The Nature of Investing
Katherine Collins
bibliomotion books + media, April 2014

We are all investors. We invest our time, our energy, our money. We invest every single day, as citizens, as consumers, as businesspeople. At its core, investing involves connection, exchange and mutual benefit. Lately, however, the primary, beneficial function of investing has been overshadowed by ever-more mechanized iterations of finance. We have created funds of funds, securitizations of securitizations and entire firms whose business is based on harvesting the advantage of microseconds of trading speed.

The Nature of Investing calls for a transformation of the investment process from the roots up. Drawing on the author’s twenty-plus years of leadership experience in top investment firms, the book connects real-world finance with the field of biomimicry. Citing real-life examples and discussing principles from the natural world, The Nature of Investing shows how we can create an investment framework that is different from the mechanized one currently employed.

Readers will discover an approach that re-aligns investing with the world it was originally meant to serve. An approach that values resiliency over rigidity and elegant simplicity over synthetic complexity. This is the true nature of investing.

About the Author

Katherine Collins is Founder and CEO of Honeybee Capital, dedicated to pollinating ideas in pursuit of optimal investment decision making. After a long and successful career as head of research and portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments, Katherine set out to re-integrate her investment philosophy with the broader world, traveling as a pilgrim and volunteer, earning her MTS degree at Harvard Divinity School, and studying biomimicry and the natural world as guides for investing in an integrated, regenerative way, beneficial to our communities and our planet. Katherine is author of The Nature of Investing, and her newest neighbors in Massachusetts are several thousand honeybees.