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Not boring finds for June 2019

(Not) boring finds for June 2019

This month we learned that broader lessons from history have more leverage; how the shifts over time in the intangible tech economy are impacting businesses and consumers; that AIs are getting more lifelike and creative; and that it’s important to...

June 26, 2019 1 Mins
A fish doesnt know its surrounded by water

A fish doesn’t know it’s surrounded by water: The importance of investing globally

We have found that many Canadian investors—or any investor, for that matter—can be reluctant to diversify beyond their borders, but portfolios solely invested in Canada might as well be an egg crate on a rickety motorcycle.

June 19, 2019 5 Mins
Technical debt

Technical debt

Over the long-term, the accumulated costs of technical debt can have a financial impact on a company and its shareholders.

June 5, 2019 13 Mins
Not boring finds for May 2019

(Not) boring finds for May 2019

The need to check and recheck your numbers, a bull market for baby teeth, the lures of personal finance personalities, and how Instagram is becoming the new mall…it was an interesting month.

May 30, 2019 2 Mins
Strategy beyond scale in commoditized industries

Strategy beyond scale in commoditized industries

We believe smaller players can be competitive, profitable, and create value in commoditized and competitive markets—the crux is having an effective strategy.

May 15, 2019 7 Mins
Not boring finds for April 2019

(Not) boring finds for April 2019

Our finds this month include thoughts about growth prospects for the world’s major economies, the world’s first glimpse of a black hole, Howard Marks on the need for responsible capitalism, and how the business of content streaming is going to evolve.

May 1, 2019 2 Mins
Underweight Our take on Japan

Underweight: Our take on Japan | David Ragan | EP09

David Ragan, portfolio manager of Mawer’s international equity strategies, reveals why the portfolio is—and has always been—underweight in Japan.

June 20, 2018 21 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

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