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Evening Bamboo Insight: 09/07/2014

Evening Bamboo Insight: 09/07/2014

Macro

1. Let’s unleash the economic might of Britain’s regions; Every part of this country is building a strategy for growth

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/10948094/Lets-unleash-the-economic-might-of-Britains-regions.html

2. Three’s a crowd: The instability that stems from trilemmas

http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21606328-instability-stems-trilemmas-threes-crowd

3. The global monetary system: Not floating, but flailing; After 150 years of monetary experimentation, the world remains unsure how to organise global finance

http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21606322-after-150-years-monetary-experimentation-world-remains-unsure-how

4. Bulgarian banks: Digital rumours; What caused the run on two of Bulgaria’s largest banks?

http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21606323-what-caused-run-two-bulgarias-largest-banks-digital-rumours

5. The Luis Suárez of international finance: Argentina’s debt stand-off reflects a teenage attitude that rules are there to be broken

http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21606268-argentinas-debt-stand-reflects-teenage-attitude-rules-are-there-be-broken-luis

6. Mexico’s reforms: Foreigners enthuse over Enrique Peña Nieto’s reforms. Mexicans are warier

http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21606269-foreigners-enthuse-over-enrique-pe-nietos-reforms-mexicans-are-warier-power-and

7. The struggle to avoid divorce between Britain and the European Union

http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21606282-struggle-avoid-divorce-between-britain-and-european-union-loosening-union

8. The Bretton Woods agreements: The 70-year itch; Both the West and China are neglecting the institutions that help keep the world economy upright

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21606280-both-west-and-china-are-neglecting-institutions-help-keep-world-economy

Asia Pacific

1. (Isia) – In Closing Debate, Joko Promises Bureaucratic ‘Breakthrough’, While Prabowo Strives for ‘A Dignified Nation’; Confident Joko Shows True Colors in Final Presidential Debate

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/closing-debate-joko-promises-bureaucratic-breakthrough-prabowo-strives-dignified-nation/

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/confident-joko-shows-true-colors-final-presidential-debate/

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/exploring-candidates-plans-economy/

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/kalla-hatta-question-good-one-misguided/

2. (China) – Investment craze for China’s Dairy Farms

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140705000079&cid=1202

3. (China) – Su Zhijun, grandson of PLA general Su Yu

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140702000013&cid=1601

4. (China) – State-owned Chinese food processing companies are suspected of raking in massive profits from importing genetically modified corn from the United States

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140705000114&cid=1102

5. (Taiwan) – Taiwan’s foreign exchange reserves hit a new high of US$423.5 billion by the end of June

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140705000102&cid=1203

6. (Korea/Tech) – S Korea to break away from Windows by 2020

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1201&MainCatID=12&id=20140705000115

7. When Teflon wears off: The economy cannot shrug off Thailand’s political problems

http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21606327-economy-cannot-shrug-thailands-political-problems-when-teflon-wears

8. Waiting for the Modi mojo: In its first budget, the government must fix public finances and offer reforms

http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21606337-its-first-budget-government-must-fix-public-finances-and-offer-reforms-waiting-modi

9. (Isia) – Indonesia’s presidential election: Competing visions; A political naif represents a more hopeful future for Indonesia than a Suharto-era soldier

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21606285-political-naif-represents-more-hopeful-future-indonesia-suharto-era

Life

1. This Fourth Of July, Stop To Thank Chinese Alchemists

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2014/07/04/this-fourth-of-july-stop-to-thank-chinese-alchemists/print/

2. Citizen Bezos

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/jul/10/citizen-bezos-amazon/

3. Lessons Sports Direct investors could learn from the plight of Morrisons; Sir Ken Morrison and Mike Ashley of Sports Direct have a lot in common, including their attitude to corporate governance. And look at what happened to Morrisons

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jul/06/sports-direct-lesson-morrisons

4. How Poundland’s Jim McCarthy helped changed the rag tag image of pound shops; The Poundland chief executive has transformed the business, but it was family illness that first brought him to the retailer

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10948040/How-Poundlands-Jim-McCarthy-helped-changed-the-rag-tag-image-of-pound-shops.html

5. Donors Give More When They Have a Sense of Belonging

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/upshot/donors-give-more-when-they-have-a-sense-of-belonging.html?ref=business&_r=0

