Bamboo Innovator Daily Insight: 6 Jan (Tues) – The cleaner who soared to the board: How companies can recognise the hidden talents within their ranks; Forgiveness: The Least Understood Leadership Trait In The Workplace


The cleaner who soared to the board: How companies can recognise the hidden talents within their ranks: FT

Forgiveness: The Least Understood Leadership Trait In The Workplace: Forbes

Elon Musk Uses This Ancient Critical Thinking Strategy To Outsmart Everybody Else: BI

By creating a mission statement people can begin to identify the underlying causes of behaviors, as well as what truly motivates them to make changes: NYT

The Problem With Meaning: Our fuzzy modern idea of “meaning” is a poor substitute for real moral architecture: NYT

Britain’s 27 most disruptive entrepreneurs of 2014: Telegraph

Start strong or end strong? The public speaker’s dilemma: FT

A false history supports the jihadi myth; Extremist interpretations of Middle Eastern history promote narrow-mindedness: FT

The Isis economy: Meet the new boss; Signs of discontent are evident across the ‘caliphate’ as people tire of its taxes, price caps and shoddy services: FT

Two men have been arrested for allegedly conspiring in a $110 million home loan fraud against a collection of Australia’s biggest banks. TheAge

Volcanic eruptions are among the earth’s most cataclysmic events, but scientists are often reduced to analyzing possibilities within possibilities when making forecasts. The truth is, no one really knows for sure what will happen: NYT

Patient, Heal Thyself: ‘The Patient Will See You Now’ Envisions a New Era of Digitally Perfected Care: NYT

How Divesh Makan gained entry into Zuckerberg’s inner circle: Forbes

How A Comic Book Nerd Became Bond Buyers’ Best Friend; Covenant Review’s Adam Cohen admits that he obsessively read “The Dark Knight Returns” before every exam he took in law school: Forbes

Does focusing too much on the story of social good behind a business hinder long-term success? FP

‘Heartware’ crucial in tackling disasters: TheStar

“I think each language has a certain way of seeing the world. If you speak one language then you have a different way of analyzing and interpreting the world than the speaker of another language does.” : Babbel

CFOs Delve Into the Trenches of Operations: WSJ

Top CFOs Advise: Focus on Company, Not Numbers: WSJ

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Gets More Popular as Unapproved Treatment; Use of HBOT to Treat Autism, Brain Injury Is Growing Despite a Lack of Conclusive Evidence: WSJ

Investing Process

Warren Buffett, corporate raider: Quartz

A little-known Hong Kong-listed firm has come out of nowhere to become the world’s largest solar-power company by market value. A tight relationship with its parent company should give investors reason to worry whether its time in the sun will last. WSJ

Greater China

James Packer among billionaires hit by $100 billion Macau casino losses: TheAge

Founder Group executives held in graft probe following Zenith allegations that executives have committed insider trading, selling state assets, rigging stocks, as well as bribery and forgery of documents: SCMP

China’s largest airline has lost its chief financial officer as part of a widening investigation that has claimed four top executives over the past week: FT

Why Investors In China May Face A Bleak 2015; “This year, China will likely face the worst fiscal challenge since 1981. We believe this is the most important risk to the economy and one that is not well recognized in the market”: Forbes

China’s M&A mission to reach for the stars: FT

HKEx Jumps on Report China’s Li Backs Shenzhen Stock Link: Bloomberg

Explanation of China’s new shadow margin lending, made possible by a Jack Ma owned company: Chiecon

China’s Tencent launches private online bank: report: ChinaPost

Chang Gou: China’s first third-party payment company to go bust?: WantChinaTimes

How Internet Companies Disrupt China’s Secondhand Car Market: TechNode

Petco Removes China-Made Treats Amid Pet Sickness Fears: WSJ

Corruption in China: Does It Matter? JGlobe

“China’s fiscal slide” less fun than it sounds: FT

Xi’s Reform Gambit: ProjectSyndicate

China Property Shows Default Lines: WSJ

Chinese Gadget Makers Vie for Brand Recognition; Lenovo, Huawei Are Prominent Presence at CES, in Attempt to Raise Their Profile: WSJ

Tears ahead for China-driven milk boom in New Zealand: TheAge


CBI raids IRB Infra offices in Pune & Mum; stock tanks 10%: Moneycontrol

Has Bajaj Auto owned up to its strategic mistakes? With its market share falling from a consistent 24% a few years back to 18% now, it appears Bajaj Auto has decided to tweak its earlier strategy of focusing on select models: Moneycontrol

Japan & Korea

Japan turns to Supermums to revive the economy: TheAge

Samsung Electronics attempted to put a difficult year behind it and bring forward a futuristic vision of the “internet of things”, as it hunts for new sources of growth beyond smartphones and tablets: FT

South Korean households pile up debt: FT

Ikea transforms Korea’s local furniture trade; Differentiation is key to living with Goliath: JA1, JA2

Abenomics boost for Japan property shrinks back to Tokyo: Reuters

South Korea Gets Serious About Tackling Corporate Collusion: WSJ


Malaysia trims mega-project near Singapore, report says: FT

1MDB Didn’t Repay $563 Million Loan Due December, Edge Says: Bloomberg

GlobeAsia’s Man of the Year: Ahok, Indonesia’s Shooting Star: JGlobe

Unilever on the hunt for Singapore startups to mentor and partner: BT

Singapore Alert to Risks as Cracks Emerge for Junk: Asean Credit: Bloomberg

Philippines Urges Spending After China-Like Graft Chill: Economy: Bloomberg


Berkshire Soars as Buffett Shifts Focus From Stocks to Takeovers: Bloomberg

Here’s An Interesting Way Visualizing Bubbles Within The Stock Market: BI

Investors gave stock pickers a resounding vote of no confidence in 2014, pouring $216 billion-a record inflow for any mutual-fund firm-into Vanguard Group, the biggest provider of index-tracking products: WSJ

