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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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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
Not boring finds January 2019

(Not) boring finds for January 2019

This month, we raised our eyebrows at a visualization of global government debt, wondered about how much information in investing is too much, and agreed that sticking to a long-term strategy can help both investors and companies outperform over time.

January 30, 2019 2 Mins
Management matters

Management matters

One reason we look for great managers is because they frequently surprise on the upside by extending growth runways and increasing business durability, which ultimately leads to greater value.

January 2, 2019 2 Mins
Not boring finds for 2018

(Not) boring finds for 2018

With reminders about volatility; a glance into the economics of craft beer; the consumer effects of trade wars; and demonstrating causality from McRib sales…these seven provide quite the spectrum.

December 26, 2018 2 Mins
Twas the week before Christmas

‘Twas the week before Christmas

‘Twas the week before Christmas, so let’s set the scene: Just what the heck happened In 2018?

December 19, 2018 3 Mins
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Coffee cup risk

It is much more valuable to have a probabilistic risk evaluation process.

December 12, 2018 4 Mins
Not boring finds for this week November 28 2018

(Not) boring finds for this week – November 28, 2018

This week we learned about e-krona, a digital currency in Sweden; the lasting impacts of Black Monday on Wall Street; how McRib availability can affect S&P 500 returns (hint: it can’t) and appreciated a few wise reminders on what to...

November 28, 2018 2 Mins
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Trader talk | EP27

Equity traders Merv Mendes and Peter Dmytruk discuss the evolution of the trading desk at Mawer, the difference between quantitative and qualitative data, and the value of relationship building.

January 23, 2019 32 Mins
V2 Quarterly update Q4 2018 EP26

Quarterly update | 4Q 2018 | EP26

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

January 14, 2019 21 Mins
Brick by brick constructing a resilient global balanced portfolio starts from the bottom up EP25

Brick by brick—constructing a resilient global balanced portfolio starts from the bottom up | EP25

CIO, Paul Moroz, walks listeners through the reasons why going global is optimal in today’s environment.

January 9, 2019 19 Mins
Playing the plan Mawers U.S. equity portfolio EP24

Playing the plan: Mawer’s U.S. equity portfolio | EP24

U.S. portfolio manager, Grayson Witcher, discusses the sustainability of U.S. earnings, some of the major position changes over the past two years, and overall team learnings.

December 18, 2018 32 Mins
On leadership and decision making

On leadership and decision-making: lessons from our president | EP23

In light of our president Michael Mezei’s upcoming retirement, he sits down to reflect on the many lessons in leadership he’s gained over the course of his career.

December 5, 2018 27 Mins
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Managing investments for foundations and not-for-profits | EP22

Institutional portfolio manager, Andrew Johnson, discusses key investment issues foundations and not-for-profits are facing in today's environment

November 28, 2018 33 Mins

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