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.

Does Your Startup Have a Spending Strategy?

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By Karen Firestone This article was originally posted on The Harvard Business Review – read the original article by clicking here Starting a new business involves a host of challenges, and chief among them is knowing what to spend your money on—and how much to spend. You have to consider salaries, marketing budget, office size,…


NYT: Young and in Love … With Lipstick and Eyeliner

This article lays out how the makeup industry has proven resilient and capitalized on social media as a driving force for expanded revenues.  Not just overall sales, but makeup store retailers benefit too. Read the full article in The New York Times


Barron’s: 3 Stocks That Could Outpace This Market

Kari was recently featured in Barron’s to offer an explanation for Aureus’ outperformance versus the S&P 500. During the interview, she gives us her thoughts on where the market may be headed next year, what might cause the next correction, and some reasons for holding some of our favorite stocks. Download her Barron’s interview here…


WSJ: How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds

Whether or not you feel your phone is the greatest and most indispensable tool in your life, this article points out the extent of our phone’s impact our brain. Read the full article in The Wall Street Journal


HBR: Political Diversity as the Next Frontier

My newest piece focuses on political diversity in the workplace. In a country more polarized than perhaps at any other time in history, it’s still important to avoid political homogeneity in the workplace. In addition, I offers some principles I’ve used as a boss for smoothly navigating political discussions. Read the full story in The Harvard…