6. At Zingerman’s, Pastrami and Partnership to Go; From its beginnings in Ann Arbor, Mich., a deli has grown into a circle of businesses, all celebrating employee involvement

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/business/at-zingermans-pastrami-and-partnership-to-go.html?ref=business

7. Many Founding Fathers Were Shockingly Young When The Declaration Of Independence Was Signed In 1776

http://www.businessinsider.sg/age-of-founding-fathers-on-july-4-1776-2014-7/#.U7iw0vmSxqU

8. Textbook cases, Chapter 10; In which democracies join in East Asia’s history wars

http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21606332-which-democracies-join-east-asias-history-wars-textbook-cases-chapter-10

9. German schools: The Gymnasium revolt; Parents fret over how long children should stay in school

http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21606298-parents-fret-over-how-long-children-should-stay-school-gymnasium-revolt

TMT

1. (Korea/Tech) – S Korea to break away from Windows by 2020

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1201&MainCatID=12&id=20140705000115

2. Free Video Games Say Pay Up or Wait, Testing Players’ Patience; Free-to-download mobile games have become a lucrative business, but aggressive appeals for in-app purchases are turning off some players

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/technology/free-video-games-say-pay-up-or-wait-testing-players-patience.html?ref=business

3. Emerging TV Markets Are Going To Crush European TV Markets

http://www.businessinsider.sg/emerging-tv-markets-beau-european-tv-markets-2014-7/

4. The World’s Languages Have A Significant Bias Towards Happiness

http://www.businessinsider.sg/word-happiness-study-2014-6/#.U7iw5fmSxqU

5. Tethered by history: The failures of the Arab spring were a long time in the making

http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21606286-failures-arab-spring-were-long-time-making-tethered-history

Consumer

1. Sports Direct: How Britain’s biggest sports retailer flourished during the recession

http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21606299-how-britains-biggest-sports-retailer-flourished-during-recession-game-set-match

 

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Despite Democratic Endorsement, SBY Spares No Praise for Prabowo; “If you lead, you will have to lead everyone, including those who didn’t vote for you,” Yudhoyono said. “A leader should not keep his anger and grudges.”

Despite Democratic Endorsement, SBY Spares No Praise for Prabowo

By Ezra Sihite & Carlos Paat on 04:03 pm Jul 05, 2014

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President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, right, meets with presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto at Yudhoyono’s private residence in Cikea, Bogor, on July 4, 2014. (Antara Photo/Setpres-Abror Rizki)

  1.  President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his coalition team on Friday evening at Yudhoyono’s house in Bogor.

“I received a letter from the Prabowo-Hatta campaign team saying they wanted to meet me,” Yudhoyono said at his residence in the Cikeas neighborhood. “It was directed to me as an individual, not as the president, so it was right and legal for me to meet them.”

The meeting was filmed by local TV stations, as President Yudhoyono said he wanted the encounter to be open to the public.

Read more at http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/despite-democratic-endorsement-sby-spares-praise-prabowo/

CEOs: The More You Pay Them, The Worse They Perform

MONDAY, 30 JUNE 2014

CEOs: The More You Pay Them, The Worse They Perform

THE PSY-FI BLOG

The Peter Principle

“Every new member in a hierarchical organization climbs the hierarchy until he/she reaches his/her level of maximum incompetence”

The Peter Principle states that everyone gets promoted to a level at which they’re incompetent. More generally Lawrence Peter observed that anything that works gets used to do other things until it fails. This is true even of ideas, and sometimes even failure doesn’t stop them being promulgated. Consider, for instance, economics as the primary example of an idea stretched beyond its elastic limit.

But at the top of the corporate tree are those executives who’ve somehow avoided becoming victims of the Peter Principle. Of course, simply becoming a CEO doesn’t disprove the idea, it just makes it more likely that we’ll have lots of incompetent business leaders who’ve become really good at blaming other people. And a survey of CEOs suggests that this is exactly true: they’re overrated, they’re overpaid and they don’t deliver for anyone apart from themselves. Why am I not surprised?

