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Evening Bamboo InsightL 14 Aug 2014

Evening Bamboo InsightL 14 Aug 2014

Macro

  1. Investors in junk bond funds face a Matrix moment; Liquidity and pricing have become disconnected from reality

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e264f1e4-1ef1-11e4-ad93-00144feabdc0.html#axzz39wvzlxuq

  1. Small vs. Large Countries: Which Are More Successful?

https://www.credit-suisse.com/ch/en/news-and-expertise/research/credit-suisse-research-institute/news-and-videos.article.html/article/pwp/news-and-expertise/2014/07/en/the-success-of-small-countries.html

https://publications.credit-suisse.com/tasks/render/file/?fileID=1CC21D53-CD3A-CB77-C15AD96D67EE1210

  1. Traders brace for research crackdown as easy money dries up

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/10/us-brokerage-banks-regulations-idUSKBN0GA0ID20140810

  1. Calpers Rethinks Its Risky Investments

http://online.wsj.com/articles/calpers-rethinks-its-risky-investments-1407710758

  1. Yield Hunters’ New Tune Echoes Financial Engineering’s Past

http://online.wsj.com/articles/heard-on-the-street-yield-hunters-new-tune-echoes-financial-engineerings-past-1407697786?mod=_newsreel_3

Asia Pacific

  1. (Msia) – Malaysia Builders Hit by Tax Amid Worst Slump Since 1998

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/malaysia-builders-hit-tax-amid-worst-slump-since-1998/

  1. (Taiwan/China) – Taiwan and China are expected to resume negotiations on reaching a merchandise trade agreement by the end of August, amid hopes of catching up with similar progress made between the mainland and South Korea

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140809000103&cid=1201

  1. (China) – Michael Pettis On The Political Upheaval In China

http://www.valuewalk.com/2014/08/michael-pettis-political-upheaval-china/

  1. (Msia) – Toll hike: Johor leaders fear impact on Iskandar

http://transport.asiaone.com/print/news/general/story/toll-hike-johor-leaders-fear-impact-iskandar

  1. (China) – Food and flirting; how firms learn to live with China antitrust raids

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/10/us-china-antitrust-raids-idUSKBN0GA0UX20140810

  1. (HK) – High-End ‘Micro-Flats’ Latest Trend for Hong Kong Home Buyers

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/property-business/high-end-micro-flats-latest-trend-hong-kong-home-buyers/

  1. (Spore) – Disclosing GIC’s returns in Singapore dollars will reveal its poor performance; Since March 2009, the US dollar fell 15%; an additional $101bn CPF, excluding tens of billions in reserves, was injected into GIC from 2008 to 2013

http://www.tremeritus.com/2014/08/11/disclosing-gic%E2%80%99s-returns-in-sg-will-reveal-its-poor-performance/

  1. (China) – China’s Energetic Enforcement of Antitrust Rules Alarms Foreign Firms

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/11/business/international/china8217s-energetic-enforcement-of-antitrust-rules-alarms-foreign-firms.html?ref=business

Life

  1. A Guide for the Perplexed: Mapping the Meaning of Life and the Four Levels of Being

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/08/05/a-guide-for-the-perplexed-schumacher/

  1. Books – A Guide for the Perplexed

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060906111

  1. Singapore succeeded in the early years because we had exceptionally bold leaders, who were unafraid of taking risks and learning from their mistakes as they fought against major odds to survive and prosper.

http://news.asiaone.com/print/news/singapore/big-idea-no-7-be-bold

  1. Taking A Wait-And-See Approach With Disruptive Innovations

http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/08/taking-a-wait-and-see-approach-with-disruptive-innovations/

  1. Keys to Mastery; Great learners are captivated by the process of getting better; the struggle and work itself is rewarding in its own right. As they move closer to mastery, they are more fascinated by a focus on simple fundamentals

http://adamhgrimes.com/blog/keys-mastery/

  1. Books – The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/052595418X/

  1. The Common Pattern To Procrastination

http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/the-common-pattern-to-procrastination/

  1. The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0061703621

  1. Here’s An Easy Way To Get People To Pay You More

http://www.businessinsider.sg/charge-more-freelancing-2014-8/#.U-bOV_mSxqU

  1. Lunch with the FT: Jefferson Hack, the co-founder of ‘alternative style bible’ Dazed & Confused who talks about his digital empire – and being inspired by Playboy

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/fc444a8a-1cab-11e4-88c3-00144feabdc0.html#axzz39wvzlxuqwa

