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Strategy beyond scale in commoditized industries

Strategy beyond scale in commoditized industries

We believe smaller players can be competitive, profitable, and create value in commoditized and competitive markets—the crux is having an effective strategy.

May 15, 2019 7 Mins
Playing the plan Mawer Canadian small cap portfolio EP34

Playing the plan: Mawer’s Canadian small cap portfolio | EP34

Lead manager Jeff Mo discusses the psychology that drove the Canadian economy over the past 6 months, the correlation between Canadian and emerging markets equities, and what a holding “meeting our expectations” means at Mawer.

May 8, 2019 25 Mins
Not boring finds for April 2019

(Not) boring finds for April 2019

Our finds this month include thoughts about growth prospects for the world’s major economies, the world’s first glimpse of a black hole, Howard Marks on the need for responsible capitalism, and how the business of content streaming is going to evolve.

May 1, 2019 2 Mins
Be a cog not a clog Servicing complex value chains

Be a cog, not a clog: Servicing complex value chains

It all comes down to the value proposition a company provides to the client.

April 17, 2019 4 Mins
Quarterly update Q1 2019 EP33

Quarterly update | 1Q 2019 | EP33

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

April 10, 2019 17 Mins
Playing the plan Mawer Canadian equity portfolio EP32

Playing the plan: Mawer’s Canadian equity portfolio | EP32

Director of Research and Canadian equity lead manager Vijay Viswanathan discusses the overall Canadian economy, the problem with investing in natural gas and gold, and the amount of foreign exposure in the portfolio.

April 3, 2019 40 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
Twas the week before Christmas 2019

‘Twas the week before Christmas

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and Mawer’s on the scene, to tell you the tale of 2019.

December 18, 2019 2 Mins
Not boring finds November 2019

(Not) boring finds for November 2019

This month, we learned how the 7 most common plots in storytelling can help investors; why analyzing historical returns usually needs more context; the case for “narrative economics”; and a look at the first map of America’s food supply chain.

November 27, 2019 2 Mins
Infinity symbol

Investing: The infinite game

Investing is a fitting example of an infinite game. Why is it that some players last longer in this game than others?

November 13, 2019 4 Mins
Not boring finds for October 2019

(Not) boring finds for October 2019

This month’s finds include a think-piece on the rise of negative interest rates; a spotlight on Shopify’s origins; what WeWork demonstrates about private vs. public markets for tech stocks; and a look into how humanity’s obsession with gambling has influenced mathematics.

October 30, 2019 2 Mins
Negative interest rates EP51 1

Negative interest rates in an unprecedented time | EP51

This episode, our CIO Paul Moroz considers the potential themes and catalysts that are driving negative interest rates, what that may mean for investors, and whether those signal a new, longer term paradigm shift.

January 22, 2020 32 Mins
Quarterly update Q4 2019 EP50

Quarterly update | Q4 2019 | EP50

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

January 15, 2020 19 Mins
Playing the plan Mawer Canadian equity portfolio EP49

Playing the plan: Mawer’s Canadian equity portfolio | EP49

Director of Research and Canadian equity lead manager, Vijay Viswanathan, discusses risks and opportunities in Canada, the cannabis industry’s value chain, and potential transformations to the food retailer business model.

December 4, 2019 27 Mins
Technical debt EP48

Technical debt | EP48

This episode, we interview our Head of Information Security and Infrastructure, Dwight Pratt, and Equity Analyst, Karan Phadke, on the ramifications of technical debt to businesses and investors.

November 20, 2019 33 Mins
Playing the plan mawer emerging markets equity portfolio EP48

Playing the plan: Mawer’s emerging markets equity portfolio | EP47

Lead portfolio manager, Peter Lampert, discusses the current environment for emerging markets and what opportunities and challenges we’re seeing for the portfolio.

November 6, 2019 24 Mins
Sustainable Development Goals What they are and how Canada measures up EP46

Sustainable Development Goals: What they are and how Canada measures up | EP46

Vice President of the Community Foundations of Canada, JP Bervoets, explains the UN’s sustainable development goals—and how individuals and corporations can get on board to make a difference.

October 16, 2019 21 Mins

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