Read more at http://www.psyfitec.com/2014/06/ceos-more-you-pay-them-worse-they.html

Morning Bamboo Insight: 07/07/2014

Morning Bamboo Insight: 07/07/2014

Macro

1. The illusion of ‘low-risk’ government bonds

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/650e1914-0362-11e4-817f-00144feab7de.html#axzz36YnvLwtv

2. Lords to grill accountancy watchdog on ‘going concern’ rules

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ba2edcb2-0399-11e4-817f-00144feab7de.html#axzz36YnvLwtv

3. Fed must not linger too long on QE exit; The end of easy money will hit bond markets hard if not timed right

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/abaedfd4-02bd-11e4-8c28-00144feab7de.html#axzz36ZAEXS6J

4. Win or Lose, It’s Where the Game Is Played That Matters in Britain; From sports to commerce, Britain embraces “Wimbledonization,” the idea that no matter the outcome, it is much better to have all the players on its home turf

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/07/04/win-or-lose-its-where-the-game-is-played-that-matters-in-britain/?ref=business

5. Paying Employees to Stay, Not to Go; Restaurants like Shake Shack and Boloco that offer their employees above-average pay say they have lower turnover and better customer service

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/05/business/economy/boloco-and-shake-shack-offer-above-average-pay.html?ref=economy

Asia Pacific

1. (Korea/Taiwan) – South Korea’s FTA push threatens Taiwan’s global market

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140704000073&cid=1701

2. (Korea) – Mid-to-large-size newly built apartments in the Seoul metropolitan area are being sold at a steep discount after sitting idle for a long time

http://news.mk.co.kr/english/newsRead.php?sc=30800016&cm=Finance&year=2014&no=958887&selFlag=sc&relatedcode=&wonNo=&sID=308

3. (Japan) – The world’s largest vegetable factory to make use of LED has been built in one of the cities damaged by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/07/03/business/corporate-business/largest-led-veggie-factory-built-quake-hit-city/#.U7Z0GPmSxqU

4. (Taiwan/Tech) – Taiwanese company amazes world with dynamic flight theater

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20140629000101

5. (Taiwan) – New tax reforms in Taiwan target income from property sales

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1201&MainCatID=12&id=20140703000090

6. (Spore) – Singaporeans air views on PM at Speakers’ Corner

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/458c0ee8-032b-11e4-81b1-00144feab7de.html#axzz36YnvLwtv

7. (Isia) – On Election’s Eve, Indonesia Economy Faces Crossroads; As Boom Times End, Next President Faces Choice on How to Change Gears, Avoid Resource ‘Trap’

http://online.wsj.com/articles/indonesia-at-economic-crossroads-1404373683

http://online.wsj.com/articles/indonesia-presidential-candidates-trade-barbs-in-final-debate-1404591162?mod=wsj_india_main

http://online.wsj.com/articles/two-men-battle-for-indonesia-1404558677

8. (Isia) – Indonesia Risks Suharto-Era Return as Prabowo Rises

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indonesia-risks-suharto-era-rerun-prabowo-rises/

Life

1. The Secret of Effective Motivation: Encourage people to do something for its own sake, not for its benefits

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/opinion/sunday/the-secret-of-effective-motivation.html?ref=opinion

2. How to Redraw the World Map; What parts of the world should rethink their maps? Why and how?

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/07/03/where-do-borders-need-to-be-redrawn?ref=opinion

3. This May Be The Biggest Problem With America’s ‘Common Core’ Education Standards

http://www.businessinsider.sg/heres-the-biggest-problem-with-common-core-2014-7/#.U7eJ_fmSxqU

4. Inspiring Quotes On Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness From Every US President

http://www.businessinsider.sg/best-inspirational-quotes-from-us-presidents-2014-7/#.U7eKlvmSxqU

5. Honesty a rare commodity

http://www.thestar.com.my/Opinion/Columnists/Sunday-Starters/Profile/Articles/2014/07/06/Honesty-a-rare-commodity/

TMT

1. VMware Declares That Windows Reign ‘Is Coming To An End’ . And The Mac Is Taking Over

http://www.businessinsider.sg/vmware-windows-is-coming-to-an-end-2014-7/#.U7eKFfmSxqU

2. Israeli High Tech Gets Aggressive

http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/05/israeli-high-tech-gets-aggressive/

3. Zuora’s Journey To Managing The Subscription Economy

 

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