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Why public investors should care about the rise of private investment

Why public investors should care about the rise of private investment

To be sure, there are many reasons a company may prefer to turn to private investors over more traditional public markets, but as more companies choose private funding when they need to raise capital, what are the implications for investors...

October 31, 2018 8 Mins
Ragan Morningstar international equities

A selective approach to equity markets

*Last week, Morningstar interviewed international equity portfolio manager David Ragan about finding resilient stocks in international markets during turbulent times. *

October 17, 2018 1 Mins
Not boring finds for this week October 3

(Not) boring finds for October 2018

Our reading list this week considers factors leading to the next market correction; stock-based compensation; golfing economists; and the pitfalls of generalization.

October 3, 2018 2 Mins
The competitive advantages of decentralized structures

The competitive advantages of decentralized structures

How can a business continue to grow while still retaining the internal characteristics that helped contribute to its past success?

September 19, 2018 4 Mins
Not Boring finds September 5

(Not) boring finds for September 2018

A reminder to focus on the long-term; a look at growing corporate debt levels; a helpful explanation of stock buy backs, and a tip to improve the workplace. It’s been an illuminating week.

September 5, 2018 2 Mins
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Canadian lifecos: More than just insurance

Canadian insurance companies are no longer just in the business of selling insurance to Canadians. They function more like financial conglomerates, and that, for investors, is potentially a good thing.

August 22, 2018 5 Mins
Quarterly update 3Q 2018

Quarterly update | 3Q 2018 | EP18

This episode features insights from the third quarter by Greg Peterson, portfolio manager of Mawer’s balanced and global balanced strategies.

October 10, 2018 19 Mins
Playing the plan Mawers global balanced portfolio EP17

Playing the plan: Mawer’s global balanced portfolio | EP17

CIO and co-manager, Paul Moroz, discusses how to build the most resilient global portfolio possible and reveals Mawer’s four building blocks to risk management.

September 26, 2018 27 Mins
Language matters in investing

Language matters in investing | EP16

Institutional portfolio manager, Rob Campbell, explains the concept of suitcase words: words into which people attribute—or pack—multiple meanings. He discusses how honing our language skills can contribute to better investing outcomes.

September 12, 2018 33 Mins
Playing the plan Mawers Emerging Markets Equity portfolio EP15

Playing the plan: Mawer’s emerging markets equity portfolio | EP15

Peter Lampert, lead portfolio manager of Mawer’s Emerging Markets Equity Fund, discusses the current investing environment for emerging markets, the importance of resilience, and reviews portfolio holdings in beer, security systems, and bakery ingredient distribution.

August 29, 2018 19 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

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