Morning Bamboo Insight: 30 Jul 2014

Morning Bamboo Insight: 30 Jul 2014


  1. One-third of people in Europe say they don’t feel European

  1. Stock Market Keeps Its Faith in Humanity; After Years of Losing Ground to Computers, Human-Based Stock Trading Is Holding Its Own

  1. Meet the SEC’s 6,500 Whistleblowers; People Are Offering Confidential Information Under a Securities and Exchange Commission Program

  1. Cambodia: Wave of discontent; Hun Sen’s 29-year regime is tottering as a young population, angered by corruption, seeks change

  1. Audit is no longer the chore the board dreads most; There is uncertainty about what risk committees should do, writes Howard Davies

6. (Shipping/Macro) – One of the shipping industry’s most influential partnerships is set to end after 19 years, after Tor Olav Trøim said he was stepping down from his role at John Fredriksen’s main holding company

  1. Jaded Argentines brace for looming debt default

  1. VW set to overtake Toyota as global auto leader

Asia Pacific

  1. (Korea) – Collusion yet again in Korea: The Fair Trade Commission has imposed $424 million in fines on 28 local builders on charges of colluding on a W3.6tr state project to construct a bullet train network

  1. (Australia) – All ovens blazing in Aussie pizza wars; How can small pizzerias capture a slice of the market in the face of the major chains’ $5 pizza deals?

  1. (Korea) – If making investments in infrastructure in the North becomes possible, Korean companies must be the first.; Japan’s control of the ADB is apparent. Japan overwhelmingly won major projects

  1. (Australia/Commodities) – Aussie miners shift iron ore price in push back against China

5. (China) – Policy predictions even harder in China than in a democracy

6. (China) – China Said to Allow Five Regions to Create Bad-Loan Firms

  1. (China) – China Says Zhou Yongkang, Former Security Chief, Is Under Investigation

  1. (China) – Zhou Yongkang: Oil man whose well of power finally ran dry; No safe haven in China’s corruption crackdown

  1. (Msia/Healthcare) – Malaysia tries to parlay appeal to Muslim visitors into medical tourism push

  1. (China) – BBC profile of China’s Billionaire Ex-National Security Chief Investigated For “Serious Disciplinary Violation”

  1. (HK) – Is Hong Kong-US Dollar Link About To End? HKMA Buys $715 Million To Support Peg

  1. (Australia) – Aussie supermarket retailer giant Woolworths trademark maps out financial services ambition


  1. The Cardinal Sins of Innovation Policy

  1. The Most Important Factor Of Startup Success

  1. Why Victorinox still screws with the Swiss Army Knife; Keeping sharp through constant innovation: “We Swiss live in a small country with no resources. In the good times we need to prepare for the bad times. Nature has forced us to use our brains.”

  1. Performance Niches in Trading: The Rage to Master; Greatness is a function of how we approach life; the rage to master is a form of obsession

  1. Entrepreneurs’ focus is on livelihood; Four out of 10 new businesses in Korea are started as a means to make a living|home|newslist1

  1. Poll: How introverted are you? The results

  1. How Old Industries Become Young Again: Five indicators reveal when your sector is about to be transformed by dematurity

  1. When the Caregivers Need Healing

  1. Just as Dangerous as We Think: “The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers About Danger and Death” is a kinetic trip through the percentages of risk and the primacy of perceptions

  1. The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers About Danger and Death

  1. Teaching Teaching: Teachers shouldn’t be learning on the job as they go

  1. When It’s Cool To Have Nothing: Living a stripped-down life with few possessions is becoming popular – but critics point out that getting rid of stuff looks is a status symbol only if you have stuff to begin with

  1. 6 Ways To Take Care Of Your ‘Mental Hygiene’

  1. 7 Timeless Lessons On Resilience From ‘Philosopher King’ Marcus Aurelius

  1. 3 Risks Every Leader Should Take: Be alone. Be misunderstood. Don’t be like everyone else

  1. Tom Hiddleston Sent An Amazing Email To Director Joss Whedon After Reading ‘The Avengers’ Script For The First Time

  1. Are superstar architects, who often work in cities they know little about, creating buildings that don’t mesh well with the surroundings?

  1. The Creative Art of Selling a Book by Its Cover

  1. To Optimize Talent, Sweat the Small Stuff; Lots of little changes aimed at enhancing employee engagement and mindfulness can create a big payoff

  1. The Dark Triad at work

  1. Debunking myths in revitalising Chinese languages


  1. Here’s what automakers have to gain from connecting cars to the internet; carmakers will be able to decide whether they really need to honor a warranty claim or whether the problem was the customer’s fault

  1. (China/Tech) – China’s Baidu follows Google steer with self-driving car

  1. (China/Tech) – UnionPay Said to Hand Payment Firms Hefty Fines over Illegal Operations; Companies were caught charging businesses less than the agreed-upon fees to attract users

  1. Facebook to shut down Gifts service in latest e-commerce shift

  1. Does Your Company Collect Data – Or Hoard It? At what point does a company’s data collection become self-defeating?


  1. L’Oréal make-up goes virtual for selfie age


  1. Drugmakers juggle non-core assets

Investing Process

  1. Polycentricity, Self-Governance, and the Art & Science of Association

  1. The Shorting Premium and Asset Pricing Anomalies






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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