years of experience (Koda Partners)

48

Partners

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