Sunday, December 4, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide For Investors & Financial Professionals

Each year we highlight some relevant gift ideas for investors & financial professional besides the obvious (liquor).  Whether you need ideas for clients, partners, employees, or even for yourself, here's the 2016 guide:

Discounts on Publications

Wall Street Journal Discount - 50% off 12 months

Hedge Fund Wisdom - Our quarterly newsletter summarizing 13F filings


Recommended Books

  Margin of Safety - If you have someone to impress, get them a rare physical copy of Seth Klarman's book that has been out of print for many years

  So You Want To Start a Hedge Fund - Somewhat cheesy title, but in reality a good book & quick read with lessons on success and failure from major funds (see our review here) 

  Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion - Frequently recommended by Charlie Munger; Enough said 

  Quality Investing: Owning the Best Companies for the Long Term - Good read by Larry Cunningham 
  
  The Undoing Project - Michael Lewis's new book on the beginnings of behavioral finance 

  The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business


TV Shows / Movies / Documentaries

  Billions (Season 1) - The first major show about a hedge fund manager, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis.  Play catch up before Season 2 starts in 2017

  The Big Short - Movie adaptation of Michael Lewis's book of the same name; Starring Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt & Steve Carell

  Margin Call - One of the few good movies on Wall Street.  Features Kevin Spacey and Zachary Quinto, among others

  Jiro Dreams of Sushi - There's a lot of parallels to investing in this documentary (we wrote about it here) about one of the world's top sushi chefs and his dedication to perfecting his craft


Technology

  Amazon Echo - The famous 'Alexa' personal assistant

  Apple Macbook Pro Laptop - The newly released version with Touch Bar

  Apple Macbook Laptop - Ultra portable and lightweight laptop with retina display, perfect for travel

  24-inch or 27-inch IPS Computer Monitors by Acer - Get 2 or 3 for a great multi-screen setup for work or home office

  Sonos Wireless Speakers - Great for streaming music; put one in each room


Miscellaneous

  Wall St Bull Mini Statue - Pretend you're David Tepper and rub the bull's balls for good luck on trades

  Buy / Sell / Hold Dice - Nice office accessory; Roll the dice for your investment decisions

  Lehman Brothers Coffee Mug - Sip ironically
  
  Crystal Whiskey Decanter & Glasses - Class up an office Mad Men-style

  "Hedge fund" Piggy Bank - Gag gift

  Board Game: Catan - A strategic game where players acquire and trade natural resources to develop holdings


Happy Holidays!