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Market Update

Market Update – March 13, 2020

Throughout the week, governments around the world have continued to take more significant measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

March 13, 2020 4 Mins
Market Update

Market Update – March 10, 2020

Considering the significant market volatility resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as the plunge in oil prices reflecting Saudi Arabia’s decision to accelerate output, we wanted to provide you with an update on Mawer’s strategy in this challenging environment.

March 10, 2020 3 Mins
Not boring finds for February 2020

(Not) boring finds for February 2020

Why, in investing, it is better to ‘avoid the zeros’; what 700 years of falling interest rates looks like; how mathematics can be a study in wonder (i.e., fun); and the way spices spurred on empires.

February 26, 2020 1 Mins
Nuts and bolts

Why capital allocation is critical to investor success

One of our enduring beliefs is that investors serially underappreciate the long-term value of strong management teams

February 19, 2020 5 Mins
Not boring finds for January 2020

(Not) boring finds for January 2020

We close the first month of 2020 by considering the WEF’s list of the top global economic risks (sorted by likelihood and potential extent of impact), Howard Mark’s framework for assessing investment decisions (game theory makes an appearance), what Houdini...

January 29, 2020 2 Mins
Not boring finds for 2019

(Not) boring finds for 2019

As the end of the year (and decade!) is nigh, we thought we’d join the year-in-review fervour, and curate a list of our Top 10 favourite links from 2019.

December 30, 2019 4 Mins
Plaing the plan GSC portfolio EP44

Playing the plan: Mawer’s global small cap portfolio | EP44

Equity analyst, John Wilson, shares how the team approaches separating signal from noise, why defensive business models make for a resilient portfolio, and the advantages of a "cookie-cutter" growth runway.

October 2, 2019 22 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
making a difference impact investing EP42

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
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
Lessons from 33 years of investing EP40

Lessons from 33 years of investing | EP40

Investing legend Martin Ferguson, pioneer of the award winning Mawer Canadian small cap strategy, shares the lessons he learned over his 33 year career.

July 24, 2019 40 Mins
Trader talks EP39

Trader talk: Every BEEP matters | EP39

Equity trader, Jeff Wilson, delves into the in-house “B-E-E-P” framework the trading team has built: Best Execution, Education, and Process.

July 17, 2019 33 Mins

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