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The toothbrush test

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to Google’s Toothbrush Test.

July 11, 2014 1 Mins
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Look for the baby

This past week, one of my colleagues shared a learning at our weekly research meeting. Christian and his wife, Siggi, were on vacation when Siggi unfortunately dropped her iPhone into the bath. Remarkably, the iPhone survived.

July 10, 2014 3 Mins
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Waiting in line: The high cost of red tape

Imagine you spent 4% of your life waiting in line. Given that there are 8,765 hours in a year, this would imply that you spent 350 hours each year staring at the backs of people’s heads.

July 4, 2014 3 Mins
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The art of survival

The restaurant industry is tough. Virtually anyone with decent cooking skills and a modest amount of capital can open one; the barriers to entry are quite low.

June 26, 2014 4 Mins
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Fraudster alert: 10 ways investors can avoid being duped

History is ripe with hucksters. Investors were reminded of this again this month when stock market darling Gowex declared bankruptcy. It turns out the Spanish Wi-Fi provider’s fast growth and profitability were not only unbelievable, they were likely nonexistent.

June 17, 2014 11 Mins
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The leopard and his spots: Deception in emerging markets

In a recent National Geographic article, paleontologists reported the discovery of a new fossil. The 126 million year old creature was given the name Cretophasmomima melanogramma which sounds slightly more exotic than its meaning: ancient black-lined stick insect.

May 29, 2014 2 Mins
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(Not) boring finds for this week – September 5, 2018

A reminder to focus on the long-term; a look at growing corporate debt levels; a helpful explanation of stock buy backs, and a tip to improve the workplace. It’s been an illuminating week.

September 5, 2018 2 Mins
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Canadian lifecos: More than just insurance

Canadian insurance companies are no longer just in the business of selling insurance to Canadians. They function more like financial conglomerates, and that, for investors, is potentially a good thing.

August 22, 2018 5 Mins
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(Not) boring finds for this week – August 1, 2018

This week we admired some exemplary examples of CEO annual letters; raised our eyebrows at the remarkable effects of trade wars; reaffirmed our belief that language matters; and despaired at nefarious online trading platforms.

August 1, 2018 2 Mins
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Defensiveness: A suitcase word

Given how often “defensive” enters into the investing lexicon and that it can mean different things to different people, aiming for a greater degree of precision in its definition may help to reduce misunderstanding or generalized historical bias.

July 18, 2018 8 Mins
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(Not) boring finds for this week – June 27, 2018

Twenty ways to make mistakes with money, the history of monetary innovation, untangling misconceptions around interest rates, and the truth (data) about the creativity of pop songs. It was (not) a boring week!

June 27, 2018 1 Mins
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Process before proceeds

In theory, investors should improve at least linearly over time as they make and learn from errors. But in practice, there seems to be little evidence of this (only few active managers beat the market over longer time periods).

June 12, 2018 3 Mins
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Playing the plan: Mawer’s Emerging Markets Equity portfolio | EP15

Peter Lampert, lead portfolio manager of Mawer’s Emerging Markets Equity Fund, discusses the current investing environment for emerging markets, the importance of resilience, and reviews portfolio holdings in beer, security systems, and bakery ingredient distribution.

August 29, 2018 19 Mins
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Playing the plan: Mawer’s U.S. equity portfolio | EP14

Co-manager of Mawer’s U.S. equity portfolio, Grayson Witcher, discusses the impact of rising corporate debt levels, the importance of relationship building with management teams, and how fighting bias is key to Mawer’s investment process.

August 15, 2018 31 Mins
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Playing the plan: Mawer’s Canadian equity portfolio | Vijay Viswanathan | EP13

Director of Research and Canadian equity co-manager, Vijay Viswanathan, discusses potential trade war impacts to the portfolio, Canada’s opportunity set, and dives deeper into holdings in the energy, e-commerce and insurance industries.

August 8, 2018 29 Mins
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Investing with your eyes: CIO insights from South America | Paul Moroz | Ep12

CIO Paul Moroz continues to travel the world doing fundamental research for the global equity and the global small cap strategies. This episode reveals specific observations from his recent research trip to South America and New York City.

July 25, 2018 30 Mins
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Quarterly update | 2Q 2018 | EP11

This episode features insights from the past quarter by Greg Peterson, Portfolio Manager of Mawer’s balanced and global balanced strategies.

July 12, 2018 24 Mins
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Scuttlebutt and its dramatic effect on long-term investing | John Wilson | EP10

John Wilson, analyst on Mawer’s global small cap equity strategy, defines scuttlebutt and its competitive advantage for long-term investors.

July 4, 2018 19 Mins

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