Great Fund Managers Know the Power of Being Great Explainers

Is there a subject more complex than astrophysics or its theoretical counterpart? Is there a discipline more dependent on sophisticated mathematics — equations of great length and intricacy — that requires the practitioners of this science, the high priests of this elite order, to translate the symbols and numbers of one language into intelligible material for the masses?

If physicists can do this, and the best among them can do this with ease and eloquence, then why are so many fund managers unable — or unwilling — to do likewise on behalf of the investors they serve and the clients they seek?

In so many words, the answer is hubris.

I write this fact free of malice, and with charity for all, because I want to help these professionals act as the great explainers they can be; the great explainers they must be.

Look no further than the career of Richard Feynman, the Nobel laureate and Caltech professor whose life is a testament to making the cosmos comprehensible to the public.

If he could do that without citing a single formula, if he could do that with a conversational tone and a sense of excitement, surely a fund manager — with the help of an investor relations expert — can do the same within his respective domain.

Now is the time to explain what you do.

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