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Playing the plan: Mawer’s Canadian equity portfolio | EP84

How thinking like a deer in the forest (situational awareness) and other risk management process tinkering has helped the team. In addition, thoughts on the potential CP Rail and Kansas City Southern deal and TELUS International IPO.

April 21, 2021 24 Mins
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Quarterly update | Q1 2021 | EP83

One year since lockdown: CIO Paul Moroz summarizes the major market themes of the past four quarters and how it has (and hasn’t) affected our process and way of looking at the world.

March 31, 2021 32 Mins
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Playing the plan: Mawer’s EAFE large cap portfolio | EP82

Equity Analyst, Stanislav Lopata, shares his observations regarding the pandemic’s impacts on markets and what’s new with the portfolio.

March 24, 2021 20 Mins
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Playing the plan: Mawer’s global equity portfolio | EP81

Deputy CIO Christian Deckart discusses market performance in a “story of three quarters” and some new holdings we added to the portfolio.

February 24, 2021 20 Mins
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
The top 15 macro questions to ask before investing in a country

The top 15 macro questions to ask before investing in a country

These 15 questions are by no means exhaustive—they are not intended to be—but they serve as a helpful checklist for the main structural factors to consider when assessing a country’s macroeconomic backdrop.

May 16, 2018 12 Mins
Certified fresh lessons from machine learning

“Certified fresh” lessons from machine learning

Humans and machines have different strengths and weaknesses, and on our team, we tend to see the foreseeable future as a world in which the two work side-by-side.

May 2, 2018 8 Mins
Not boring finds April 18

(Not) boring finds for April 2018

This week we consider how far-reaching the effects of trade tariffs could be; the potential similarities between bonds and stocks; why software businesses can be great investments; and, how much narratives can shape investing.

April 18, 2018 2 Mins
Not boring finds March 28

(Not) boring finds for March 2018

Will the love affair with private equity end the way of the 1849 Gold Rush (i.e., not well)? Just how large is Canada’s shadow economy? What is Jeremy Grantham’s battle plan for an overvalued U.S.

March 28, 2018 2 Mins
Southern exposure in the North when Canadian small caps expand into the U.S.

Southern exposure in the North: When Canadian small caps expand into the U.S.

It is possible for smaller companies to punch above their weight in a foreign market.

March 14, 2018 3 Mins
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(Not) boring finds for March 2018

This week we considered the argument that leaders that take risks should have something to lose; revisited market swing psychology; scheduled time to think; and discovered the motivational poster business may still be hanging in there!* *

March 7, 2018 2 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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