A meeting place for investors, and those managing their capital in a world riddled with dangerous thoughts and unsound monetary shenanigans.
WELCOME NEW READER…
My name is Chris MacIntosh, the Editor of this here blog. I am a professional investor and family man who’s been smart enough (or lucky enough – I’ve certainly had luck) to turn pennies into pounds during the course of my professional life.
Ever since buying my proverbial ticket out of South Africa at the age of 18 – through speculating on the collapse of the South African rand – I’ve been fascinated by investments which provide an asymmetric payoff.
After spending my early years at investment banks in London and NYC, I set out to pursue asymmetric returns with my own capital.
Since leaving the corporate world 15 years ago, I’ve both made and lost many millions. I’ve built businesses, speculated in countries and markets most have never even heard off, and honed my skills producing returns allowing me to live a life less ordinary. I believe however that nothing compares to what lies before us both in terms of opportunity as well as risk to our capital. It is in a word “extraordinary”.
So on this site you will find some of the strategies used by myself and those of my close colleagues, many of whom are household names in the investment business, and still others who keep a much lower profile. These are strategies which have led to my own admittedly remarkable and often surprising (for me) successes. In addition I cover some of the lessons learned from collective failures, in the hope that I don’t repeat them and you never trial them.
As you can tell by now, I’m first and foremost an investor. My belief is that it is more vital than ever to keep our eyes open to opportunities all over the world in order to succeed in the challenging economic and political environment we live in.
My investment agenda is very simple: to find a home for my capital to earn the best possible return.
I don’t care for “stuff” and try to employ common sense to my life, family and money. I retired (sorta) in my early 30’s due in 2 parts to ignoring consumerism and at least 1 part working really hard at identifying major trends and investing in them.
It’s sounds simple, but like anything takes hard work. Fortunately when you love what you do then there is no work.
I started this blog to broaden my own networks and because there is so much sensationalist garbage on the interwebpipes it made my head spin. Most of it is like a cardboard cutout that goes soggy in the rain of critical analysis.
Today we have before us the most lopsided, manipulated financial markets the world has ever seen. It is a situation fraught with both danger and opportunity the likes of which only come around every hundred years or more.
With that in mind, I see Capitalist Exploits as a home for intelligent discourse. I discuss some of my successes (as well as flops), lessons learned, and regularly bring to the table the thoughts and opinions of many of my colleagues and friends I’ve built into my rolodex over my professional career. I weigh on some of the lessons I have learned over the years that have assisted me in becoming successful, enabling me to live a life that I would have been envious of if I were not living it. I have experienced the euphoria that comes with turning pennies into pounds as well as the shame, anger and despair that comes with losing more money than many people will see in their lives. I discuss some of what I am involved in at present where appropriate. Capitalist Exploits is an avenue for me to share some of my thinking and that of my global network of truly exceptional thinkers in the world of finance. The subscriber list includes hedge fund managers, high-profile investment bankers, private equity professionals, VCs, and billionaire investors. You’re amongst friends of incredible talents here. Here’s what some of our valued readers have to say about Capitalist Exploits:
I just wanted to compliment you on a great blog and podcast. I listened to your latest podcast and you seem to be one of the few people cutting through all the bullshit with regards to Brexit and seeing it for what it is, the analogy of the property investment and who is more at risk after two investors exit offered a refreshing perspective. I really appreciate the common sense approach you have and being able to offer honest opinion without an agenda.
Thanks again, D”
“CapEx and the guys behind it know human behavior and aren’t all suited up puffing their chests in front of potential investors while dreaming of only positive outcomes and great riches.
There is so little TRUTH in the world these days, finding networks and investments that are built upon it is like finding untapped and untouched alpine spring water. You gotta know what is filthy and questionable before you can appreciate the few pure plays, if you are lucky and diligent enough to uncover them.” – P.S., China
“Hey Chris I discovered you today on Zero Hedge (Aussie real estate bubble) and have now read several of your posts, most are “stone cold masterpieces” of analysis and insight. Unlike many I discover on ZH, your world view is not yet easy to summarize. Despite appearing to recognise where the multi bubble Ponzi scheme is ultimately heading, you appear to still have enough faith in the system to deploy capital into paper assets when you see asymmetries. I see a blow up inevitably occurring where even the winners of bets, will be losers when counter parties cannot pay.” – S. J.
“I’ve been a long time subscriber to Capitalist Exploits, which I find to be a tremendous source of information. Thank you for your constant work to provide an alternative view to investing!” – Tamas
So, if you are an intrepid investor who seeks to enrich his life – financially as well as intellectually – you’ve come to the right place. So come join our subscribers who are a diverse group that includes hundreds of investment professionals, many hedge fund managers who’s names you’d instantly recognise, academics from leading universities around the world, and thousands of individual and institutional investors, from Wall Street to Main Street. No need for dental records, marital status or a stool sample… a functioning email address will do. And I promise never to rent or sell it to anyone.
Founder & Editor In Chief, Capitalist Exploits Independent Investment Research
Founder & Managing Partner, Asymmetric Opportunities Fund