Morning Bamboo Insight: 09 Aug 2014

Morning Bamboo Insight: 09 Aug 2014


  1. Once Flashy, Hedge Funds Now Seen as Staid but Consistent

  1. Boeing, United Technologies Stockpile Titanium Parts; U.S. Firms Amass Reserves in Case Ukraine Tensions Affect Russian Titanium Producer

  1. Saudis have lost the right to take Sunni leadership; The kingdom spews out the corrosive poison that helps fuel religion-based fanaticism

  1. Viking raiders will bring Norse sense to company votes; Norway’s oil fund readies a raid against complacent boards

  1. Practice makes imperfect: Even experienced fund managers don’t beat the market

  1. Tilted marine: New techniques show the damage done by subsidies at the heart of global trade

Asia Pacific

  1. (India) – In cat-and-mouse game, India uncovers new gold smuggling route

  1. (China) – China’s “Prelude To A Storm” As Record Private Bonds Mature

  1. (India) – Modi sympathizers among India’s public intellectuals are penning columns oozing disappointment

  1. (China) – Luxury brands ditch Shanghai Bund

  1. (HK) – Hong Kong tycoon Albert Yeung cleared to sue Google over ‘triad’ link

  1. (China) – In China, Writers Don’t Need Books to Make Big Bucks; Some of Country’s Highest-Paid Authors Write Online-Only Novels Catering to Young Males

  1. (China) – M&M’s Rides the Chocolate Wave in China; Mars Inc. to Open Candy Tourist-Attraction Store in Shanghai for Its Popular Brand

  1. (Msia) – Bursa Malaysia has publicly reprimanded and imposed a RM500,000 fine on Melvin Yap Han Khoon and ordered him to be struck off as a trader for engaging in manipulative dealing activities in three securities

  1. (Isia) – Can Indonesian Leadership Change Turn the Tide on Resource Nationalism?

  1. (Spore) – 49 years of Singapore’s successes through risks; Republic must continue to manage risks to achieve next phase of growth, safeguard future

  1. (China) – China universities’ tuition fees see first hike in 10 years

  1. (China) – Upstart in China Rides High on I.P.O. Crest

  1. (Korea) – “Inefficient politics bother economic growth”; Korea’s politics characterized by inefficiency and fighting is the largest stumbling block that blocks the nation’s economic reform

  1. (Taiwan) – Two Taiwanese tycoons brought down by ethics issues: Farglory chairman Chao Teng-hsiung and Yuanta chairwoman Judy Tu

  1. (China) – Tight credit means losses for SMEs in China’s paper industry

  1. (Spore) – Remuneration of Temasek-GIC vs Norwegian sovereign wealth fund

  1. (Thai) – Thailand’s political future: Five hundred days of dictatorship

  1. (Japan) – After shopping spree, Japanese trading houses take hard look at resources

  1. (China) – Erasing the Memory of China’s Currency Swoon


  1. Navigating Innovation’s Perilous First Mile

  1. Three Secrets of Organizational Effectiveness: How the practices of “pride builders” can help you develop a high-performance culture

  1. Does Your Company Keep Its Promises? Despite best intentions, many businesses struggle with “commitment drift.”

  1. Should Leaders Be Heroes or Relationship Builders?

  1. Lead by Doing, Not by Delegating

  1. Why Christ, Mao And The Buddha Are Making A Comeback In China

  1. Why implementation matters: How important is the way you implement a major change effort? We surveyed more than 2,000 global executives to find out-and to learn from the best

  1. Is Your Company Addicted to Value Extraction? Is your company focused on creating value – or on siphoning it off from others?

  1. The Best Leaders “Talk the Walk”

  1. How Urban Ladder climbed atop the furniture business; By scaling down before they scaled up, the two-year-old Urban Ladder has climbed to the top of India’s online furniture retail market

  1. Craig Hanson: Great Entrepreneurs “Simply See Things Differently.”

  1. The wisdom of less: How Procter & Gamble can grow by shrinking

  1. How David Prior grew yoghurt brand five:am to an $80m company in five years

  1. Introspective or Narcissistic?

  1. Reforming Leviathan: Mandarin lessons; Governments need to rethink how they reward and motivate civil servants


  1. Butt batteries: Scientists store energy in used cigarette filters

  1. (China/Tech) – China Cracks Down on Messaging Apps; China Says Rules Aim to ‘Help Build a Clean Cyberspace’ and Safeguard National Security

  1. Netflix now has more subscription revenue than HBO

  1. (Korea/Tech) – South Koreans Less Willing Than Chinese to Pay for Smartphone Games

  1. Plot Thickens as 900 Writers Battle Amazon

  1. (China/Tech) – Alibaba’s IPO May Herald the End of U.S. E-Commerce Dominance

  1. (China/Tech) – Xiaomi creative destruction may reach beyond China; Xiaomi’s frugal yet funky model may ultimately succeed only in making the smartphone industry a more competitive – and less lucrative – business

  1. No IPO Needed: Rocket Internet’s Samwer Brothers Become Billionaires On PLDT Investment


  1. Italian Coffee Producer Massimo Zanetti Seeks to List Shares

Investing Process

  1. In search of the world’s best investment advice


  1. The GMO Fight Ripples Down the Food Chain; Facing Consumer Pressure, More Firms Are Jettisoning GMOs From Their Foods

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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