Morning Bamboo Insight: 04 Aug 2014

Morning Bamboo Insight: 04 Aug 2014


  1. The hare gets rich while you don’t. Back the passive tortoise

  1. The world calls time on western rules; US and Europe face challenges over global governance

  1. Buyers of long-dated index-linked stock are guaranteed to lose money – or at least the purchasing power of their money, since the stock was sold on a negative real yield, the first time Britain’s Debt Management Office pulled this off

  1. Pension consultation is a boom industry in the making; New UK rules will drive more people to ask: ‘How do I get my money?’

  1. The Mars Bar index was invented to track inflation; Soft commodity prices have plunged in the past two years, with wheat down 30%. Cocoa is up 20%, but the chocolate cake is still 15% cheaper to make than in 2012

  1. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to emerging markets

  1. How the Gherkin was pickled: a tale of debt, risk and ambition; It is one of the world’s most instantly recognisable buildings and a symbol of the global dominance of London’s financial district. Now, it is the ignominious casualty

  1. Fairfax Financial and CEO Prem Watsa probed for insider trading

Asia Pacific

  1. India) – A down-to-earth industrialist takes on the Tata inheritance; The Indian group’s first non-family head must deliver

  1. (Thai) – Thailand’s ruling generals have come up a new way to deal with the country’s bulging stockpile of natural rubber: pave the roads with it

  1. (Philippines) – Philippines hikes interest rates, first time since 2011

  1. (Australia) – Macquarie Private Wealth: The silver doughnut that left a hole in investors’ nest eggs

5. (China) – Beijing Subway Fares Set to Rise as Gov’t Frets over Crowding, Subsidies; Experts say the move is necessary for safety and economic reasons, but it must be linked to reforms to operators and a more efficient bus network

  1. (China) – Well-Known Shanghai Businessman ‘Faces Embezzlement Probe’; Prosecutors link accusations against Wang Songnan to his time at Shanghai Friendship Group and Shanghai Lianhua Supermarket Holding Co. in the 1990s

  1. (China) – Land tax probe may collapse property market in coastal cities

8. (China) – Party elders divided on handling of Zhou Yongkang: report


  1. Science of brain signals opens new era for advertising

  1. Can you find founders before they know they are founders?

  1. The Dream Factory: How Putting Kids To Work Helps Them Stay In School; Southwire staffed a plant with troubled teens, who proved that hard work can overcome hard knocks. In the process they pioneered a model for education reform nationwide

  1. Billionaire financier Len Blavatnik’s bet on LyondellBasell has netted him a personal profit of nearly $8 billion. He says there’s more to come.

  1. The new way to learn? Brick by brick; Minecraft has made its way into the classroom with MinecraftEdu

  1. Daniel Pink’s 5 Clever Insights About Selling — And LinkedIn

  1. Wealthy families want three things. Objective advice, a stable relationship manager, and stability of ownership. The Houghton family of Corning, N.Y., is running its multifamily office like a co-op

  1. This Is Law School? Socrates Takes a Back Seat to Business and Techl data analytics and business acumen are part of the law school curriculum

  1. Here’s The Thing That ‘Lasting Love’ Is Really About: New research suggests that seeing love as a journey, rather than as a union of soul mates, could help people in how they deal with relationship conflicts

  1. Three Myths About the Brain

  1. Many Problems Lead to Thoughts of Suicide, Study Finds; Treatment of depression alone may not prevent many suicides among the elderly, a new study suggests

  1. Lunch with the FT: Xavier López Ancona; Over empanadas and steak, the Mexican founder of KidZania theme parks talks about consumerism, fun and his country’s ‘terrible’ image abroad

  1. Charity chief with a mission to transform medical research

  1. ‘Ming: 50 Years that Changed China’, at the British Museum; A look at a Chinese dynasty with telling parallels to today’s world

  1. Xaviel Niel, the telecom billionaire entrepreneur who has challenged the French establishment

  1. Nike CEO Mark Parker’s Success Secret: Doodling

  1. How 16 Of The Oldest Companies On Earth Have Been Making Money For Centuries

  1. Ryanair jester Michael O’Leary criticises chairman’s ‘dodgy dress sense’; A case of the highly paid pot and the kettle as Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary takes aim at chairman David Bonderman’s taste in music and fashion

  1. If You’re Always Working, You’re Never Working Well

  1. Businesses must have a system to manage risks

  1. Asustek Chairman Jonney Shih (施崇棠) keynote speech “Taiwan’s brand going global” pointed out that companies should take people, technology and business into consideration in order to become respected world-class enterprise

  1. Why Taco Bell shouldn’t call its workers’ “champions”; “Positiveness is self-limiting because it is constrained by structural inequalities in power: the paradoxical process of mgmt taking action to empower others is itself an exercise of power”

  1. Books – Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers

  1. America and the space race: A revealing new history of the Apollo moon landings holds lessons for today

  1. It’s gotta bee me: There is a lot of individuality in bumblebee colonies


  1. GoPro’s Nick Woodman On Life As Head Of A Public Company And Microsoft’s ‘Mistake’

  1. The $10bn birth of the trusted deletion industry

  1. Zillow and Trulia Merger: Marriage of Convenience; The merger of two real estate Web sites suggests housing’s recovery is peaking as home-price gains slow

  1. More Online Publishers Let Readers Fill the Space; Media companies are adding technology that allows readers to upload digital material like links, text or video with varying levels of oversight

  1. Amazon Wants Cheaper E-Books. But Should It Get to Enforce Prices?

  1. Pity the robot drivers snarled in a human moral maze; Robotic cars do not get tired, drunk or angry but there are bound to be hiccups

  1. (India/Tech) – Indian ecommerce site Flipkart raises $1bn which values the business at $7bn; Flipkart founders ready to ‘grow up’; Flipkart Vs Amazon: The great Indian e-commerce challenge

  1. Iliad founder sets off on $15bn US odyssey; Even the French elite hail Niel’s audacity on T-Mobile

  1. Here’s Why 3-D Printing Is Still A Niche Product In Enterprise

  1. There can be no monopoly on creativity and entertainment; Some argue that combining Time Warner and Fox will stifle innovation and creativity in television

  1. (India/Tech) – These four charts lend perspective to Flipkart’s ambition to be a $100 billion company

  1. The Billion-Dollar Startup Club

  1. GE brings the ‘Internet of Things’ to the factory floor

  1. People analytics: ‘Moneyball’ for human resources


  1. Global Fashion Powerhouses: Most leading fashion and lifestyle brands are owned by a handful of companies (Infographics)

  1. Up to 100 brands to go as P&G declutters

  1. Coke is about to start spying on your soda habits at home


  1. Start-Ups Work on Biotech Drugs for Pets; Entrepreneurs hope to develop innovative drugs for dogs and cats like those that have revolutionized the treatment of diseases like cancer in people

  1. Why Crucial Vaccines Are Sometimes Unavailable

Investing Process

  1. Research – The Multinational Advantage

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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