Morning Bamboo Insight: 08/07/2014

Morning Bamboo Insight: 08/07/2014


1. The tragedy of the Arabs: A civilisation that used to lead the world is in ruins-and only the locals can rebuild it

2. FT Investor roundtable: cautious outlook for second half of 2014

3. Best Sites for Quants; Online resources like Quantopian and Quantpedia let you share ideas and sharpen you trading skills.

4. Central banks ending era of clear promises, return to ‘artful’ policy

5. Heathrow makes money out of misery; London’s main airport is abusing its dominant position

6. IEX Pricing Aims to Drain ‘Dark Pools’

7. July 1914 crisis shows economic rebirth can be long and painful process; Without tackling underlying problems, the near collapse of the global economy can breed conditions for the next disaster

8. Israel’s conglomerates: Prosecutors and lawmakers get to grips with unpopular “tycoons”

9. Superfoods or superfrauds? Scientists are unimpressed

10. UK body seeks to improve standards in company culture; internal auditors need to go beyond a focus on controls and to undertake a “root-cause” analysis to identify cultural weaknesses in their company

Asia Pacific

1. (Isia) – Prabowo at loss, Jokowi in command; As rumors of Prabowo reunion with ex-wife and Soeharto’s daughter swirl, Jokowi rocks stadium

2. (China/Tech) – How IBM is using big data to fix Beijing’s pollution crisis

3. (China) – China’s steel plants grapple with excess inventory, debt

4. (China) – Tesla gears get the wrench in risky China market; China mulling open gate for new electric car industry investors

5. (China) – China’s underground e-waste processing outmatches legal plants

6. (China) – Property developers in China suffer disruption of funding

7. (Korea/Healthcare) – Drugmakers warn on South Korea pricing policy

8. Johor to tax developers for sea reclamation

9. (Msia) – Bigger, stronger community of entrepreneurs key for M’sia to become developed country

10. (Isia) – Indonesia’s tight, dirty presidential race may be decided in West Java

11. (Isia) – Behind Prabowo’s campaign to become Indonesia’s president, a questionable crew

12. (Spore) – Time for a stewardship code for Singapore; It is a useful instrument to help build a critical mass of institutional shareholders as responsible members of the corporate governance ecosystem

13. (Philippines) – The diversification, which dipped San Miguel’s hand into toll ways, petrochemicals and airline businesses, bolstered the company’s equity value 10 times to $30 billion from $3 billion seven years ago.

14. (Msia) – Malaysia eyes first rate hike in 3 years as consumer debt risk grows

15. (HK) – Hong Kong Law Under Threat; Arrests show the danger to independent police and judiciary.

16. (HK/China) – Mainland tourists less willing to spend in HK

17. (HK/China) – Beijing is threatening the future of its golden goose; If troops go to deal with Hong Kong protests it could get out of control, says Jonathan Fenby

18. (Japan) – In Japan, Idled Electronics Factories Find New Life in Farming; “Plants don’t complain. They’re so obedient and good.”


1. Tibetan genetics: The secret of Tibetans’ success lies with ancestors who were not quite human

2. Genetics and music: Practice may not make perfect; Musical ability is in the DNA

3. Inside Forbes: Investment Guide 2014 – Top 20 All Time Gurus  

4. The Science of Mental Time Travel: Memory and How Our Ability to Imagine the Future Made Us Human

5. How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow

6. In Search of Time: The History, Physics, and Philosophy of Time

7. The Declaration of Independence: The Words Heard Around the World; No American document has had a bigger global impact than the Declaration of Independence

8. 12 Steps To Turn Your Kids Into Tech Billionaires

9. FT interview with T. Boone Pickens, BP Capital; The former corporate raider has become a champion of natural gas


1. Spanish Wifi firm Gowex says results fake, heads to bankruptcy

2. (China/Tech) – How IBM is using big data to fix Beijing’s pollution crisis

3. U.S. Military Turns to Hollywood to Outfit the Soldier of the Future; Designer of ‘Iron Man’ Suit Among Those Working on High-Tech Gear for Elite Troops

4. Epic Presentation On The Future Of TV


1. (Korea/Healthcare) – Drugmakers warn on South Korea pricing policy


1. Death of the supermarket: Discounters, specialists and online options eat into market share across the developed world


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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