Morning Bamboo Insight: 24 Aug 2014

Morning Bamboo Insight: 24 Aug 2014


  1. Scrabble strategy in expansion: Countries that have a greater variety of capabilities can make more diverse and complex goods, just as a Scrabble player who has more letters can generate more and longer words

  1. The Decline and Fall of Fund Managers

Asia Pacific

  1. (China) – China juices liquidity, and risk, at OTC exchange

  1. (Isia) – Foreign ownership in Indonesian insurance firms to be capped

  1. (Asean) – SOEs need more flexibility to compete in ASEAN single market

  1. (Asean/Isia) – Asean needs to be more engaged with Indonesia

  1. (Msia) – Don’t be fooled by the high trading volume in Malaysia

  1. (Msia/Isia) – Indonesia dream for Malaysia in jeopardy; Bittersweet experiences for Malaysian investors

  1. (China) – In China, Movies With Live, Pop-Up Comments; Will a new ploy lure audiences or wreck the movie-going experience?

  1. (China) – Shanghai Chocolate Factory Looks a Lot Like Willy Wonka’s

  1. (Myanmar) – Foreign Investors Rethink Enthusiasm on Myanmar’s Aviation Sector; ANA’s Cancellation of Deal With Asian Wings Exemplifies Fading Interest

  1. (China) – “Can you front run it? Sure.” New China Stocks Link Seen Carrying Risks; Mainland Rules, Technology Raise Concerns

  1. (China) – China’s Corporate Reform is Mixed Up; China is trying again to shake up its stodgy state-owned enterprises. Investors are right to ask whether these moves are truly transformative.


  1. What started to change in the 17th century was not technological or institutional, but change in the ideas about the dignity of commercial pursuits – a change in rhetoric, or words about economic activities

  1. Book Review: ‘Pericles of Athens’ by Vincent Azoulay; Thucydides praised Pericles for his ability to tame and control the wild beast of democracy

  1. New Ways to Predict Which Marriages Will Succeed; The More Subconscious Negativity in a Newlywed, the Larger the Decline in Marital Satisfaction Four Years Later

  1. Everyone’s an Amateur When It Comes to Negotiation; Executives Master the Art of Business Deals, But Some Don’t Bargain Well for Themselves

  1. 7 Things College Freshmen Should Do Right Now To Be Successful In Life

  1. What 13 Successful People Do Before Going To Bed

  1. 5 Inspiring TED Talks You Can Watch In Under 5 Minutes


  1. Outgoing SEC CIO Finalizes Big Data Platform

  1. Why Silicon Valley Will Continue to Rule the Tech Economy; Human talent and research and design labs are arriving to dominate the new era of devices.

  1. Apple iPhone 6 screen snag leaves supply chain scrambling

  1. Amazon Prepares Online Advertising Program; Retailer Developing Ad Sales Program in a Challenge to Google and Microsoft

  1. Here’s Proof That Every Startup Idea You’ve Ever Had, Craigslist Already Does

  1. (China/Tech) – Amazon takes aim at Chinese rivals in Shanghai’s free-trade zone


  1. Meet Mr. Frankenfood: Monsanto’s COO Brett Begemann, the son of a farmer, explains why genetically modified food is safe-and essential to feed a hungry planet

Investing Process

  1. Research – Charles Ellis: The Rise and Fall of Performance Investing$topic42%20

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

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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