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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
Not boring finds February 21

(Not) boring finds for February 2018

Bloomberg shows us past startling sell-offs; Norway’s sovereign wealth fund votes against executive pay at Alphabet; Amazon wades into health care waters; and the U. S. craft beer industry is brewing economic success.

February 21, 2018 1 Mins
Enduring themes for volatile times

Enduring themes for volatile times

While investor apprehension in this environment is understandable, volatility in markets is both normal and expected[the-art-of-boring/volatile-unpredictable-and-entirely-normal/].

February 14, 2018 2 Mins
Not boring finds February 7

(Not) boring finds for February 2018

Customer satisfaction at the push of a button; an alternative perspective on the current bull market; Mr. Modi at the World Economic Forum; more on fuel efficiency; and some epic photos of Mars.

February 7, 2018 2 Mins
Beyond barriers to entry

Beyond barriers to entry: The advantage of barriers to capacity expansion

There is arguably another, more robust means of competitive advantage: that of *barriers to capacity expansion*. And this factors into one of the two main reasons behind limiting our exposure to the utility space.

January 31, 2018 5 Mins
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(Not) boring finds for January 2018

How the laws of biology and financial ecosystems relate; digital tech takes way longer than we think to become mainstream; humans are creative at forecasting the future; and China is going cashless.

January 24, 2018 2 Mins
China in focus

China in focus

Many of the old stories surrounding China are becoming—or are—obsolete. New ones are emerging.

January 11, 2018 14 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
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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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