Nov 2, 2020
You may remember my popular first meeting from a few years ago
with Paul Black of WCM, then a $25 billion asset manager in Laguna
Beach, CA. Since then, WCM has gone up and to the right in every
way, they sold a minority piece of the business to Natixis,
continue to put big numbers on the board, and have grown to north
of $66 billion, defying the fade of active management outflows.
My guest on today’s show is Mike Trigg, a partner and portfolio manager of WCM’s Focused International Growth strategy that comprises the majority of the firm’s assets. We discuss Mike’s background, arrival at WCM in 2005, near implosion of the firm shortly thereafter, and the rising of the international strategy from those ashes. We then dive in deeper to the core tenants of WCM’s approach, discussing how the firm analyzes widening moats and cultures tied to competitive advantage. Lastly, we talk about how WCM’s growth has impacted the firm.
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