Morning Bamboo Insight: 11 Jul 2014

Morning Bamboo Insight: 11 Jul 2014


1. Low volatility is bad for ‘low-vol’ funds; Once central banks start to tighten rates, such assets may make sense

2. Our Financial Crisis Amnesia; Remember the S&L crisis? Nobody else does either. And we’ll soon forget about 2008 too.

3. Emerging market fund managers ignore borders, chase profits

Asia Pacific

1. (Isia) – Indonesia at a Crossroads: Old Model or Brand New Chapter?

2. (Korea) – Won overvalued by 10%, similar to right before 1997 crisis: seminar

3. (Korea) – The Samsung risk; Economy cannot depend on a few companies, industries

4. (Korea) – Korea’s Securities and Futures Commission recommended the dismissal of Hyosung billionaire chairman Cho Suck-Rai and Vice Chairman Lee Sang-woon due to fraudulent accounting; sibling rivalry intensifies

5. (Korea) – ‘Knowing what to give up is important’: GS chief Huh Chang-soo who asked executives to be “proactive” in investment and “bold” about shutting down businesses with dim prospects

6. (India) – Free India’s government from the shackles of the state

7. (Isia) – New breed starts to muscle in on Indonesia’s old-style patronage politics

8. (Isia) – Indonesia needs forward-looking leadership

9. (China/Healthcare) – China tells hospitals not to deny emergency care to the poor

10. (China) – CCTV Accuses Bank of China of Money Laundering; Broadcast Claims Bank Helps Clients Skirt the Controls on Cross-Border Fund Transfers

11. (China) – The deluge of lawsuits over China’s missing metals has begun

12. (India) – The real picture of India’s finances is terrifying

13. (China) – Chinese Gov’t Throwing Money away on Bullet Trains, Expert Says

14. (HK) – Hong Kong’s Protests Could Send Its Property Market Into The Worst Slump Since The 1998 Asian Financial Crisis


1. A Great Negotiator’s Essential Advice; Tommy Koh played central roles in some of the most complex international negotiations ever held

2. In Praise of the Invisible Leader

3. Why Piketty’s Wealth Data Are Worthless; Private retirement plans rose to $12.4 trillion in 2012 from $875 billion in 1984. None of it is reported on tax returns

4. The Billionaire Families Behind Your Favorite Brands

5. Startups Anonymous: The Founder Meltdown

6. Thomas Edison Secretly Financed The First Electric Chair To Destroy His Rival

7. Scientists Discover Potential New Way To Fight Fat And Depression: Bacteria


1. The rise of the Google Handyman

2. Smartwatches Blur Outlook for Google Glass; Google Makes Tactical Shift in Wearable Devices; Smartwatches Are Cheaper And Offer Far More Apps

3. S.Africa’s Naspers, majority owner of China’s Tencent, to reinvent itself, again, for mobile

4. Africa’s Challenges Are Tech Startups’ Opportunities; Local Entrepreneurs Develop Sturdier Products Tailored to Continent’s Technological Needs

5. Turkey Is Becoming A New Kind Of Silicon Valley

6. DIY Website Builder Wix Launches Email Newsletter Service

7. Ad spending per person in 2013; Advertisers value Americans almost 110 times more than Indians

8. Meet Quikr, India’s very own answer to Craigslist

9. 7 Body Language Tricks To Make Anyone Instantly Like You


1. Race Is On to Profit From Rise of Urgent Care; A growing category in health care promises an alternative to the hospital emergency room and perhaps the family practitioner, with low fees and extended hours


1. The unraveling of American Apparel



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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