  1. 4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

http://www.businessinsider.sg/strategies-for-remembering-everything-you-learn-2014-8/#.U-bQRvmSxqU

  1. No optical illusion: Obama balances world crises with golf, time off

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/09/us-obama-optics-idUSKBN0G90OW20140809

  1. 17 Small Productivity Habits

http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/habit-stacking/

  1. Richard Feynman’s Letter on What Problems to Solve: “No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it.”

http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/08/richard-feynman-what-problems-to-solve/

  1. The Ability To Focus And Make The Best Move When There Are No Good Moves

http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/04/the-ability-to-focus-and-make-the-best-move-when-there-are-no-good-moves/

  1. Honda’s global strategy? Go local.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/how-honda-makes-globalization-work/2014/08/07/b84f16be-1cd0-11e4-ab7b-696c295ddfd1_story.html?wpisrc=nl_head&wpmm=1

  1. Why CEOs swear by Swatches

http://fortune.com/2014/08/10/ceos-swatches/

TMT

  1. The World Of Everything-As-A-Service

http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/09/everything-as-a-service/

  1. Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley

http://www.businessweek.com/printer/articles/218325-arrogance-is-good-in-defense-of-silicon-valley

  1. Starbucks Secret Weapon Is Machine From Sleepy Swiss Village

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-08-05/starbucks-secret-weapon-is-machines-from-sleepy-swiss-village.html

  1. (India/Tech) – The Great Indian Smartphone Shakeout

http://forbesindia.com/blog/no-wires-attached/the-great-indian-smartphone-shakeout/

  1. IBM Develops a New Chip, Named TrueNorth, That Functions Like a Brain

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/08/science/new-computer-chip-is-designed-to-work-like-the-brain.html?ref=science&_r=0

  1. (China/Tech) – Alibaba Cleans Up ‘Gray Market’ for Some Prestigious Brands; Labels That Open Tmall Stores Get Help in Curbing Unauthorized Vendors

http://online.wsj.com/articles/alibaba-cleans-up-gray-market-for-some-prestigious-brands-1407699693

  1. (China/Tech) – Suit Against Alibaba Opens Window on Issue of Counterfeiting; Gucci’s Owner Said Chinese E-Commerce Firm Fostered ‘Army of Counterfeiters’

http://online.wsj.com/articles/suit-against-alibaba-opens-window-on-counterfeiting-allegations-1407714242

  1. Priceline’s Success Comes at a Price

http://online.wsj.com/articles/ahead-of-the-tape-pricelines-success-comes-at-a-price-1407693823

 

Consumer

  1. (Thai/Consumer) – How a third-generation young leader Rawit Hanutsaha revived the flagging fortunes of Srichand; Srichand’s turnaround owed much to Rawit’s decision to enter the modern-trade channel about five years ago

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/How-a-young-leader-revived-the-flagging-fortunes-o-30240671.html

Healthcare

  1. (Isia/Healthcare) – Indonesia’s largest pharmaceutical firm Kalbe Farma to start producing cancer drugs

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/08/09/kalbe-farma-start-producing-cancer-drugs.html-0

  1. The ‘bionic ear’: the couple who helped the world to hear: Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair hope to further advance their cochlear implant credited as the first device ever to replace a sensory organ

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/aug/10/bionic-ear-couple-hochmairs-cochlear-implant-innovators

  1. (Healthcare/Tech) – Talking healthcare tech with Humana’s CEO about the rise of big data and telemedicine and how it will impact your health care

http://fortune.com/2014/08/10/qa-humana-ceo-bruce-broussard/

Investing Process

  1. Capital Allocation: Evidence, Analytical Methods, and Assessment Guidance

https://doc.research-and-analytics.csfb.com/docView?language=ENG&format=PDF&source_id=em&document_id=1036635381&serialid=dS5DGgP0K8DZZDJ4Obe7o2c3tj9TdQfSLapezyCWcwg%3d

  1. 30 Years Of Accounting Lessons: Penman, Piotroski, Beneish, And More

http://www.valuewalk.com/2014/08/accounting-penman-piotroski

Commodities

  1. From ‘Mr Copper’ to Lord Farmer, metals trading legend becomes British peer

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/08/10/us-hedgefunds-redkite-farmer-idUKKBN0GA0XW20140810

  1. (China/Commodities) – Citigroup and Swiss-based trader Mercuria Energy Group are battling in a London court over payments relating to metals-backed financing arrangements in China valued at over $270 million

http://online.wsj.com/articles/citigroup-swiss-firm-wage-court-battle-over-metals-payments-1407715125

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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 (www.heroinnovator.com), 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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