Facebook’s Aggravating Acquisitions

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Big Three

Facebook has made only three major acquisitions in its history, and two of them have brought more aggravation
than profit.

Source: Facebook financial disclosures

1961 to 1990

Commonly spouted wisdom about the relationship between earnings and stock prices turns out to be wrong
much of the time.

Sources: Robert Shiller, author’s calculations

No Denying They’re Tight

“A black swan might be flapping just over the horizon, but today, the credit markets are functioning
as they should.”

Source: Bloomberg

Big Money

Australia has the fourth-largest pool of pension fund assets in the world, and there are fundamental flaws in how the country’s retirement savings system has
been set up.

Source: Willis Towers Watson

And don’t miss Mark Gilbert’s interview with a consultant with radical ideas about fund management: “… we’ve got to completely change the way we think about active management. The defined benefit investor can still say ‘I know how to identify managers, I can put the managers together, I can negotiate fees. Having done all that, after five years I reckon I can extract 120 basis points of extra return after paying fees. Because I’m clever enough.’ Those folks can continue playing that game. The needs of the individual investor are different.”

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