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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.

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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.

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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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Made in Detroit: Seeing value where others do not

A scrappy, twenty-something-year old from Detroit, Andy Didorosi does not fit into the typical image of American capitalism. Wearing neither a Wall Street power suit nor the dark-rimmed glasses and plaid shirt typical of a Silicon Valley startup, Andy is,...

May 22, 2014 5 Mins
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The danger in a single story

In the months since the news of the crisis in Ukraine first broke, media outlets have followed a conflict that has gone from an internal matter to one that is international in scope. Not only are Russia and the U.S.

May 1, 2014 4 Mins
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(Not) boring finds for this week – October 3, 2018

Our reading list this week considers factors leading to the next market correction; stock-based compensation; golfing economists; and the pitfalls of generalization.

October 3, 2018 2 Mins
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The competitive advantages of decentralized structures

How can a business continue to grow while still retaining the internal characteristics that helped contribute to its past success?

September 19, 2018 4 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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CIO and co-manager, Paul Moroz, discusses how to build the most resilient global portfolio possible and reveals Mawer’s four building blocks to risk management.

September 26, 2018 27 Mins
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Language matters in investing | EP16

Institutional portfolio manager, Rob Campbell, explains the concept of suitcase words: words into which people attribute—or pack—multiple meanings. He discusses how honing our language skills can contribute to better investing outcomes.

September 12, 2018 33 Mins
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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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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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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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