Morning Bamboo Insight: 19 Aug 2014

Morning Bamboo Insight: 19 Aug 2014


  1. Fears of Renewed Instability as Fed Ends Stimulus

  1. Inside the Dark, Lucrative World of Consumer Debt Collection

Asia Pacific

  1. (Asia) – Analysis: Promise of more keeps investors hooked on Asia’s frothy markets

  1. (Korea) – POSCO is moving to prevent any further rise of Hyundai Steel, an affiliate of the Hyundai-Kia motor group, and has found an ally in SeAh Besteel to boost its efforts

  1. (Isia) – Yudhoyono Delivers Swan Song to House Ahead of Independence Day

  1. (China) – China to audit government land income in corruption fight – paper

  1. (China) – China Fishes for Growth with World’s Largest Aquarium

  1. (Isia) – Indonesia Seeks to Cut Logistics Costs

  1. (India) – Indian Businesses Await Changes to Raj Era Labor Laws

  1. (Isia) – Editorial: Independence From Graft and Ignorance; For hundreds of years the Dutch colonial authorities taught Indonesia’s elite how to steal the wealth of their own people

  1. (Isia) – Sixty-Nine Years On, Sovereignty Still Eludes Indonesia

  1. (China) – Five Things China Hasn’t Changed In Five Years

  1. (Isia) – Indonesia Lawmakers Draft Bill to Slash Foreign Ownership of Plantations


  1. (China) – ‘Paris Syndrome’ Drives Chinese Tourists Away

  1. (China) – Between Truth and TV: China’s New Deng Xiaoping-Inspired Miniseries

  1. (Spore) – Singapore to Revise Parts of Pension Plan Amid Retirement Concerns; Government Wants to Give Pensioners More Flexibility in How They Tap Savings

  1. (China) – China Pushes Cleanup of Banks; Top Four Lenders Are Raising Capital and ‘Bad Banks’ Are Being Created to Absorb Soured Loans

  1. (China) – Chinese Officials Rush to Sell Luxury Homes Amid Corruption Crackdown; Real-Estate Agents Say Bureaucrats Are Selling Homes at Steep Discounts

  1. (China) – China Contagion: Diamonds & Wine Plunge To 4-Year Lows

  1. (Asia) – Across Asia’s borders, labor activists team up to press wage claims

  1. (India) – India’s Hindu nationalists tighten grip over ruling party


  1. No Rest For The Innovators

  1. 6 Things The Happiest Families All Have In Common

  1. Local comedians share about their battles with depression

  1. Swire Pacific Grooms Talent for the Long Term; Hong Kong firm, which controls Cathay Pacific, develops leaders with the next 200 years in mind.

  1. Books – Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny

  1. Henry Miller on Turning 80, Fighting Evil, And Why Life is the Best Teacher

  1. 21 of Bill Clinton’s Favorite Books

  1. Building Blocks and Innovation; Most innovation comes from combining well-established building blocks in new ways; “For most who are heavily engaged in creative activities, metaphor and model lie at the centre of their activities.”


  1. Reprogramming Government: A Conversation With Mikey Dickerson who helped build Google’s computer systems. Now he’s in Washington, tasked with remaking the way the government uses computers and how citizens engage with it online

  1. For ‘Big Data’ Scientists, Hurdle to Insights Is ‘Janitor Work’; The analysis of giant data sets promises unique business insights, but much manual effort is still required to prepare the information for parsing

  1. In Silicon Valley, Mergers Must Meet the Toothbrush Test; Companies like Google, Facebook and Cisco Systems are using internal teams to handle most acquisitions instead of relying on Wall Street bankers

  1. Can Bigcommerce become the next big name in e-commerce?

  1. Following an unprecedented series of spinoffs by major US media companies, the print news industry now faces a rocky future without financial support from deep-pocketed parent firms


  1. (Korea/Consumer) – Private equities have hearty appetite for Korean food companies

  1. (Japan/Consumer) – From cradle to grave, Japan’s Kewpie adapts menu to feed ageing nation

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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