Morning Bamboo Insight: 06/07/2014

Morning Bamboo Insight: 06/07/2014


1. Largest Austrian Bank Crashes After “Revealing” 40% Surge In Bad Debt Provisions, Record Loss

2. Workers are cutting back on the stock of their own companies; Berkshire Hathaway and other firms are limiting workers from putting all their eggs in one basket

3. Do hedge funds deserve the fees? Mostly not, according to Bernard Sabrier, chairman of Unigestion, a Geneva-based fund management firm with US$15.5 billion of AUM

4. David Winters on Asia, the Consumer, and Coca-Cola

5. How this Michigan landfill is turning Canada’s nasty trash into treasure

Asia Pacific

1. (HK/China) – China’s Communist Party mouthpiece dismisses fears of erosion of HK autonomy

2. (Thai) – Thai junta compares its intervention to Myanmar’s 1988 crackdown

3. (China) – The “Miracle” Of China’s PMI Resurrection In 1 Uncomfortable Chart

4. (Isia) – Indonesia’s President Endorses Subianto as Next Leader; Yudhoyono Made Unusual Joint Appearance on Live TV to Deliver Endorsement

5. (Isia) – Indonesian presidential hopeful Joko Widodo plans to allow foreign investment in apartments to boost tax revenue, a move that could spur demand for property in the country’s luxury market

6. (Msia) – Datuk Lim Kuang Sia, who founded Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd some 35 years ago, isn’t a fan of how “glut” has been used to describe the rubber glove sector

7. Tan Sri Robert Tan Hua Choon, once dubbed the “the Casio King” for being the only distributor of the brand’s watches and calculators, just keeps unlocking the value of his companies

8. (Isia) – Ministry to crack down on nepotism in Indonesian state companies

9. (Asia) – Asia at ‘critical point’ due to splintering ties: Tommy Koh

10. (Philippines) – 90-Year-Old Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, one of the Philippines’ most powerful politicians, was arrested on Friday over a massive corruption scandal that has shocked the country

11. (China) – Admiral Zheng He is everywhere in China these days, even though he died almost 600 years ago. The government is promoting him to remind its people – and Asia – that China’s destiny is to be a great naval power.

12. (Isia) – As Indonesians Prepare to Vote, Analysts Consider Post-Election Conflicts

13. (Australia) – Aussie aquaculture industry hopes to cash in on world demand for fish

14. (HK) – Hong Kong: Change in the air; As Beijing seeks to ‘clarify’ the level of autonomy in the former British colony, a mood of rebellion is growing


1. Today’s Titans Can Learn From Fall of U.S. Steel; A once-powerful corporation has been dropped from the S&P 500-stock index, but the fact that it’s down may not mean that it’s out

2. Best Of Carol Loomis: 1966-2012

3. 5 Startup Lessons From America’s First Cofounders; The United States was built on an entrepreneurial spirit. Here’s how the country’s first leaders paved the way for modern-day entrepreneurs

4. ‘Yanks’: The Journey of a Word to Disrespect the Dutch

5. Imelda Marcos, the flamboyant wife of deposed Philippines dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, celebrated her 85th birthday with diamonds and ‘shoe’ cake

6. Nine HR Policies That Drive Good People Away


1. Smartphones allow do-it-yourself stress hormone tests

2. The Government Once Built Silicon Valley

3. Design locally, print globally: 3-D printing market set to skyrocket


1. A malfunction that spawns Frankenstein bugs; Overused drugs do not work, but unused drugs do not pay

Investing Process

1. What Philip Fisher avoided


1. U.S. overtakes Saudi Arabia, Russia to become world’s biggest oil producer: report


About bambooinnovator
Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (, the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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