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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
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Why capital allocation is critical to investor success

One of our enduring beliefs is that investors serially underappreciate the long-term value of strong management teams

February 19, 2020 5 Mins
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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
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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
mawers autumn reads 2019

Mawer's autumn reads 2019

We thought we’d channel some of that “back to school” enthusiasm and provide a few recommended reads. (Why should kids have all the fun?!) Each selection was hand-picked from our Research team. Happy reading everyone!

September 11, 2019 3 Mins
Not boring finds for august 2019

(Not) boring finds for August 2019

On the docket this August is another memo from Howard Marks; a guide on the recent yield curve inversion; Jim O’Shaughnessy on the challenges but potential upsides of active investing; and the reminder that investors have more of a time...

August 28, 2019 2 Mins
Story telling is for bedtime

Storytelling is for bedtime: How we produce evidence-based research

We believe that clear communication of ideas and analysis contributes to sound decision-making.

August 14, 2019 5 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
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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
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Playing the plan: Mawer’s U.S. equity portfolio | EP14

Co-manager of Mawer’s U. S. equity portfolio, Grayson Witcher, discusses the impact of rising corporate debt levels, the importance of relationship building with management teams, and how fighting bias is key to Mawer’s investment process.

August 15, 2018 31 Mins
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Playing the plan: Mawer’s Canadian equity portfolio | Vijay Viswanathan | EP13

Director of Research and Canadian equity co-manager, Vijay Viswanathan, discusses potential trade war impacts to the portfolio, Canada’s opportunity set, and dives deeper into holdings in the energy, e-commerce and insurance industries.

August 8, 2018 29 Mins
Investing with your eyes CIO insights from South America

Investing with your eyes: CIO insights from South America | Paul Moroz | Ep12

CIO Paul Moroz continues to travel the world doing fundamental research for the global equity and the global small cap strategies. This episode reveals specific observations from his recent research trip to South America and New York City.

July 25, 2018 30 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

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