Audio clips of interviews, speeches, and talks

“The Death of Sears” — Listen to the Wharton SiriusXM Radio Interview with Adam Hartung

Host Dan Loney asks, “Is this the beginning of the end for Sears?” Adam Hartung and colleague Mark Cohen discuss how Sears and Kmart were mismanaged and missed opportunities to recover value for customers, employees and shareholders, except, of course, for the owners- Mr. Lampert and associates.

Sirius Interview Part 1

by Adam Hartung

Sirius Interview Part 2

by Adam Hartung

Why you can’t invest like Warren Buffett – and should not try

Few people understand how Berkshire Hathaway, company controlled by famous investment guru Warren Buffett, makes money.  Confusion reigns, and too often people think “picking stocks like Warren Buffett” will make them wealthy — which is not true! This interview with David Feldman, distributed by the Pacifica Radio Network, goes in depth into why the only way it is possible “to make money like Warren” is to invest in Berkshire Hathaway.  Because his company is actually an insurance company, and an expert in the very niche world of specialist financing situations for corporations, which are not available to almost anyone else.  Buying stocks in which Warren has purchased open market positions will not lead to higher rates of investment returns, and in fact will underperform the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

You can't invest like Warren Buffett

by Adam Hartung

How Small Investors Capitalize on Stock Indices

David Feldman Radio Show

In this Pacifica Foundation distributed radio interview by David Feldman, we discuss the role of index funds for investors, and how small investors can capitalize on the advantages of investing in electronic traded funds (ETFs) like DIA — a traded fund which mirrors the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The interviews goes into depth on how “the Dow” is somewhat rigged by those who select the components of this index, yet it offers a remarkable vehicle for small investors, or those too busy to study individual stocks, to achieve long-term high rates of investment returns at low risk without paying any analyst fees or mutual fund management fees.

How Small Investors Capitalize on Stock Indices

by Adam Hartung

Identifying “conflicted investment advice” and making good decisions

David Feldman Radio Show

Different investment products pay advisors different commissions. As discussed in this radio interview with David Feldman for the Pacifica Radio Network, this payment structure can create a conflict where financial advisors recommend what is best for their income, rather than investor interests. Investors need to understand this conflict and invest smartly, which for most small investors – or those with insufficient time to study individual stocks or funds – usually means buying the Dow Jones Industrial Average (see link below.)

Identifying Conflicted Interest

by Adam Hartung

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Why Pensions should not be privatized, nor invested by potential pensioners in stocks

David Feldman Radio Show

Several companies have wiped out employee pensions. And several states have found they cannot support the current demands of pensioners. This week Illinois’ legislated solution was thrown out by the state Supreme Court, and the Republican Governor Rauner is proposing greater privatization. This has created a crisis in the pension community, and many investment bankers have proposed – supported by politicians – to have employees manage their own pensions via tools like 401ks. In this radio interview with David Feldman, distributed by Pacifica Foundation, we discuss in depth why most employees are not prepared to manage their own pension portfolios. Rather than put individuals, with no skills for investing, at the mercy of investment bankers and financial planners focused on short-term commissions we must maintain a traditional approach to investing.

Why Pensions Should Not Be Privatized

by Adam Hartung

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How Small Investors Capitalize on the Dow Jones Industrial Average

David Feldman Radio Show

In this radio interview David Feldman, distributed by the Pacifica Foundation, we describe the Dow Jones Industrial Average – what it is, how it was created, and how it has changed over time. Using the recent example of Apple replacing AT&T we dive into why the “the Dow” is a blue chip index that continues to go up in value. We describe the difference between “the Dow” and other measures of the stock market — then why this “rigged” DJIA may seem a bad thing, but actually small investors should realize that this gives them a chance to invest in a long-term no lose situation without paying any financial advisor fees or mutual fund management fees by buying DIA traded index fund.

How Small Investors Capitalize on the Dow Jones Industrial Average

by Adam Hartung

Video clips of interviews, speeches, and talks with Adam

The Value of Board Diversity for Creating Long-Term Value

Companies start with a strong value proposition, which they entrench into a value delivery system.  Far too often focus shifts to maximizing operations of the value delivery system, and new solutions appear which snatch the value proposition away from the market leader. Diverse boards are able to spot these long-term trends and keep the focus on adapting the value delivery system to include new technologies and ways of doing business.

Big Data

Working with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Adam has helped Boards of Directors understand the critical, powerful role of information and digital technology for ALL businesses, regardless of historical markets, customers or assets.  In an “information economy” everyone has to use information for strategic advantage. In this video Adam introduces several colleagues who overview what Big Data is, how it can be used and why it is so important for management teams in all industries.

Embracing Disruption

Working with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Adam introduces several colleagues and takes viewers of this video on an understanding of disruptive innovations and the need to understand them in all businesses.  Markets are changing faster than ever, and Apple demonstrated that if you understand trends you can go from near-bankruptcy to the most valuable traded company in America in just 10 years.  In a disruptive world, the opportunities are limitless for all companies.

A Brave New World

Working with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD,) Adam introduces us (with colleagues) to the importance of knowledge for driving profits in an information economy. Knowledge is most important for understanding and interpreting trends, and thinking about how the markets will change going forward, requiring companies to change. But most Boards are historically focused, and spend insufficient time discussing trends and how future market shifts threaten the existing business, while creating opportunities for game changers.



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