Author: Sean O'Neill

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Australian banks & rising rates: Some notes

In the last few years I’ve started looking more and more for possible setups. A “setup” is where there are five or six identifiable moving parts that may or may not align but have the potential to create significant value if they do. I’ve written before about setups at CD Projekt Red and and at …

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Halo Technologies IPO (ASX:HAL): Some Thoughts On Risk

I recently reviewed the Halo Technologies IPO (ASX:HAL) prospectuses for its planned listing on the ASX in April 2022. There are several key issues that I’m concerned may deliver suboptimal outcomes for investors. The Setup Halo Technologies provides “online global equities research and trade execution software solution that brings sophisticated institutional-grade analytical frameworks and market …

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Remote Work: Not As Simple As It Seems

I have read many misinformed and poorly conceived views on the remote work / working from home (“WFH”) debate. I tweeted about it a few times and that made me feel better for about five minutes but didn’t really solve my problem.  Framing the debate as “is working in-office better than remote work?” is hopelessly …

Metro Bank: Peak Uncertainty

Metro Bank (LON:MTRO) is undergoing a multi-year turnaround under new CEO Daniel Frumkin. Here’s my take on the work so far, and the chance of success.

Changing the shape of the playing field: Content and the attention economy

The ability to propagate a viewpoint at scale – changing the shape of the playing field – is new in financial markets, and it is a big deal.

Fixed Fee Funds Management: So Insane, It Just Might Work

Fixed fee funds management. A look at why it might – and why it mightn’t -work.

The Rebrandening: 10footinvestor and Infinite Nuance

The 10footinvestor site has changed. Here’s why, & a summary of the journey so far.

Management: Infinite Nuance

In early 2020 I took on managerial responsibilities, which was the definition of being dropped in the deep end.  To be a manager is to have a focus on the process that produces the output, rather than the output itself.  The switch to focusing on the process clicked very quickly with me, piggybacking on years …

How to conduct a performance review

This is a tricky topic.  To conduct a performance review you need to know a) what is the performance you are measuring and b) what will you change as a result of that measurement, and c) how will that affect your employee.  Is your review process about coaching?  Or is it about salary?  Is it …

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Team Alignment: Good transitions make it easier, and less stressful

A challenging task in management is achieving team alignment during a transition. In both fast- and slow-moving businesses, change can be punishing and it is hard to redirect energy to new problems and keep teams engaged in the process. Fast-moving businesses change too fast for comfort with the pace, and slow-moving organisations make people too …