Ray Dalio – The Man Behind The Economic Machine!

Ray Dalio is the founder of one of the largest macro
hedge fund firm Bridgewater Associates which has approx. US$169 billions today.
The company serves institutional clients including pension funds, endowments,
foundations, foreign governments and central banks, rather than private

Bridgewater embraces a corporate culture that
encourages transparency and the elimination of the decision making hierarchy! For
example, excerpts from Wikipedia;
encourages employees to do “whatever it takes to make the company
great” and emphasizes transparency and openness in its decision making
processes. All meetings are recorded and can be viewed by any employee, as long
as the meeting topic is not proprietary.
Rolf’s Thoughts
Dalio company’s culture, at a glance suit me a lot. I
love transparency in speech “in an intelligent and non-egoistical manner”, in expressing
what I truly belief and yet constantly accepting constructive comments for
things that are beneficial to onself – Absorb, Adapt and Accelerate! 

Akin to writing a blog, transparency attracts criticism, debates, attacks on specifics etc. That said, as far as I am concern,
this is how we learn! However transparency must not mean insults, criticisms filled with anger, or just to satisfy one’s big ego in an irresponsible way. Transparency will not tolerate ulterior motive with aim of benefit oneself at the expense of others too!
123 Page Handbook – Principles
Dalio also self-published a 123-page handbook in his
company, called Principles, which was distributed to all his employees. Refer
to the handbook
Being so transparent and having a bizarre culture led to criticism with
many labeled his company culture as “Cult”. In an interview (refer to video link here),  Dalio countered that Bridgewater’s culture is
instead the exact direct opposite of “Cult”.  He
not believe in anything and now THINK FOR YOURSELF about what is true together,
but we cannot start that with ego, we can’t let that barriers stand in our way,
so we going to live in a culture to which we can do that!…Now that is the opposite….It is a belief system, in other words, I will ask you do you believe that we should operate this way with each other…It is the opposite of Cult…It means Think, Speak up, Don’t Hide it, Don’t talk behind people’s back…”

people disagree and you can take forth people disagree, you have then the
potential of learning a lot. If people who are disagreeing can say why we are
disagreeing and work through that conversation in an intelligent way to try to
find out what’s true, you can learn, you can make progress, it can be a
fabulous thing!”
Rolf’s Thoughts
I am going to read the 123 page handbook next! “Think for yourself – to decide 1) what you want, 2)
what is true and 3) what to do about it. …No ego!”. I simply quite love it (yes that’s me, the self-believer!). Then I will drop my ego, drop the generation gap, drop my “pants even” (haha) and fail, then acknowledge my mistakes, and start learning from each other! Fail, Learn and Forward Faster! 
The Economic Machine
Dalio also shared
his “investment secrets” and economic theories via a 30-minute
animated video which called it “How The Economic Machine Works.”

Rolf’s Thoughts
I watched the video and it is a simple and individualistic
way of defining Economy. For all we know, an economy is of course not as
simplistic as it is showcased here. Nonetheless, in my opinion, it is very interesting and commendable on the effort. It does not matter if it is absolutely correct or not, or if I
think it is correct or wrong! It is the thoughts running through “My Own Mind”
that counts!

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2 thoughts on “Ray Dalio – The Man Behind The Economic Machine!

  1. Thank you, Rolf, for sharing this good reminder on never forgetting to think for ourselves.

    Unfortunately thinking is more exhausting than sensing or following one's intuition.
    With complex matters, though, such as investment decisions, reflection is indispensable. Evolution has not equipped us with the right intuition for such considerations, here logic trumps intuition.

    This quote puts it nicely: ‘If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.’

  2. Hi Andy,

    Thanks. Guess it is balance between thinking for yourself, intuition, learning, action bla bla bla…

    Since everyone is different, we cannot all think alike, therefore thinking for yourself, couple with many other things as Ray Dalio mentioned in general applies….

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