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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
Quarterly update Q4 2020 EP78

Quarterly update | Q4 2020 | EP78

A look back on the major investment themes of 2020, and a look ahead at some of the risks and opportunities on our radar.

January 20, 2021 21 Mins
Twas the week before Christmas 2020

'Twas the week before Christmas

‘Twas the week before Christmas, (and you know it’s true), COVID looms large in our annual review.

December 18, 2020 2 Mins
Holiday Special Mawers Annual Poem EP77

Holiday Special: Mawer's Annual Poem | EP77

Our three hosts narrate Mawer's timely variation of "'Twas the week before Christmas"—an annual review of the year. Stay for the bloopers!

December 18, 2020 5 Mins
game on a deep dive into the gaming industry ep76

Game on: A deep-dive into the gaming industry | EP76

Front-of-mind investment learnings from equity analysts Justin Anderson and Joshua Samuel on the dynamic, evolving gaming universe.

December 9, 2020 48 Mins
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Frogs in the pot

A few weeks ago I attended a lunch with Jean-Claude Trichet. As one might expect from the former head of the European Central Bank, Trichet spoke at length on the economy, quantitative easing and monetary policy.

October 10, 2014 6 Mins
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What we know from marshmallows: The relationship between self-discipline and success

In 1968, researchers from Stanford University stuck a marshmallow in front of a four year old girl and gave her a choice: eat the marshmallow now or wait 15 minutes and receive TWO marshmallows.

September 11, 2014 9 Mins
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Worrying signals for Russia’s economy

Two important events involving Russia occurred in the last week. First, Russia amassed a highly suspicious buildup of 20,000 troops on the Ukrainian border. Second, Russia’s yield curve inverted.

August 8, 2014 7 Mins
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Skating over the line

Narrow rules have a cost. Although there is value in the clarity of rule, process and position, a system must also be flexible.

July 29, 2014 3 Mins
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Language matters

Just how important is a common language to investing? While some investors view it as the sort of soft, fluffy stuff best left to liberal arts majors, empirically—and in our experience— it is an essential feature of high performing investment...

July 24, 2014 21 Mins
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The toothbrush test

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to Google’s Toothbrush Test. Contrary to the images that the name inspires, this test does not involve sticking a web-enabled toothbrush into your mouth to collect data on your molars.

July 11, 2014 1 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
Supersize me Province of Alberta goes large and issues first time benchmark euro denominated bond

Supersize me: Province of Alberta goes large and issues first-time benchmark euro-denominated bond | James Redpath | EP05

James Redpath (JR), Mawer fixed income portfolio manager, answers why the Alberta government issued a benchmark euro-denominated bond—four to five times the average deal size in Canada—and what it may mean for the Canadian debt market.

April 25, 2018 15 Mins
Quarterly update 1Q 2018

Quarterly update | 1Q 2018 | EP04

This episode features insights from the past quarter (1Q18) by Greg Peterson, portfolio manager of Mawer’s Balanced and Global Balanced strategies.

April 12, 2018 18 Mins
Moneyball and automation introducing The Lab

Moneyball and automation: introducing "The Lab" | Justin Anderson | EP03

Features the investment insights of Justin Anderson, leader of “The Lab,” where Mawer applies new technologies to garner an investment edge and automation to streamline the investment process.

April 4, 2018 32 Mins

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