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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.

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.

May 1, 2014 4 Mins
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Engrained “truths”

The date was November 9, 1989. George Bush Sr. sat in the oval office, a host of senior intelligence officers before him. These officers were in the midst of explaining to the President why the Berlin Wall was most certainly...

April 22, 2014 4 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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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
Investing with your eyes CIO insights from South America

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
Quarterly update 2Q 2018

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
Scuttlebutt and its dramatic effect on long term investing

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
Underweight Our take on Japan

Underweight: Our take on Japan | David Ragan | EP09

David Ragan, portfolio manager of Mawer’s international equity strategies, reveals why the portfolio is—and has always been—underweight in Japan.

June 20, 2018 21 Mins

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