Not boring finds for March 2019

(Not) boring finds for March 2019

Our finds this month include insights into the future of ecommerce, why investing in good service can bolster a business model, Howard Marks on what an investor needs to succeed, and a nudge to laugh a bit more in the office.

March 27, 2019 2 Mins
Every BEEP matters

Every BEEP matters

We focus on best execution (avoiding the steamroller), but also try not to lose sight of the knowledge that a penny lost might be worth dollars of return should our investment thesis be correct.

March 20, 2019 6 Mins
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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
Not boring finds for February 2019

(Not) boring finds for February 2019

Our finds this month include a case for “Peak Investment Industry”; the surprisingly old history of modern ETFs; Jeff Bezos on the importance of being customer-focused; and the incredible advancements in augmented reality—imagine watching a full scale whale swim by...

March 1, 2019 1 Mins
Why culture is important to risk management

Why culture is important to risk management

One of the most important elements of our risk management framework is our decision-making environment. We spend a lot of time focusing on our team culture because it’s the foundation on which better investment decisions are made.

February 27, 2019 4 Mins
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The toothbrush test

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to Google’s Toothbrush Test. Contrary to the images that the name inspires, this test does not involve sticking a web-enabled toothbrush into your mouth to collect data on your molars.

July 11, 2014 1 Mins
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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.

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.

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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Making a difference: Impact investing | EP42

Calgary Foundation Board and Impact Investing Committee Chair, Bob Gibson, and Director, Investments, Lauren Frosst, discuss the Foundation’s definition of impact investing, why the foundation became involved, and how they got started.

August 21, 2019 46 Mins
Playing the plan Mawers international equity portfolio EP41

Playing the plan: Mawer’s international equity portfolio | EP41

Lead portfolio manager, David Ragan, discusses some big picture risks (Brexit and U.S.-China trade wars) and then dives deep into the investment thesis behind LVMH and Bunzl.

August 7, 2019 23 Mins
Lessons from 33 years of investing EP40

Lessons from 33 years of investing | EP40

Investing legend Martin Ferguson, pioneer of the award winning Mawer Canadian small cap strategy, shares the lessons he learned over his 33 year career.

July 24, 2019 40 Mins
Trader talks EP39

Trader talk: Every BEEP matters | EP39

Equity trader, Jeff Wilson, delves into the in-house “B-E-E-P” framework the trading team has built: Best Execution, Education, and Process.

July 17, 2019 33 Mins
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Quarterly update | 2Q 2019 | EP38

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

July 10, 2019 14 Mins
Playing the plan Mawer global equity portfolio EP37

Playing the plan: Mawer’s global equity portfolio | EP37

Deputy CIO, Christian Deckart, discusses everything from big picture risks to company specifics on this global equity portfolio episode.

June 12, 2019 15 Mins

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