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He’s the bond king you may have never heard of.
Josh Barrickman, 42, oversees $US625 billion in fixed-income assets for Vanguard. That includes the world’s two largest bond funds: the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund and the Vanguard Total Bond Market II Index Fund, with $US190 billion and $US139 billion respectively, according to Morningstar.
We recently caught up with Barrickman to get his views on bond markets, how passive behemoths like Vanguard are changing markets, and what it’s like to oversee so much money. You can read the interview here.
Elsewhere in finance news, President Donald Trump is likely to nominate Fed Governor Jerome Powell as the next Fed chair. Maverick Capital, a $US10.5 billion hedge fund that’s had a lousy year, has a plan to turn it around. The president of struggling $US2 billion hedge fund Hutchin Hill Capital is set to depart.
The asset management industry is going to boom in the next decade — but it’s set for “seismic changes.” The CEO of Goldman Sachs cryptically tweeted about the bank’s post-Brexit plans in the UK.
And Steve Bannon is reportedly on the warpath against hedge fund titan Paul Singer.
Elsewhere in politics news, Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, surrendered to the FBI on Monday. The FBI’s indictment of Paul Manafort shows he spent over $US12 million on Range Rovers, men’s clothing, and home improvements in the Hamptons. The investigation is making the Republican tax plan rollout a “sideshow” — but that might not be a bad thing for Republicans.
In deal news, CVS is plotting a $US66 billion takeover — and it has a lot to do with fending off Amazon. Lennar’s $US9.3 billion merger with a rival perfectly captures two of the biggest problems with housing in America.
In markets news and views:
- Investors are running out of cash — and that’s terrible news for the stock market
- NOMURA: Traders should be on the lookout for “catapult risk”
- America’s biggest companies are investing more in themselves — and it’s causing a huge shift in the stock market
- Apple can’t seem to make enough iPhone Xs — but Wall Street doesn’t care
- Millennials’ coffee preferences are wildly different from their parents’ — and Starbucks is set to reap the rewards
- Facebook is trading at all-time highs ahead of Wednesday’s earnings
- An analyst downgraded Chipotle for paying its workers too much, and it tells you everything wrong with the economy right now
Lastly, a “private palace” with a 200-person dining room and columns from the ruins of Pompeii is on sale in London.
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