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mawers autumn reads 2019

Mawer's autumn reads 2019

We thought we’d channel some of that “back to school” enthusiasm and provide a few recommended reads. (Why should kids have all the fun?!) Each selection was hand-picked from our Research team. Happy reading everyone!

September 11, 2019 3 Mins
Playing the plan mawer us equity EP43

Playing the plan: Mawer’s U.S. equity portfolio | EP43

U.S. equity co-manager, Colin Wong, discusses the big picture backdrop (interest rates, U.S.-China trade war) and then dives deep into the investment thesis behind Microsoft, and A.O. Smith.

September 4, 2019 43 Mins
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(Not) boring finds for August 2019

On the docket this August is another memo from Howard Marks; a guide on the recent yield curve inversion; Jim O’Shaughnessy on the challenges but potential upsides of active investing; and the reminder that investors have more of a time...

August 28, 2019 2 Mins
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Making a difference: Impact investing | EP42

Calgary Foundation Board and Impact Investing Committee Chair, Bob Gibson, and Director, Investments, Lauren Frosst, discuss the Foundation’s definition of impact investing, why the foundation became involved, and how they got started.

August 21, 2019 46 Mins
Story telling is for bedtime

Storytelling is for bedtime: How we produce evidence-based research

We believe that clear communication of ideas and analysis contributes to sound decision-making.

August 14, 2019 5 Mins
Playing the plan Mawers international equity portfolio EP41

Playing the plan: Mawer’s international equity portfolio | EP41

Lead portfolio manager, David Ragan, discusses some big picture risks (Brexit and U.S.-China trade wars) and then dives deep into the investment thesis behind LVMH and Bunzl.

August 7, 2019 23 Mins
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The mountains we climb: Failure and the pursuit of the extraordinary

It was pitch black and a frigid -30 degrees when we began our descent. What meagre light we had came from beat up headlamps and the muted glow of stars.

April 4, 2014 27 Mins
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An “escape” from Bangkok: Part 2

I had arrived in Bangkok⁠—without luggage (later found in Vietnam)⁠—after a nearly 24 hour flight. The hotel I chose was situated somewhere near the U.S. embassy; a fact I mention only because its location had been a real debate for me.

February 20, 2014 3 Mins
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An “escape” from Bangkok: Part 1

There was ample time to call off the research trip to Thailand. The stars were aligning to make this trip a nightmare. Intersections would be blocked, flash mobs would fill the streets, and political sermons would overtake a city decorated...

February 12, 2014 3 Mins
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Caution: Low flying planes

One sunny afternoon, Paul Moroz, our Deputy CIO, was driving along the highway when he spotted an unusual road sign: Caution: low flying planes. Now, Paul is a mildly paranoid man in the best of times.

February 6, 2014 4 Mins
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Question zero

The man in front of me wore a peculiar tweed jacket that matched his charismatic, if quirky, personality. He was the CFO of a large industrial company, but in a former life he had been the second in command at...

January 30, 2014 4 Mins
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Mawer’s top 10 book recommendations for 2014

The beginning of each year is often a period of reflection and learning. With this in mind, we asked our team at Mawer for their top book recommendations for 2014.

January 10, 2014 4 Mins
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Negative interest rates in an unprecedented time | EP51

This episode, our CIO Paul Moroz considers the potential themes and catalysts that are driving negative interest rates, what that may mean for investors, and whether those signal a new, longer term paradigm shift.

January 22, 2020 32 Mins
Quarterly update Q4 2019 EP50

Quarterly update | Q4 2019 | EP50

Featuring insights from the fourth quarter from Balanced and Global Balanced Fund co-manager and Asset Mix Chair, Greg Peterson.

January 15, 2020 19 Mins
Playing the plan Mawer Canadian equity portfolio EP49

Playing the plan: Mawer’s Canadian equity portfolio | EP49

Director of Research and Canadian equity lead manager, Vijay Viswanathan, discusses risks and opportunities in Canada, the cannabis industry’s value chain, and potential transformations to the food retailer business model.

December 4, 2019 27 Mins
Technical debt EP48

Technical debt | EP48

This episode, we interview our Head of Information Security and Infrastructure, Dwight Pratt, and Equity Analyst, Karan Phadke, on the ramifications of technical debt to businesses and investors.

November 20, 2019 33 Mins
Playing the plan mawer emerging markets equity portfolio EP48

Playing the plan: Mawer’s emerging markets equity portfolio | EP47

Lead portfolio manager, Peter Lampert, discusses the current environment for emerging markets and what opportunities and challenges we’re seeing for the portfolio.

November 6, 2019 24 Mins
Sustainable Development Goals What they are and how Canada measures up EP46

Sustainable Development Goals: What they are and how Canada measures up | EP46

Vice President of the Community Foundations of Canada, JP Bervoets, explains the UN’s sustainable development goals—and how individuals and corporations can get on board to make a difference.

October 16, 2019 21 Mins

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