Evening Bamboo Insight: 18 Aug 2014

Evening Bamboo Insight: 18 Aug 2014


  1. What’s the Key Economic Challenge of the Future?


  1. FASB Looks to Uncomplicate Accounting-A Little, At


  1. How Much U.S. Debt Does China Hold? The U.S. Isn’t Sure


  1. The recent move by Norges Bank Investment Management, one the world’s biggest investors that has access to Norway oil funds amounting to US$870bil, to be more transparent on its voting intention is something worth emulating


  1. “Soros Put” Rises To Record: Is The Billionaire Investor Betting On Market Crash?


  1. All tied up: Working capital management 2014




  1. Corporate founders battle boards to overturn forced exits


Asia Pacific

  1. (Asia) – Race- and religion-based politics slows Asia’s progress


  1. (Japan) – 20% in Japan willing to work under merit-based system without overtime pay: poll


  1. (Myanmar) – As Myanmar Opens Up to the World, Corporate Behavior Is Under Scrutiny


  1. (Taiwan) – Taipei City nixes 12-year education special exam


  1. (India) – Almost half of India billionaires’ wealth held by 5 tycoons


  1. (Isia) – Indonesian stock market not ready to join ASEAN Economic Community


  1. (India) – Honoring a Hindu God With Human Pyramids; India’s Supreme Court overturns height and age limits that a lower court imposed on a towering tradition


  1. (China) – China Issues Draft Rules for Property Registry; Registry Would Help Government Track Homeownership, Though Public Access Limited


  1. (China) – The Great Chinese Exodus; Many Chinese are leaving for cleaner air, better schools and more opportunity. But Beijing is keeping its eye on them.


  1. (Asean/Msia) – Malaysia is getting ready to chair Asean next year but the lack of awareness among all parties on what is in store for 2015 is worrying the Government


  1. (China) – Chinese Power Consumption Crashes: Lowest Growth In 16 Months, Tumbles 10% In Shanghai, As Much As 22% Elsewhere



  1. Can an Outside CEO Run a Family-Owned Business?


  1. Lesson from Kodak’s demise: Beware of outsourcing too much of your secret sauce


  1. Money Won’t Buy Your Kids a Future; It’s terrifying to send your kids out there in the world to take real risks with big potential costs. Unfortunately, it’s often even more dangerous to keep them “safe.”


  1. How my little book, The Hundred-Foot Journey, became a major Hollywood film produced by DreamWorks and Harpo Films


  1. In Life, Who Wins, the Fox or the Hedgehog?


  1. Booz Allen Hamilton CFO: Change or Fall by the Wayside


  1. Book Review: ‘The Organized Mind’ by Daniel J. Levitin; Our minds were designed to succeed in an environment utterly unlike the information overload we now face


  1. “Once you put people first and generate brand love, you’ll unlock the magic.” Unilever veteran’s own values gel with company’s mission


  1. Tan Sri Andrew Sheng: The importance of being moderate


  1. Buy bubbles, bet big and backache – Soros’s secrets



  1. For Its New Shows, Amazon Adds Art to Its Data


  1. (China/Tech) – Doubt Is Cast on Vetting of Deals by Alibaba; accounting issues at the film company recently acquired by Alibaba are raising questions about whether the Chinese e-commerce giant was overzealous with recent takeovers


  1. Wayfair, the home furnishings e-commerce site, is going public at 2.2 times sales and $2 billion valuation


  1. The sad devolution of Discovery Channel; Discovery’s shift away from fact-based programming is part of the much larger trend of American cable channels losing their identities


  1. Erdogan Compares Social Media to ‘Murderer’s Knife’


  1. (India/Tech) – IT-Savvy India No Longer Land of ‘Snake Charmers’: Modi; “Digital India is not an elite concept anymore. We have to take broadband connectivity to every village. We have to use this idea to revolutionize health and education


  1. (Spore/Tech) – Singapore start-up Bubble Motion, a voice texting service, has liquidated its business, in one of the more high-profile failures of the local tech industry


  1. (China/Tech) – Alibaba unit finds possible accounting irregularities



  1. Returning to Wal-Mart: Human Cashiers; Wal-Mart discovered after increasing the number of self-checkout systems that longer lines began forming at its staffed checkouts to deal with more complicated and time-consuming transactions


  1. Coca-Cola’s Monster deal turns founders into billionaires



  1. Pervasive Medicare Fraud Proves Hard to Stop


  1. (Healthcare/Tech) – Fedex faces a new charge of conspiring to launder money in a U.S. criminal case over the company’s drug deliveries for rogue online pharmacies despite warnings from law enforcement.


  1. How Agents Hunt for Fraud in Trove of Medicare Data; Law-Enforcement Officials Estimate Fraud Accounts for as Much as 10% of Medicare’s Yearly Spending


Investing Process

  1. Even Warren Buffett Gets Killed in the Stock Market


  1. Web of lies: How a Spanish tech star fooled the world; Gowex’s six biggest clients worth a combined 24.5 million euros in revenue were actually linked to Marugan or trustees used by Garcia Martin


  1. Why Your Cash Isn’t Trash; Cash isn’t just a return-free anchor on your portfolio. It does something other assets don’t: It lets you take advantage of future opportunities while avoiding undue risks now


  1. Qualified opinion raises questions



  1. Kinder Morgan CEO Wins Big in Deal: Richard Kinder stands to collect $467 million in dividend payments next year, if his company completes a complex deal to consolidate four related pipeline companies


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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