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Thrill ride or smooth path?

In investing, it is also alluring to dive right in and try a stock picking approach that seems to work well for others.

December 18, 2014 3 Mins
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Oligarchs, despots, and soccer moms: Reflections on the price of oil (part 2)

Last week, we weighed in on the recent drop in the price of oil. We likened the move to a rock thrown into a pond and cautioned against reaching for the falling knife.

December 11, 2014 8 Mins
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Don't try to catch a falling knife: Reflections on the current price of oil (part 1)

The price of oil has fallen precipitously in recent months. WTI now trades at around $67 per barrel, a far cry from the $100 level attained this past summer.

December 5, 2014 5 Mins
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Lesson of 1909

Last week was a productive one for diplomats. Not only did the U.S. and China sign a landmark climate change accord, the two mega-powers also established military guidelines to govern the contested waters off China and agreed to reduce technology tariffs.

November 19, 2014 3 Mins
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Looking beyond borders: Why Europe isn't dead

I recently had a discussion with a client that had just returned from a European vacation. He shared stories about the interesting food, culture, and architecture. But he also offered a warning… “The economy in Europe is dead.”

October 30, 2014 3 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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Playing the plan: Mawer’s global small cap portfolio | EP44

Equity analyst, John Wilson, shares how the team approaches separating signal from noise, why defensive business models make for a resilient portfolio, and the advantages of a "cookie-cutter" growth runway.

October 2, 2019 22 Mins
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Playing the plan: Mawer’s U.S. equity portfolio | EP43

U.S. equity co-manager, Colin Wong, discusses the big picture backdrop (interest rates, U.S.-China trade war) and then dives deep into the investment thesis behind Microsoft, and A.O. Smith.

September 4, 2019 43 Mins
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Making a difference: Impact investing | EP42

Calgary Foundation Board and Impact Investing Committee Chair, Bob Gibson, and Director, Investments, Lauren Frosst, discuss the Foundation’s definition of impact investing, why the foundation became involved, and how they got started.

August 21, 2019 46 Mins
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Playing the plan: Mawer’s international equity portfolio | EP41

Lead portfolio manager, David Ragan, discusses some big picture risks (Brexit and U.S.-China trade wars) and then dives deep into the investment thesis behind LVMH and Bunzl.

August 7, 2019 23 Mins
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Lessons from 33 years of investing | EP40

Investing legend Martin Ferguson, pioneer of the award winning Mawer Canadian small cap strategy, shares the lessons he learned over his 33 year career.

July 24, 2019 40 Mins
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Trader talk: Every BEEP matters | EP39

Equity trader, Jeff Wilson, delves into the in-house “B-E-E-P” framework the trading team has built: Best Execution, Education, and Process.

July 17, 2019 33 Mins

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