Evening Bamboo Insight: 06 Aug 2014

Evening Bamboo Insight: 06 Aug 2014


  1. Managers should ask themselves: what would Carl Icahn see?

  1. Germany seeks to limit investor protection to save trade deal

  1. Fund managers: Assets or liabilities? Regulators worry that the asset-management industry may spawn the next financial crisis

  1. FCA bans sale of financial product to retail investors for first time; City regulator uses new power to block contingent covertible securities, or CoCos, which it called highly risky and untested

  1. The inequality debate avoids asking who is harmed

  1. Corporate acquirors take early aim at their target’s investors

Asia Pacific

  1. (China) – Anti-graft campaign is not all it seems; Nature of Chinese justice undermines Xi’s corruption drive

  1. (Thai) – Thai junta bans computer game simulating dictatorship

  1. (China) – Investors Stung by Losses After Exiting Struggling Property Fund in China; Stake Bought for $120 Million in 2008 Recently Sold for Less Than $49.8 Million

  1. (Japan) – Toyota Steps Off Currency Accelerator; Profit Growth Slowed Sharply as Yen Stopped Falling

  1. (China) – Elites Tremble as Xi Cleans House; Even After Top-Level Takedown, Antigraft Purges Aren’t Losing Steam

  1. (China) – Profile: Wang Qishan, China’s anti-corruption tsar; ‘Chief of the fire brigade’: Mr Wang’s willingness to say what he thinks is what first endeared him to party leaders

  1. (Korea) – Part-time policy creates low-quality jobs in SKorea

  1. (India) – India Is Luring Real-Estate Investors Again; Stronger Economy, Political Changes Have Foreigners Returning After Financial Crisis

  1. (Korea) – Royce: South Korea’s Influence on Asia is Hard to Ignore

  1. (HK) – Royce: Hong Kong: A Rich Market for Long-Term Investors

  1. (Japan) – Royce: Why We’re Optimistic About Japanese Micro-Caps

  1. (Msia) – Bank mergers in Malaysia get difficult

  1. (Japan) – Corporate governance – The next catalyst for Japanese equities: Columbia Management

  1. Singapore Real Estate Billionaire Koh Wee Meng Seeks Safer Ground In Australia

  1. (India) – How SREI Infra recovered money from Kingfisher Airlines

  1. (Korea) – Major Korean conglomerates shy on dividend payouts

  1. (Asia) – Asia’s Next Crisis Is a Flood of Debt

  1. (Australia) – How Australia’s best mid-market businesses think and act global

  1. (Korea) – S. Korea manufacturing industry facing ‘perfect storm’

  1. (Korea) – Time to Take Down Korea’s Stumbling Giants

  1. (HK) – Confidence in HK’s mandatory provident fund schemes reached a nadir last month; 24 percent of the respondents, aged between 18 and 64, said they had “zero confidence” in the retirement protection scheme

  1. (India) – Confidence in India’s state lenders shaken by bribery scandal

  1. (Thai) – Thai unrest knocks GM off course in Asean

  1. (Korea) – South Korean Shipyard Workers Wear Robo-Suits For Super-Strength

  1. (Asia) – Innovation blowback: Disruptive management practices from Asia


  1. Wall Street CEO Gives His Employees 10 Life Lessons He Wants Them All To Learn This Summer

  1. 7 Management Strategies From Some Of History’s Greatest Generals

  1. For Honda, Waigaya Is the Way; At the Japanese auto giant Honda, unplanned, agenda-free meetings are ubiquitous and indispensable

  1. “Guardians of The Galaxy” Director James Gunn On His Path To Big-Budget Filmmaking: Remember Who You’re Creating For and Why

  1. In Canada, a Feud Divides the Irving Family Empire: A schism is growing within the once tight-knit and still powerful Irving family business

  1. Books – World Right Side Up: Investing Across Six Continents

  1. 11 Ways You Can Finally Stop Procrastinating

  1. ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Director Writes Awesome, Heartfelt Letter To Fans

  1. How to Develop Your Personal Presence on Social Media and in Real Life; Presence, a Mix of How You Look, How You Communicate and How You Behave, Influences Your Social Stature and Ability to Climb the Ranks

  1. Venture Capitalists Get Paid Well to Lose Money

  1. The Crooked Ladder: The criminal’s guide to upward mobility

  1. Rising Above Illness & Misfortune in a bamboo-thatched house

  1. How to build your personal brand, with Ogilvy & Mather chair Shelly Lazarus


  1. University students are cashing in on lecture and texbook notes by selling them online using a new service

  1. (China/Tech) – Alibaba Has a Computing Cloud, and It’s Growing, Too

  1. (Korea/Tech) – Samsung’s Cellphone Foothold in Asia Is Challenged; Local Carriers in China and India Outpace South Korean Technology Giant

  1. (Media/Tech) – Gannett becomes the latest media firm to split its print, TV assets

  1. (China/Tech) – China’s phone makers fear Qualcomm retaliation after probe

  1. The Dark Age Of Enterprise Software Is Ending

  1. Newspapers Press On, on Their Own: Gannett Is Latest Media Giant Splitting in Two, Separating Publishing From TV

  1. Shoppers Are Fleeing Physical Stores

  1. (China/Tech) – Alibaba and Tencent step up rivalry in apps market

  1. (China/Tech) – Continued rapid growth tests Xiaomi’s R&D strength; “Xiaomi now has an R&D team of 1,800 members, covering the fields of hardware, MIUI, cloud-end services, TV, set-top boxes, and e-commerce”


  1. Why Coke’s experiment with vitaminwater turned sour


  1. Christofer Toumazou’s ‘lab on a chip’ makes preventing illness possible; Greek-Cypriot engineer wins European inventor award for USB device that decodes patient’s DNA within minutes outside a lab


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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