The skeptical investor

Tuesday 06 September 2022 | 18:30 - 19:30 | Evening Event

This is an in-person networking and knowledge sharing opportunity.

The ability to detect weak arguments is vital to good investment decision-making. Every investment professional weighs and evaluates arguments all the time, and we could all improve. 

In this session Robert Macrae, CFA, will share real life examples of questionable financial decisions and why we should look for poor arguments. He will ask the following questions:

  • Where are questionable arguments most often found? 
  • How can they be detected? 
  • When a weak argument is identified, what inferences and conclusions should we draw?


Registration: 18:00

Event: 18:30 - 19:30

Networking: 19:30 - 20:30

CPD Points: 1.00


Robert Macrae, CFA, Research Associate, LSE Systemic Risk Centre

Robert Macrae, CFA, has spent the last 30 years applying a skeptical approach to problems in investment, finance and risk.

Robert studied electrical engineering at Imperial College, London and started his career in electronics, before moving to finance and eventually managing several long/short hedge funds.

He is now a Research Associate at the LSE Systemic Risk Centre with areas of interest spanning hedge funds, risk control, tail risk, financial crises, financial regulation and machine learning.

Robert's current research interests are illustrated by a range of articles and talks including: The appropriate use of risk models, several subsequent VoxEU articles, and a  paper  and  talk  discussing the impact machine learning will have on systemic risk.

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