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Post mortem Learnings from 2020 EP80

Post-mortem: Learnings from 2020 | EP80

Chief Investment Officer Paul Moroz discusses why the Research team’s post-mortem process is important, and some of their top learnings from 2020.

February 16, 2021 25 Mins
Playing the plan Mawer international equity portfolio EP79

Playing the plan: Mawer’s international equity portfolio | EP79

Lead portfolio manager, David Ragan, discusses how the portfolio did over the past year, why some companies were more resilient than others, and what makes skepticism a competitive advantage.

January 27, 2021 28 Mins
Quarterly update Q4 2020 EP78

Quarterly update | Q4 2020 | EP78

A look back on the major investment themes of 2020, and a look ahead at some of the risks and opportunities on our radar.

January 20, 2021 21 Mins
Twas the week before Christmas 2020

'Twas the week before Christmas

‘Twas the week before Christmas, (and you know it’s true), COVID looms large in our annual review.

December 18, 2020 2 Mins
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Holiday Special: Mawer's Annual Poem | EP77

Our three hosts narrate Mawer's timely variation of "'Twas the week before Christmas"—an annual review of the year. Stay for the bloopers!

December 18, 2020 5 Mins
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Game on: A deep-dive into the gaming industry | EP76

Front-of-mind investment learnings from equity analysts Justin Anderson and Joshua Samuel on the dynamic, evolving gaming universe.

December 9, 2020 48 Mins
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Frogs in the pot

A few weeks ago I attended a lunch with Jean-Claude Trichet. As one might expect from the former head of the European Central Bank, Trichet spoke at length on the economy, quantitative easing and monetary policy.

October 10, 2014 6 Mins
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What we know from marshmallows: The relationship between self-discipline and success

In 1968, researchers from Stanford University stuck a marshmallow in front of a four year old girl and gave her a choice: eat the marshmallow now or wait 15 minutes and receive TWO marshmallows.

September 11, 2014 9 Mins
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Worrying signals for Russia’s economy

Two important events involving Russia occurred in the last week. First, Russia amassed a highly suspicious buildup of 20,000 troops on the Ukrainian border. Second, Russia’s yield curve inverted.

August 8, 2014 7 Mins
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Skating over the line

Narrow rules have a cost. Although there is value in the clarity of rule, process and position, a system must also be flexible.

July 29, 2014 3 Mins
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Language matters

Just how important is a common language to investing? While some investors view it as the sort of soft, fluffy stuff best left to liberal arts majors, empirically—and in our experience— it is an essential feature of high performing investment...

July 24, 2014 21 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
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
Managing investments for foundations and not for profits EP22

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
Playing the plan Mawers global small cap portfolio EP21

Playing the plan: Mawer’s global small cap portfolio | EP21

Deputy CIO, Christian Deckart, discusses global small cap portfolio holdings to demonstrate the small cap life cycle, how M&As present a double-edged sword, and how the team continues to turn over new stones.

November 21, 2018 24 Mins

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