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APPLYING PRACTICAL INSIGHT TO
COMPLEX FINANCIAL CONCEPTS

Karen Firestone has spent over thirty years honing skills applied to
the investment world, while at the same time navigating a path through the work/familyscape. She considers many issues from an unusual angle, including stock market movement, factors facing professional women today, and how to think in simple terms about some complex financial structures. Karen shares her observations in posts that also appear in the Harvard Business Review and Huffington Post. As the CEO of Aureus Asset Management, a former fund manager at Fidelity Investments, and the mother of four grown children, Karen has a rare perspective into which she injects humor and some irreverence.

CNBC: Charles Schwab

Kari was on CNBC’s The Halftime Report to talk about the prospects of Charles Schwab (SCHW) and why she is long the name. Watch the full video on CNBC.com 

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CNBC: Why the mixed signals on GDP growth are ‘driving me crazy’

Kari recently wrote a piece for CNBC about the recent divergence between “soft” data (economic surveys and sentiment indicators) and “hard” data (actual economic data points like jobs numbers and the unemployment rate). The data tells two different stories. Read the full article on CNBC.com

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HBR: When Was the Last Time You Took On a New Challenge?

This article was originally posted in The Harvard Business Review Each January brings a renewed desire to challenge ourselves and learn something new. But by February the energy starts to wane. Becoming proficient at something takes too much time, we lose motivation to practice, we struggle to pay attention in class after a long day…

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HuffPo: BONFIRE OF THE VAIN ONES

Conceptual image of frustrated businessman lost in huge garden maze.

This piece was recently featured in The Huffington Post Sometimes I am sitting in a meeting and suddenly Tom Wolfe’s great 1987 novel, “Bonfire of the Vanities” pops into mind. It happens in the presence of a “Master of the Universe,” that deliciously described symbol of Wall Street success. He (almost always a “he”) is a…

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