Bamboo Innovator Daily Insight: 17 Jan (Sat) – When Stress Rises, Empathy Suffers


When Stress Rises, Empathy Suffers: WSJ

Split in Fortunes Stalks U.S. Schoolchildren; Kids born to middle and lower-income families could find it harder to catch up in later life as wealthier children enjoy ever larger advantages. Bloomberg

How to go from start-up to global phenomenon: Q&A with DocuSign’s Tom Gonser: Hire crazy people: Fortune

Prime time for Woody: An Amazon TV series is the latest project for the 79-year-old comic with a relentless work ethic: FT

Van Gogh failed as an art dealer, dropped out of divinity school and was deemed too zealous to be a missionary. At 27, he took his brother’s advice and became a painter: WSJ

What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: HBR

Why Hitler Wished He Was Muslim: The Führer admired Atatürk’s subordination of religion to the state—and his ruthless treatment of minorities. WSJ

Investing Process

Can investors judge chief executives’ performance? How to assess company leadership: FT

Greater China

Hong Kong still competitive despite Li Ka-shing’s departure for Cayman Islands: SCMP

Cartoons Spoofing Corrupt Politicians in China Anger City: NYT

Xi’s advice to youngsters on dealing with stress draws debate: People

Good Times Are Over for Local Gov’ts; Debt has piled up and the property market is middling, meaning it is time for officials to return to the basics of budgeting: Caixin

In China’s Antigraft Campaign, Small Victories and Bigger Doubts: NYT

Chinese Mourn Leader, Ousted After Tiananmen, on 10th Death Anniversary: JG

Shenyang’s Oddball Architecture: Critics Call Buildings Like Pearl of the North Tower a Symptom of China’s ‘Edifice Complex’: WSJ

‘Little Emperors’ Wage War on China’s Deadliest Killers: Bloomberg


One of the highest accounting fraud in India since Satyam with Delhi-based Lilliput Kidswear put under liquidation; Bain brought action against EY for “fraud, aiding and abetting fraud, negligent misrepresentation”: VCC

How Kalanithi Maran lost SpiceJet; Ajay Singh and yet another set of investors try their luck at turning around an airline with an amazing history: Forbes

Gilead’s India Patent Snag May Spur Low-Cost Sovaldi Copies: Bloomberg

Japan & Korea

Japan Mints First Robot Billionaire: Forbes

Chaebols: King of the Conglomerates: Campden


Rupiah Drop to ’98 Low Puts Fund Managers on Alert; Lippo Karawaci, the nation’s second-largest listed developer by market value, has Rp10.1tr ($800m) of dollar-denominated bonds and reported Rp181.8bn of forex losses in 3Q: Bloomberg

Malaysia Is Asia’s ‘Undisputed Loser’ From Oil and Fiscal Cuts Are Looming: Bloomberg


Short Sellers Now Taking Aim at Emerging-Market Bonds: Bloomberg

Demise of Swiss currency cap predicted by lone forecaster in Texas: SCMP

Swiss franc shock triggers mortgage panic for wealthy homeowners; Here’s Why Losses Triggered by Franc-Cap Removal Were So Painful: Telegraph, Bloomberg

How to corner markets, Bitcoin style: FT

Swiss Franc Bets Turned on a Dime; Small Investors Who Juiced Bets With Borrowed Cash Got a Rude Awakening (Literally): WSJ

Surge of Swiss Franc Triggers Hundreds of Millions in Losses; Brokerage FXCM Gets Rescue Package; Deutsche Bank and Citigroup Suffer Big Hits: WSJ

Energy & Commodities

ASIC to crack down on miners’ dodgy overseas assets; failure of auditors to meet generally accepted auditing standards with respect to collecting evidence regarding overseas operations. AFR

Welcome to ‘Normal’ Crude Oil Price, Trading at 100-Year Average: Bloomberg

The Cruel Oil-Market Math Conspiring Against ETF Bulls: Bloomberg

Oil Export Myths: Lifting the ban will increase U.S. supply and energy security. WSJ


The Seed Bubble Has Popped: Techcrunch

E-commerce entrepreneurs tap growing S-E Asia demand: TheStar

Hedge fund founder Chanos says shorting Intel shares: CNBC: Reuters


Tokyo scientists aim to make body parts with 3-D printer: JT


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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