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Asia’s New ‘Axis of Reform’?

Asia’s New ‘Axis of Reform’?

By William Pesek on 07:17 pm Jun 10, 2014

Asia’s three biggest economies are suddenly experiencing a burst of change that could alter the growth trajectory for the world’s most populous region. Are we seeing the birth of a new “Axis of Reform,” one which could revive the global economy?

China’s Xi Jinping, India’s Narendra Modi and Japan’s Shinzo Abe are simultaneously sketching out vague-but-promising plans to revitalize their rigid economies. It’s not a coordinated process — more of a serendipitous coincidence, driven by a dire need for change in all three nations. Still, the possibilities are enticing: A truly dynamic and innovative Asia would raise living standards for billions and fresh hope for a world wondering where all its big growth engines went. Read more of this post

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Keeping It In the Family: Even though Isia has the largest economy in ASEAN, it remains a small stock market; Family-owned businesses are avoiding equity offerings to the public because they can raise money by borrowing from banks

Keeping It In the Family

By Dominic G. Diongson, Vanesha Manuturi and Dion Bisara on 09:02 pm Jun 10, 2014

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A worker shorts Sido Muncul’s best seller herbal remedy Tolak Angin. (JG Photo/Dhana Kencana)

Some family-owned businesses are avoiding equity offerings to the public because they can raise money by borrowing from banks. They also don’t want to cede control or dilute ownership, because they believe that everything should remain in family hands.

In their journey to expand and develop, why do some family-run firms choose banks and loans over an initial public offering? Globe Asia examine the various factors at play. Read more of this post

Uber-Like GrabTaxi Takes Harvard Plan Into Southeast Asia

Uber-Like GrabTaxi Takes Harvard Plan Into Southeast Asia

By Siddharth Philip on 12:57 pm Jun 10, 2014

Anthony Tan was a student at Harvard Business School when a classmate pulled him aside to gripe about how hard it was to hail a cab in Malaysia.

“What’s wrong with your taxi system?” said Tan, recalling the complaint about his country three years ago. “Your great- grandfather was a taxi driver, your grandfather started the Japanese auto industry in Malaysia, so do something about it.” Read more of this post

MSCI Keeps China Out of Indexes as Korea Upgrade Abandoned

MSCI Keeps China Out of Indexes as Korea Upgrade Abandoned

By Belinda Cao on 08:27 am Jun 11, 2014

China’s mainland-traded shares won’t be included in MSCI’s emerging-markets index, while South Korea and Taiwan were removed from consideration for an upgrade to developed market status.

MSCI, which based its decision on limitations to investing in China’s so-called A shares, may consider an inclusion in 2015, the index provider said in a statement on Tuesday. The MSCI Korea and MSCI Taiwan indexes will be removed from potential reclassification because of the absence of “any significant improvements” in areas such as the limited convertibility of local currencies and market accessibility. Read more of this post

Alice Schroeder, author of The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, in Reddit Q&A

Hi, I’m Alice Schroeder, author of The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life. Looking forward to your questions.(self.investing)

submitted 26 days ago by aliceschroederThe Snowball

 

I was fortunate to have spent 10 years getting to know Warren Buffett by spending days and weeks with him. I could ask him anything and you can ask me anything as well. Some of you may want to know why he chose me. In his words, he likes the way I think, he likes the way I write. Spending thousands of hours with Warren was like getting a Ph.D., or maybe more than one. Before writing The Snowball, I was an analyst at several firms on Wall Street, a regulator, a CPA, and now I invest, and serve on corporate boards. From auditor to board member I’ve seen the sausage factory. My motto is: do whatever will teach you the most. Read more of this post

Does Value Investing Work in the Technology Sector?

Does Value Investing Work in the Technology Sector?

Wesley R. Gray, Ph.D. 05/16/2014 09:53

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A recent blog post suggests that value investing in the tech sector is a waste of time.

The article tells a compelling story and argues for 2 points:

Successful tech stock investing is done when the stocks are dear, not when they are cheap.

Tech companies should not get credit for huge piles of cash on their balance sheets. Read more of this post

Corporate attempts at innovation are overwhelmingly dying on the vine

Corporate attempts at innovation are overwhelmingly dying on the vine

By Matt McFarland Updated: June 4 at 8:46 am

The lion’s share of corporate innovation projects are not making it to the market, according to a survey from Fahrenheit 212.

The innovation consulting firm asked 100 chief innovation officers from multinational corporations what percentage of their innovation projects make it to market. Forty-five percent of respondents said fewer than 10 percent of their projects did. Twenty-one percent of those surveyed said between 10 and 25 percent of their projects made it to market. Read more of this post

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