Morning Bamboo Insight: 10 Jul 2014

Morning Bamboo Insight: 10 Jul 2014


1. Uncertainty Abounds Around Fed’s Rate Rise

2. Profits Vanish in Venezuela After Currency Devaluation

3. Gowex collapse casts shadow over Spain’s alternative market listings

Asia Pacific

1. (China) – Muddy Waters founder Carson Block : China’s Fake GDP Is Over-Inflated By 25%

2. (China/Consumer) – Here’s What Investors Get Wrong About Chinese Consumers; what foreign investors get wrong is that they think of Chinese consumers as one big market, when in fact they’re smaller, regional markets

3. (Japan) – Doraemon charms U.S. viewers in first remake for a foreign market

4. (Japan) – Japan’s innovation challenge

5. (Msia/Healthcacre) – Malaysian botanical drug developer seeks $300 million Nasdaq listing

6. (Msia) – Worries over luxury condos, number of upcoming units in Malaysia’s Klang Valley ‘frightening’

7. (HK) – Within the space of 10 hours, HSBC fundamentally changed the tone of a market analysis report about Hong Kong

8. (HK/China) – The Hong Kong arms of the Big Four have got the rule of law wrong

9. (Asia) – Amid scratchy global economic growth, Asia accounts for nearly 30% of global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows, making it the world’s top recipient of FDI

10. (Asia) – Currency Reserves Swell in Asia; Central-Bank Policy Makers Fight Tide of Cheap Global Capital

11. (China) – China says graft found at leading university, state food company

12. (China/Tech) – Overseas online shopping: China’s next ‘blue sea’

13. (China) – China’s Colonization Of America’s Luxury Real Estate Market In One Chart

14. (China) – China’s baddest billionaire builder Yan Jiehe, founder of Pacific Construction Group, China’s largest privately owned builder

15. (China) – More Chinese firms hungry for German businesses

16. (China) – Fearing graft probes, Chinese officials shun spotlight, seek retirement

17. (Korea) – The debt ratio of Korea’s 10 business conglomerates facing a harsh restructuring program has surpassed 260 percent on average, worse than a year ago


1. Robots will take over middle-class professions, says minister; David Willetts, the university minister, suggests high-level professions are more likely to be taken over by computers than those that involve apparently simple tasks such as making a cup of tea

2. America’s Richest Families: 185 Clans With Billion Dollar Fortunes

3. The Gilded Age Family That Gave It All Away: The Carnegies

4. How To Blow $9 Billion: The Fallen Stroh Family

5. 175 Years Later, The Mellons Have Never Been Richer. How’d They Do It?

6. Family Misfortunes: 8 Of America’s Richest Clans And Their Bitter Fights Over Billions

7. How The $1 Billion Kennedy Family Fortune Defies Death And Taxes

8. Sky Scrappers: World Trade Center Is A Risk For Everyone Involved — Except The Billionaire Durst Family

9. How types of Focus Influence our Lives; Heidi Grant Halvorson, a social psychologist and author talks about two types of focus and how they influence virtually every aspect of our lives

10. Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer: The billionaire mathematician James H. Simons has led a life of ferocious curiosity

11. ‘The Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman Discusses His Creative Process

12. CEO Of Disgraced Spanish Tech Company Quotes Kipling In Email To Employees

13. This Startup Has Saved Its Users Billions Of Minutes By Cleaning Up Their Email Inboxes

14. “People who want to explore their inner experience need solitude to do so”

15. This Visionary Article From 1932 Holds An Important Lesson For America’s Workaholics

16. Motley Fool expanding its wealth management division; The firm, created as an investment advice newsletter 21 years ago by brothers David and Tom Gardner, is now offering more comprehensive financial planning with annual subscriptions


1. WPP founder Sir Martin Sorrell: The 10 Trends Shaping the Global Ad Business; The Most Powerful Man In Advertising Says Creativity Is Dying In Europe And The United States

2. Inside Narrative Science, The Artificial Intelligence Company That Could Put Journalists Out Of Work


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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