In the book, The Fund, New York Times reporter Rob Copeland delves into Bridgewater’s more and more disappointing returns because it scaled to be the largest hedge fund in the world. But the meat of the story is in its depiction of the firm’s tradition: one which, per the book, was allegedly roiled with widespread surveillance and public humiliation. One of the most damning scenes comes at the very starting, when Dalio chewed out one in every of his senior executives, who was pregnant at the time, on video as she wept, then despatched it out to all staff and confirmed it to potential job candidates.
Shortly after the book was launched, Dalio blasted Copeland in a post on LinkedIn, and Bridgewater Associates issued a scathing response that depicted the book as “ridiculous” and a “false and misleading portrayal of our company, culture, and community.”
This week, Dalio spoke dwell about the book on stage at the Fortune Global Forum convention in an interview with Fortune CEO Alan Murray.
Dalio stated the book was a black eye for all journalists. He said that there have been “over 400” situations the place a reality checker discovered factors that Copeland had allegedly “made up.” He went on to decry the state of journalism in the U.S., the place he stated that “in the name of journalistic freedom, reporters can actually make up things and lie intentionally…in the United States.” Dalio didn’t point out the in depth on-the-record sourcing in the book, together with a few of Bridgewater’s most senior associates over the years.
Dalio advised the viewers that he was aiming to maneuver previous all of it. “From this point on, I’m not going to give it more attention,” he stated. But the remainder of us might have hassle doing that.
I spent a few days a couple of weeks in the past tucked beneath a blanket in entrance of my fire, studying via a collection of anecdotes from a brand-new style: hedge fund horror tales. Throughout the book, you see Dalio hold including to what’s known as “The Principles”—a collection of legal guidelines for self-improvement that apparently had been regarded by some staff as doctrine, in line with the book. Here’s one in every of the rules, for example: “Not all opinions are equally valuable so don’t treat them as such. Almost everyone has an opinion, but they’re not all equally valuable. Many are worthless or even harmful. So it is not logical to treat them as equally valuable. For example, the views of people without any track records or experience are not equal to the views of people with great track records and experience.”
Or one other: “Never say anything about a person you wouldn’t say to him directly. If you do, you’re a slimy weasel.”
An excerpt I significantly loved of how one worker regarded them:
Once Dalio caught phrase that his new prized rent had struggled in boot camp, he requested for a while to speak. [Jon] Rubenstein, cognizant of all the pieces he’d discovered about the Bridgewater founder’s love of uncooked honesty, determined to inform Dalio what was on his thoughts:
“You’ve got three hundred and seventy-five Principles. Those aren’t principles. Toyota has fourteen principles. Amazon has fourteen principles. The Bible has ten. Three hundred and seventy-five can’t possibly be principles. They are an instruction manual.”
Dalio blamed himself. It’s my fault, the Bridgewater founder stated, for anticipating you to understand such a advanced system so rapidly. The Principles couldn’t merely be memorized after which immediately absorbed—the solely approach to perceive them is to dwell them. Dalio known as The Principles “the way of being.”
If you ask me, hedge funds are higher suited to sticking to what they’re paid to do: being profitable for restricted companions, moderately than delving into philosophy. On that thread, I discovered it significantly revealing that solely about 20% of Bridgewater’s workers—which at its peak was roughly 2,000 individuals—had been truly doing any investing or analysis, in line with The Fund. That’s significantly notable on condition that there was a entire investigations crew (that was at one level led by the former Deputy Attorney General James Comey) devoted to monitoring down worker missteps and punishing them. At one level, the book particulars a six-week inquiry into who was chargeable for buying whiteboard erasers that didn’t erase nicely sufficient. Don’t point out the uproar about an worker not bringing bagels to the workplace.
Dalio could also be anxious for the remainder of us to maneuver on from this book. But it gives a uncommon, vivid, and disturbing glimpse at a hedge fund that appears to have leaned too far into crafting a company tradition. And a lot of that historical past has been stored a secret till now.
See you tomorrow,
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