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CIO Paul Moroz walks us through his “best practices” portfolio construction checklist.

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On modern monetary theory

We explore the evolution of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and the notable economic ideas on which it is based. We highlight some notable criticisms and discuss implications of MMT for economic policy and financial markets.

June 30, 2021
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Why investors really need to understand the mechanics of Bitcoin | EP87

Opening the Pandora’s box of Bitcoin, societal trust, and why investors might not, but need to, fully understand the technology.

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Where I’m seeing value in emerging markets

I’ve been revisiting Philip Fisher’s Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits recently. Scanning the opportunity set in emerging markets, I’ve been trying to imagine what Fisher would have made of the current investment landscape.

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Playing the plan Mawer U.S. equity portfolio EP86

Playing the plan: Mawer’s U.S. equity portfolio | EP86

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Deep dive: The pharmaceutical industry | EP85

A close look at our research methods to understand trends, opportunities, and challenges in the pharmaceutical industry.

May 5, 2021 38 Mins
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Where I’m seeing value in emerging markets

I’ve been revisiting Philip Fisher’s Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits recently. Scanning the opportunity set in emerging markets, I’ve been trying to imagine what Fisher would have made of the current investment landscape.

May 26, 2021
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
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Mawer’s autumn reads 2020

The onset of autumn means ‘tis time for some recommended reads.

September 2, 2020
Not boring finds for June 2020

(Not) boring finds for June 2020

Howard Marks sent a memo; Ray Dalio explained the last 500 years as they related to empires and reserve currencies; we learned a new word, “shoshin”; and scanned a lot of charts about U. S. advertising revenue trends.

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The enemy is us: Mitigating confirmation bias

Back in March, as physical distancing practices were being implemented globally, I was bemused by contrasting provocatively titled articles published within a day of one another.

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Not boring finds for May 2020

(Not) boring finds for May 2020

A podcast about decision-making theory, a global fiscal policy tracker, a blog about market assumptions, and an infinite monkey theorem experiment. The ideas springs have sprung.

May 27, 2020
Scuttlebutt and its dramatic effect on long term investing

Scuttlebutt and its dramatic effect on long-term investing | John Wilson | EP10

John Wilson, analyst on Mawer’s global small cap equity strategy, defines scuttlebutt and its competitive advantage for long-term investors.

July 4, 2018 19 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

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