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EP52 GEF Playing the plan

Playing the plan: Mawer’s global equity portfolio | EP52

CIO Paul Moroz discusses how we’ve approach building resilient global portfolios over the years, the new “Cold War” between China and the U.S. and its wider reaching impact, and how “the real money’s in the holding.”

February 5, 2020 29 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
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
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 for July 2019

(Not) boring finds for July 2019

Piquing our interest this month: why companies seem to be undervalued in Japan; what to do in a falling stock market; how chess computers have developed over time; and some investing wisdom from Wall Street personal finance columnist, Jason Zweig.

July 31, 2019 2 Mins
mawers summer reads 2019

Mawer’s 2019 summer reads

Given the extent of voracious readers we have here at Mawer, pulling together a recommended reads post is no easy task!

July 3, 2019 3 Mins
Not boring finds for June 2019

(Not) boring finds for June 2019

This month we learned that broader lessons from history have more leverage; how the shifts over time in the intangible tech economy are impacting businesses and consumers; that AIs are getting more lifelike and creative; and that it’s important to...

June 26, 2019 1 Mins
A fish doesnt know its surrounded by water

A fish doesn’t know it’s surrounded by water: The importance of investing globally

We have found that many Canadian investors—or any investor, for that matter—can be reluctant to diversify beyond their borders, but portfolios solely invested in Canada might as well be an egg crate on a rickety motorcycle.

June 19, 2019 5 Mins
Technical debt

Technical debt

Over the long-term, the accumulated costs of technical debt can have a financial impact on a company and its shareholders.

June 5, 2019 13 Mins
Not boring finds for May 2019

(Not) boring finds for May 2019

The need to check and recheck your numbers, a bull market for baby teeth, the lures of personal finance personalities, and how Instagram is becoming the new mall…it was an interesting month.

May 30, 2019 2 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
Decentralized structures a competitive advantage EP31 2

Decentralized structures: a competitive advantage | EP31

Equity analyst John Wilson discusses how decentralized organizations can maintain agility and operational excellence as a defense to the negative aspects of change.

March 13, 2019 25 Mins
Playing the plan Mawer emerging markets equity portfolio EP30

Playing the plan: Mawer's emerging markets equity portfolio | EP30

Lead portfolio manager, Peter Lampert, discusses the current environment for the emerging markets equity portfolio.

March 6, 2019 18 Mins
Good travels The many business models found in the travel industry EP29

Good travels: The many business models found in the travel industry | EP29

On this episode, institutional portfolio manager, Rob Campbell, explores a few different types of business models in the travel industry and their respective risks and competitive advantages.

February 20, 2019 24 Mins
Defining intrinsic value in a stochastic world EP28

Defining intrinsic value in a stochastic world | EP28

Equity analyst, Justin Anderson, walks us through the definition of intrinsic value, how we model it, and some of the ways it might be influenced by technology now and in the future.

February 6, 2019 26 Mins

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