Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies Through Biomimicry

Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies Through Biomimicry

by Katherine Collins
Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies Through Biomimicry

Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies Through Biomimicry

by Katherine Collins


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We are all investors. We invest our time, our energy, our money. We invest every single day, as citizens, as consumers, as businesspeople. At its core, investing involves connection, exchange, and mutual benefit. Lately, however, the primary, beneficial function of investing has been overshadowed by ever-more mechanized iterations of finance. We have created funds of funds, securitizations of securitizations, and entire firms whose business is based on harvesting the advantage of microseconds of trading speed. The Nature of Investing calls for a transformation of the investment process from the roots up. Drawing on the author's twenty-plus years of leadership experience in top investment firms, the book connects real-world finance with the field of biomimicry. Citing real-life examples and discussing principles from the natural world, The Nature of Investing shows how we can create an investment framework that is different from the mechanized one currently employed. Readers will discover an approach that re-aligns investing with the world it was originally meant to serve. An approach that values resiliency over rigidity and elegant simplicity over synthetic complexity. This is the true nature of investing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937134945
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Katherine Collins is Founder and CEO of Honeybee Capital, a research firm dedicated to the pursuit of optimal investment decision-making. Katherine has previously served in numerous capacities at Fidelity Management and Research Company. As head of US Equity Research, she led one of the largest buy-side research operations in the world. As Portfolio Manager, she was solely responsible for investment decisions for the multi-billion dollar Fidelity America funds while based in London, and for the entire range of Fidelity Mid-Cap Funds while based in Boston.

After a career in traditional equity management, Katherine set out to re-integrate her investment philosophy with the broader world, traveling as a pilgrim and volunteer, earning her MTS degree at Harvard Divinity School, and studying the natural world as guide for investing in a valuable and integrated way, beneficial to our communities and world.

Katherine serves on the boards of the Biomimicry Group, Last Mile Health, and Common Impact, a nonprofit that facilitates collaborations between global companies and local nonprofits. She is an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and has held numerous volunteer positions with Wellesley College and its Business Leadership Council. She is a member of the Harvard Divinity School Dean’s Council and of the Sprout Lenders group, and an advisor to Criterion Institute, the PopTech Impact Fund, and the Massachusetts chapter of the Trust for Public Land.

Table of Contents

Part I Preparing the Ground

Saved By the Bee 3

The Roots of Biomimicry Investing 13

The Roots of Biomimicry Practice 19

Part II Re-Rooting Investing: Six Transformations

From Efficient to Effective 27

From Synthetic to Simple 49

From Maximized to Optimized 71

From Disconnected to Reconnected 95

From Mechanical to Mindful 117

From Static to Dynamic 137

Part III Cultivation and Care

Biomimicry Investing: Resilient, Regenerative, Reconnected 159

Timshel: The Power of Choice 165

Notes 169

Resources 181

References 187

Acknowledgments 197

Index 201

About the Author 209

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