Mawer Balanced Fund

As at March 31, 2018

Morningstar RatingTM: (as at Mar 31, 2018)
Fund Managers:
Greg Peterson, CFA
Fund Inception Date: March 31, 1988
Fund Net Asset Value: $3,268.0 million
Total Net Asset Value (Series A): $2,540.6 million
Net Asset Value Per Unit: $28.42
RRSP Eligibility: Yes
Management Expense Ratio: 0.92% (as at Dec 31, 2017)
Trading Expense Ratio1: 0.03% (as at Dec 31, 2017)
Fund Code: MAW104

What does this Fund Invest In?

The Fund invests in Canadian, US, and International equity securities, as well as bonds and other funds managed by Mawer that invest in debentures of government and corporate issues or in those securities directly.

Investor Suitability

Investors seeking long-term growth at medium risk.

Investment Strategy

The Manager’s traditional equity approach of systematically buying wealth creating companies at a discount to intrinsic value is used to construct the equity part of the portfolio. The fixed income part of the portfolio follows our traditional fixed income approach of focusing on sector allocation, security selection, and trading strategies. For asset mix, the Manager analyzes which combination of asset classes is most likely to offer the most attractive risk/return characteristics within a medium to long-term time frame, and carries out asset mix changes gradually to reduce risk.


Net Performance

1-Yr 3-Yr 5-Yr 10-Yr
Mawer Balanced Fund 7.2 5.6 10.1 7.9
Internal Balanced Benchmark 4.8 5.0 87.1 6.2
Morningstar Rating 5 5 5 5
Number of Funds in Morningstar Category Global Neutral Balanced 960 960 640 275

Number of Holdings2: 7
Number of Countries2: 32


Top Holdings2% Weight
Mawer Canadian Bond Fund Series O 30.3
Mawer International Equity Fund Series O 18.8
Mawer US Equity Fund Series O 18.5
Mawer Canadian Equity Fund Series O 13.4
Mawer Global Small Cap Fund Series O 7.1
Cash & Cash Equivalents 6.3
Mawer New Canada Fund Series O 3.2
Mawer Global Bond Fund Series O 2.3


1 The trading expense ratio represents total commissions and other portfolio transaction costs expressed as an annualized percentage of daily average net assets during the year.

2 Number of Holdings: Fund level exposure; Equity and fixed income holdings excluding cash
Number of Countries: Fund level exposure; Equity and fixed income holdings excluding cash
Asset Mix: Fund level exposure
Equity Sector Weights: Security level exposure


Benchmark History

Mawer Balanced Benchmark History (changes made prospectively):

Jan 2002: 2.5% 91 Day Treasury Bill, 42.5% FTSE TMX Canada Universe Bond, 25% S&P/TSX Composite, 15% S&P 500, 15% MSCI EAFE (net)
Jan 2012: 5% 91 Day Treasury Bill, 35% FTSE TMX Canada Universe Bond, 15% S&P/TSX Composite, 15% S&P 500, 15% MSCI EAFE (net), 7.5% BMO   Weighted Small Cap (Blended), 7.5% Russell Global Small Cap
Aug 2013: MSCI EAFE (net) returns is used to calculate the blended benchmark from inception. Previously, MSCI EAFE (gross) was used.
Oct 2015: 5% 91 Day Treasury Bill, 30% FTSE TMX Canada Universe Bond, 5% Citi WGBI, 15% S&P/TSX Composite, 7.5% BMO Small Cap (blended), 15% S&P 500, 15% MSCI EAFE (net), 7.5% Russell Global Small Cap
Oct 2016: 5% 91 Day Treasury Bill, 30% FTSE TMX Canada Universe Bond, 5% Citi WGBI, 15% S&P/TSX Composite, 7.5% S&P/TSX Small Cap, 15% S&P 500, 15% MSCI ACWI ex-USA (net), 7.5% ACWI Small Cap (net)

Rationale for Change: Changes were made to underlying asset class benchmarks as noted in above in the Equity Asset Class Tables. Because the benchmarks for the Mawer Balanced Fund are based on those of the underlying funds, the internal Balanced benchmark changes accordingly.

Mawer International Equity Benchmark History (changes made prospectively):

Jan 1988: MSCI EAFE (net)
Oct 2016: MSCI ACWI ex-USA (net) 

Rationale for Change: MSCI ACWI (net) excluding US Index is a better representation of the mandate in our opinion. For example, the past benchmark does not include Emerging Markets whereas the fund has holdings in these markets consistent with its prospectus and   investment policy statement.

Mawer New Canada Benchmark History (changes made prospectively):

Jan 1988: BMO Weighted Small Cap (Blended)
Oct 2016: S&P/TSX Small Cap

Rationale for Change: S&P/TSX SmallCap Index is a better benchmark in our opinion. For example, it provides better comparability, liquidity and a more readily available data set.

Mawer Global Small Cap Benchmark History (changes made prospectively):

Oct 2007: Russell Global Small Cap 
Oct 2016: ACWI Small Cap (net)

Rationale for Change: MSCI ACWI Small Cap (Net) Index is consistent with using MSCI benchmarks in other asset classes outside of Canada and the United States. In addition, the MSCI ACWI Small Cap (Net) Index follows the Global Investment Classification Standards (GICS) whereas the Russell Global Small Cap Index does not.

Benchmark returns are rebalanced on a monthly basis.


Mawer Mutual Fund returns are reported in Canadian dollars and calculated after management fees and operating expenses have been deducted. In comparison, index returns do not incur management fees or operating expenses. 

Performance returns for the Mawer Mutual Funds are calculated by Mawer Investment Management Ltd. These returns are historical simple returns for the 3 month, YTD and 1 year periods, and are annualized compounded total returns for periods after 1 year. Index returns are supplied by a third party—we believe the data to be accurate, however, cannot guarantee its accuracy. Index returns sourced from Citigroup, FTSE russell, TD Securities, FactSet and BMO Capital Markets.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the fund facts and the prospectus before investing. The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns including changes in unit value and reinvestment of all distributions and do not take into account sales, redemption, distribution or optional charges or income taxes payable by any securityholder that would have reduced returns. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. Mawer Mutual Funds are managed by Mawer Investment Management Ltd.

Additionally for money market funds, the performance data provided assumes reinvestment of distributions only and does not take into account sales, redemption, distribution or optional charges or income taxes payable by any securityholder that would have reduced returns. Mutual fund securities are not covered by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation or by any other government deposit insurer. There can be no assurances that the fund will be able to maintain its net asset value per security at a constant amount or that the full amount of your investment in the fund will be returned to you.

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