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Not boring finds for June 2020

(Not) boring finds for June 2020

Howard Marks sent a memo; Ray Dalio explained the last 500 years as they related to empires and reserve currencies; we learned a new word, “shoshin”; and scanned a lot of charts about U. S. advertising revenue trends.

June 30, 2020 2 Mins
Capitalizing on cloud migration EP65

Capitalizing on cloud migration | EP65

The implications of cloud migration for enterprises, investors, and business models.

June 17, 2020 27 Mins
confirmation bias

The enemy is us: Mitigating confirmation bias

Back in March, as physical distancing practices were being implemented globally, I was bemused by contrasting provocatively titled articles published within a day of one another.

June 10, 2020 16 Mins
bicycles

Introducing the new Mawer EAFE large cap strategy | EP64

Why the strategy was created, how it was launched, and some holding examples.

June 2, 2020 25 Mins
Not boring finds for May 2020

(Not) boring finds for May 2020

A podcast about decision-making theory, a global fiscal policy tracker, a blog about market assumptions, and an infinite monkey theorem experiment. The ideas springs have sprung.

May 27, 2020 1 Mins
Playing the plan mawer global small cap EP63

Playing the plan: Mawer’s global small cap portfolio | EP63

Deputy CIO Christian Deckart discusses natural contradictions in the portfolio and how the team plays “intellectual best ball. ”

May 21, 2020 25 Mins
confirmation bias

The enemy is us: Mitigating confirmation bias

Back in March, as physical distancing practices were being implemented globally, I was bemused by contrasting provocatively titled articles published within a day of one another.

June 10, 2020 16 Mins
Not boring finds for May 2020

(Not) boring finds for May 2020

A podcast about decision-making theory, a global fiscal policy tracker, a blog about market assumptions, and an infinite monkey theorem experiment. The ideas springs have sprung.

May 27, 2020 1 Mins
Market Update

Mawer Market Update—March 20, 2020

Over the last week, the world has seen a continued increase in COVID-19 cases and, consequently, a greater effort to contain the virus.

March 20, 2020 3 Mins
Market Update

Market Update – March 13, 2020

Throughout the week, governments around the world have continued to take more significant measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

March 13, 2020 4 Mins
Market Update

Market Update – March 10, 2020

Considering the significant market volatility resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as the plunge in oil prices reflecting Saudi Arabia’s decision to accelerate output, we wanted to provide you with an update on Mawer’s strategy in this challenging environment.

March 10, 2020 3 Mins
Not boring finds for February 2020

(Not) boring finds for February 2020

Why, in investing, it is better to ‘avoid the zeros’; what 700 years of falling interest rates looks like; how mathematics can be a study in wonder (i. e. , fun); and the way spices spurred on empires.

February 26, 2020 1 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
Getting in alignment Why investors need to pay attention to executive compensation

Getting in alignment: Why investors need to pay attention to executive compensation | Jeff Mo | EP08

Jeff Mo, portfolio manager of Mawer’s Canadian small cap strategies, discusses the importance of executive compensation to long-term investment performance.

June 6, 2018 35 Mins
Playing the plan Mawers equity philosophy in action

Playing the plan: Mawer's equity philosophy in action | Christian Deckart | EP07

Christian Deckart, Deputy CIO and co-manager of global small cap and global equity strategies, takes us on a journey through the Mawer investment philosophy by walking us through the investment thesis of four of the global small cap strategy’s top...

May 23, 2018 35 Mins
The competitive advantage of high performing teams

The competitive advantage of high performing teams | Vijay Viswanathan | EP06

Vijay Viswanathan, Mawer’s Director of Research, on the key characteristics of high performing investment teams.

May 9, 2018 32 Mins

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