Morning Bamboo Insight: 05 Aug 2014

Morning Bamboo Insight: 05 Aug 2014


  1. Big US banks shedding star financiers and traders

  1. For FedEx and UPS, a Cheaper Route: the Post Office; Agency Stretches to Handle Business From Express Couriers; Is the Price Right?

  1. Hedge funds eye a profit from European bank research retreat

  1. Why Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Is Clearly a Buy; At 1.35 times book value, shares remain attractive, especially with cash swelling to $49 billion

  1. Q&A: An African leader on why the continent could be the next great growth story

Asia Pacific

  1. (Isia) – Jakarta welcomes first ethnic Chinese governor

2. (China) – China Using Antimonopoly Law to Pressure Foreign Businesses; Experts Says Beijing Seeking Greater Sway Over Prices Paid by Chinese Companies and Consumers

  1. (China) – After China port fraud probe, messy legal fight chills metal trade

  1. (China) – Xi Jinping’s tiger slaying distracts from party infighting: Duowei

  1. (China) – The mysterious family of Zhou Yongkang

  1. (India) – India’s Toilet Race Failing as Villages Don’t Use Them

7. (China) – Mapping China’s Zhou Yongkang’s Web Of Power, Money, & Connections

  1. (Taiwan) – Taiwan Leaves Itself Behind; Ratifying a pact with China is the first step to diversified trade

  1. (India) – India vs. the World: Scuttling a WTO trade deal hurts the Modi government’s attempt to project a reformist image to the world

  1. (India) – Shares of India’s Syndicate Bank Fall After Chairman’s Arrest; Federal Investigators Say Sudhir Kumar Jain Accepted Bribes to Secure Loan Extensions

  1. (India) – Polaris Industries Throws Down Against Mighty Harley-Davidson; Company Tries to Grab Attention for Indian, Victory Brands at Sturgis, S.D., Motorcycle Rally

  1. (Spore) – Singapore Airlines jet minutes away when MH17 shot down

  1. (Spore) – Singapore contributed just S$227 million to Bosch’s total sales of S$18.3 billion in the Asia-Pacific

  1. (Msia) – The Malaysian equities market recorded a whopping RM13bil in net outflows of foreign portfolio funds over a 15-month period, and industry experts remain divided as to whether this negative trend will continue

  1. (Spore/China) – Singapore’s Great Sale That Wasn’t: China Tourists Stay Away; “We will never come here again to shop on purpose”


  1. Margaret Thatcher was renowned for surviving on just four hours of sleep a night, and now scientists may have found the source of her extraordinary ability

  1. 4 Ways to Retrain Your Brain to Handle Information Overload

  1. The Remarkable Legacy of Warren Bennis, A Leader Of Leaders

  1. Five Simple Ways To Bring Out The Best In Others

  1. World War I Centenary Marked in Liège; World Leaders Gather in Belgian City Where Fighting Started

  1. A Perfect Dose of Pessimism: A negative outlook at times can help you manage anxiety and stay healthy

  1. Singaporean founder of American food subscription service talks about the challenges she faced launching her startup in the US

  1. Great books remind us that our lives and collective history is more meaningful than the petty ambitions and bickering of leaders

  1. The Role Of Family In Good Education Is Really Important: James Heckman

  1. Winning Strategies For the Solution Economy

  1. Market Basket Shows the Best and Worst of Family Business

  1. Don’t Trust Your Company’s Reputation to the Quants

  1. Lafley’s P&G Brand Cull and the 80/20 Rule

  1. New Singapore: Grandma sleeps in TTSH Hospital’s corridor for 2 days

  1. Education no cure-all for bad decisions; Explaining how pensions work might alarm rather than empower


  1. (India/Media) – Indian media fret as conglomerate buys up major news channel

  1. (China/Tech) – Xiaomi Overtakes Samsung in China Smartphone Market

  1. (China/Tech) – SAIC, Alibaba developing internet-connected cars

  1. Why Standalone Apps Are Supposed To Fail

  1. (China/Tech) – Xiaomi transformed from a niche player into the biggest smartphone maker in China, seemingly overnight. How did that happen so fast?

  1. Chegg, dubbed the “Netflix of books” Finds Partner to Handle Its Textbooks; The move by Chegg is an attempt to answer investors who may be wary that its signature business is becoming obsolete


  1. (Consumer/Tech) – Can this startup kill off the supermarket? Farmigo, a small farm-delivered food service, has an audacious dream: It thinks it can help wipe out the likes of Kroger and Albertsons

  1. Procter and Gamble’s CEO is dismantling the behemoth he spent a decade building; “The problem is that focusing on fewer and bigger brands assumes that these will be the preferred choices for shoppers all around the world”


  1. (China/Healthcare) – GE’s expensive equipment weighs down rural China’s telemedical market

Investing Process

1. Research – The Geography of Financial Misconduct

  1. Research – History of American Corporate Governance: Law, Institutions, and Politics

  1. The mess behind Banco Espirito Santo and its €3.6bn loss: Unusual accounting practices and related-party transactions, including apparently overvaluing certain assets and selling debt to its retail-banking clients

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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