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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.

Op-ed: Investors should watch how companies are retooling their sales efforts to meet coronavirus challenges

What seemed like a few decades ago, I mean in February, people used to occasionally ask “How’s business?” Despite usually responding, “Fine, thanks,” I would often think of the inquiry as two-part. One, and probably most important, was about our investment performance, but the other concerned our operations, particularly new business. Read the full article…

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Future Returns: Shining a Brighter Spotlight on Gender Diversity

Kari was quoted in an article for Penta about gender diversity on corporate boards, originally published on 2/18/20. In January, Goldman Sachs made headlines when it became the first Wall Street investment bank to draw a line on board diversity, with CEO David Solomon declaring that his firm wouldn’t take companies public in the U.S. or Europe…

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