Ken Fisher, Building From the Ground Up

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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This week in our Masters in Business radio podcast, we speak with Ken Fisher. He manages $68 billion for Fisher Investments, is the author of 11 books, and is just weeks away from being the longest-running columnist for Forbes magazine.

Fisher describes building a firm from the ground up, having “no idea what he was doing,” as he worked to create one of the largest registered investment advisers in the country. Despite calling himself the “Forrest Gump of finance,” he talks about the importance of excellence. The conversation is a little bit inside baseball, but it is fascinating nonetheless.

Hear the full podcast on iTunesSoundCloud and on Bloomberg.com. Earlier podcasts can be found on iTunes and at Bloombergview.com.

Next week, we speak with author Roger Lowenstein, who will discuss his latest book, "America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve."

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