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.

Why That Risky Career Move Could Be a Safer Bet than You Think

Group of people on inflatable whitewater raft covered by water while rafting down river. Rio Cangrejal, Honduras

By Karen Firestone MARCH 11, 2016 Karen’s latest piece featured in the Harvard Business Review discusses the impossibility of avoiding risk altogether. Read the full article on HBR.com   Kalinda has a high-paying job at an investment company and lives outside of Boston with her fiancé. They love running in the parks near their home…


WSJ: The Crisis in American Entrepreneurship

By JEFFREY SPARSHOTT Mar 7, 2016 10:13 am ET Start-ups might be suffering but not due to fewer ideas. Concepts can be too costly and uneconomic to develop after years of venture firms throwing money at entrepreneurs. Read the full article in The Wall Street Journal


How Technology is Ruining My Life

Angry Blue Screen

I use technology all day.  So does everyone, unless you have settled into an ultra-alternative life as a fisherman/woman in the Faroe Islands, and I bet you’ll need GPS and plenty of digital devices.  I am the CEO of a financial services company where we buy and sell shares of stocks through an electronic trading…


HBR: Taking Longer to Reach the Top Has Its Benefits


Most career advice today encourages us to move forward passionately, intentionally, boldly — and above all, quickly. Career coaches don’t make a lot of money from encouraging people to “get ahead slowly.” However, in terms of fulfilling our long-term goals for career success, patience can be an asset. That’s not to say waiting is easy….


CNBC: Stocks to Watch & Santa Claus Rally

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 Karen Firestone, along with others, joined CNBC’s Squawk Box to talk about the existence of a Santa Claus Rally in 2015, the Fed’s upcoming rate hike decision, and some stocks to watch for 2016. VIDEO: “Santa Claus rally on the way” VIDEO: “Stocks to watch in 2016” Watch the first video…