Evening Bamboo Insight: 30 Aug 2014

Evening Bamboo Insight: 30 Aug 2014


  1. Shekeled and bound: The strong shekel is hurting Israel’s economy more than the conflict in Gaza


  1. Global property markets: Frothy again; Easy money is inflating house prices across much of the globe


  1. Fluid dynamics: America’s famously flexible labour market is becoming less so


  1. Popping property bubbles: Choosing the right pin; House prices in Europe are losing touch with reality again. Deflating the bubbles will not be easy


  1. Changes in Digital Television Are Model for Economy Itself


Asia Pacific

  1. (Japan) – Japan’s bond market: Quantitative freezing; Japanese bond traders say the central bank is stifling their market


  1. (China) – Fixing China Inc: Reform of state companies is back on the agenda


  1. (Spore) – Bank loans may have lower interest rates than Housing Board loans at the moment, but the fear that rates may rise has prompted more Singapore flat buyers to opt for the board’s fixed concessionary loans.


  1. (China) – China’s Toilet Paper Makers Flush With Cash


  1. (Korea) – S. Korea gripped by ‘special syndrome’; mistrust and discontent with the system cause demand for special measures


  1. (China) – Pester power drives lucrative market for children in China


  1. (China) – Executives of state enterprises in five of China’s major industries may take up to a 50% cut in their pay should a report alleging the government’s decision to place a salary cap at 600,000 yuan (US$97,500) a year turn out to true


  1. (China) – Li Xiaolin, daughter of former Chinese president Li Xiannian



  1. Using Gambling to Entice Low-Income Families to Save; A growing number of credit unions and nonprofit groups are using lotteries to encourage low-income families to save.


  1. How the internet forces us to choose between science and religion


  1. Students reveal 50 most useful skills picked up at university in poll


  1. Paul Graham on Money vs. Wealth; Debunking the pie fallacy, or why there’s more to success than giving people what they want.


  1. Cultural Realities Of Latin American Entrepreneurship


  1. When to Trust Your Gut


  1. Two Things I Learned From Reading Jim Manzi’s Uncontrolled


  1. Why Successful Entrepreneurs Are Effective Delegators


  1. Darwin’s Battle with Anxiety


  1. The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine


  1. How Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, And Other Self-Made Billionaires Got Their Big Break


  1. Martin Wolf’s ‘The Shifts and the Shocks’; The Nobel laureate applauds a new analysis of the financial crisis by the FT’s chief economics commentator



  1. In E-Sports, Video Gamers Draw Real Crowds and Big Money; Professional video gaming is becoming a worldwide spectator sport offering big prizes to competitors and helping the game industry gain even greater cultural and economic clout


  1. Is Owning Overrated? The Rental Economy Rises


  1. Five Factors In Building Giants Of The Big Data Era


  1. How Siri’s Founders Could Have Built The Next Google


  1. The Man Who Created Google Maps And Facebook’s ‘Like’ Button Is Building A Google Docs and Microsoft Word-Killer


  1. (China/Tech) – The Key Differences Between Alibaba And Amazon In One Chart


  1. (China/Tech) – ‘Brushing’ casts doubt on Alibaba figures; ‘Brushing’ essentially consists of creating fake orders – the merchant sends out an empty box or delivery envelope accordingly, but refunds the money paid by the ‘purchaser’.


  1. (China/Tech) – Alibaba to test home textile ‘try-before-you-buy’ sales



  1. No Canvas, No Leather: A Reboot for the Sneaker; Unconventional footwear materials, like Tyvek, are offering a new take on the minimalist shoe trend


  1. (China/Korea/Consumer) – Korean coffee shops moving into China challenge Starbucks


  1. Tim Hortons takes on the world: How going global could change the soul of Canada’s coffee chain; Burger King will turn Tim Hortons into ‘iconic global brand,’ Miles Nadal says




  1. End-of-Life Talks May Finally Overcome Politics; Medicare may cover advance care planning that was once decried as “death panels,” and some private insurers are not waiting for the political process


  1. Thermo Fisher: Riding the Research Boom; nearly three-quarters of the company’s revenue comes from services and consumables, recurring sources that carry higher profit margins than lab equipment


Investing Process

  1. Superstitious investors: Black-cat market; Irrational investment habits lead to lower returns


  1. RV Capital On The Bullish Case For BETT AG



  1. Buffett’s investment by moat strategy gets a book


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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