On the heels of the Asian Financial Crisis that gripped much of the continent, Burgundy ventured into uncharted waters, launching its first strategy outside North America: Japan. After more than 20 years in this often-overlooked region, Burgundy’s bottom-up approach continues to endure despite unabating headwinds from stagnant economic growth, aging demographics, natural disasters, and now, a global pandemic. Does the West face a similar future?
On September 30th, Investment Counsellor Lauren Davis Landau sat down with Portfolio Manager Craig Pho to discuss Burgundy’s experience in Asia, lessons learned from investing in a difficult business environment, and how these lessons might be applied to a future where much of the world may face similar headwinds.
Highlights of the session include:
- 01:42: Burgundy’s start to investing in Japan
- 04:39: Investing through crises and how improbable things happen a lot more frequently than we think
- 10:09: Being a contrarian and standing apart
- 14:14: The importance of focusing on quality and having a long-term perspective
The transcript of the session has been edited for clarity.
If you would like to see the full video to also learn about the following, among other discussion points please contact us.
- How our investments in Japan have done during COVID-19?
- What are the consequences of overpaying for a company?
- What role has volatility and the Japanese central bank played?
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