What Tom’s Reading: July 2017

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Anyone who knows Versant President and CIO Tom Connelly knows that he’s a voracious reader. This habit of mind allows him (and others) to foster imagination, understand the origins of past ideas, learn from others’ mistakes, discover new ideas and test hypotheses.

We are keeping an eye out for interesting stories that Tom reads about financial news, investing, managing wealth, science, current events, and living a happy and healthy life. Here’s what he’s been reading lately:

A Tribal Connection

TRIBE, by Sebastian Junger, aptly opens with Benjamin Franklin’s observation, decades before the American Revolution, that more than a few English settlers were “escaping into the woods” to join Indian society. Doctor Franklin noticed that emigration seemed to go from the civilized to the tribal, but rarely the other way around. White captives of the American Indians, for instance, often did not wish to be repatriated to colonial society. The book looks at post-traumatic stress disorder and the challenges veterans face returning to society. Junger argues that the problem lies not with vets or with the trauma they’ve suffered, but with the society to which they are trying to return.

Tribe Sebastian Junger

caldwellNot What, But How 

How to Think About Vladimir Putin, by Christopher Caldwell, is example of a wonderful article, to be read with great tolerance, of what it might be like to be in Vladimir Putin’s shoes – or the shoes of any Russian nationalist, for that matter – looking at the events of the past 30 years. Note that it was published, most tolerantly, by a premier conservative educational institution, not necessarily in agreement with these views. No protests or riots! -TC

The daily ShotDaily Shot

The Daily Shot blog in The Wall Street Journal has become my favorite daily wake up reading on financial matters. Great work by Lev Borodovsky. -TC

 Tom Connelly is the President and Chief Investment Officer at Versant Capital Management, Inc. His background is not only financial – he has considerable interests other than just making money. His broad curiosity informs and inspires Tom to create an expansive context to investment numbers, which leads to deeper and more strategic conversations with clients.

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