Companies must beware the dividend trap if earnings flag in 2015: FT

Brazil tries to fix nation’s ‘sugar daddy’ problem; Rousseff seeks to reform nation’s overburdened pension system: FT

Nine reasons why banking growth cannot be taken for granted; What if centuries of steady expansion in the banking industry were about to go into reverse? FT

Monetary activism is a virus that infects politics; Investors toast low rates with no thought to the repayment, writes James Grant: FT

The west has lost intellectual self-confidence; Faith in three props of post-cold war world – markets, democracy and US power – has faltered: FT

New hope and old woes as Detroit exits bankruptcy: AFP

Value Managers Root for More Market Turmoil : Bloomberg

Is Citi The Next AIG? ZeroHedge

For Bond Investors, Ignoring Expert Advice Has Been Profitable: NYT

NASDAQ to Buy Dorsey, Wright & Associates for $225M; DWA is a data analytics, passive indexing and smart beta strategies provider with 17 ETFs: ValueWalk


Self-made wealth in America: Robber barons and silicon sultans; Today’s tech billionaires have a lot in common with a previous generation of capitalist titans—perhaps too much for their own good: Economist

The World’s First Mobile ‘Superchip’ By Nvidia Is Insanely Powerful And The Size Of A Thumbnail: BI

Intel’s Impossibly Tiny Chip That Will Allow Super-Thin Laptops Has Finally Arrived: BI

Eye phone: How a TED Fellow’s new app could help restore sight to millions: TED

Start-Ups Aim to Break Down ‘Deep-Linking’ Walls Between Apps and Web: NYT

Scary new world of 3D print which will revolutionise war and foreign policy,not only by making incredible new designs possible but by turning the defence industry – and possibly the entire global economy – on its head. Times

Advertisers to get a glimpse of Apple Watch promise, challenge: Reuters

A Future for PCs? Acer’s Chen Is Betting Company On It: Bloomberg


Rise of superbugs and what we can do about them: KoreaTimes

Stop Subsidizing Big Pharma: NYT

Cancer’s Random Assault: NYT

Energy & Commodities

Saudi Arabia’s $750 Billion Bet Drives Brent Oil Below $54: Forbes

Revamped oil hedges may test OPEC’s patience: FP

The coming showdown between Canadian and Saudi oil producers on the U.S. Gulf Coast: FP

Oilfield Writedowns Loom as Market Collapse Guts Drilling Values: Bloomberg

Consumer & Others

The Rapidly Expanding Grocery Chain Aldi Is Shockingly Cheaper Than Walmart: BI

How Timberland used customer data to reboot its brand: WaPo

LG’s New Washing Machine Is The Most Exciting Thing To Happen To Laundry In Years: BI

Part Generation X, part baby boomer: why products do not suit me: FT

More than 1,500 jobs at risk after Bank Fashion collapses; Bank becomes first retailer since Christmas rush to collapse as pressure grows on high street: Telegraph

Bamboo Innovator Daily Insight: 5 Jan (Mon) – Madoff’s Little Helpers: At first blush, they seem like ordinary people who simply had the misfortune to work for a man responsible for the greatest fraud ever. But jurors were convinced that these five were the ones who made the Ponzi scheme work


Madoff’s Little Helpers: At first blush, they seem like ordinary people who simply had the misfortune to work for a man responsible for the greatest fraud ever. But jurors were convinced that these five were the ones who made the Ponzi scheme work: Forbes

Modern tech entrepreneur decries old way of learning and thinking; PayPal co-founder and fabled start-up investor Peter Thiel muses on why luck is not a good thing and why Silicon Roundabout is a bad thing: Guardian

Crucibles of Leadership: HBR

Charlie Munger: Adding Mental Models to Your Mind’s Toolbox: Farnam

What It Really Takes to Be an Artist: MacArthur Genius Teresita Fernández’s Magnificent Commencement Address: BrainPickings

What Does Science Tell Us About Teaching Kids to Think? One thing seems certain: Just giving out more writing assignments won’t do the trick: Atlantic

How Disneyland Is Like Apple: BI

More scrutiny needed of retail forex trading platforms; Bets sold as way to dodge investment doldrums and get rich quick: FT

Slog to become government cog is long, hard and centuries old: JoongAng

How To Stop Procrastinating: 4 New Steps Backed By Research: Bark

The best digital security is analog: expert: TheAge

Are Conspiracy Theories All Bad? The United States has a long tradition of conspiracy theories – a reflection of a widespread suspicion of powerful groups secretly undermining democratic society: NYT

For the Indie Writers of Amazon, It’s Publish or Perish: NYT

Launching free banking was a mistake, says ex Midland boss; Hervé de Carmoy, who ran bank after it introduced free current accounts three decades ago, says free banking is now a major problem: Telegraph

How to approach your own career like an entrepreneur: Fortune

In the new year, spend your time wisely: BT

Building points of access: The founder of self-service terminals provider AXS thinks three steps ahead so as to capitalise on the next generation of solutions. BT

Law-School Program Emphasizes Practical Skills: WSJ

Albert Einstein: “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” : TODAY

Bruce Lee on Self Regulation versus External Regulation: Farnam

If You Want to Meet That Deadline, Play a Trick on Your Mind: NYT

A CEO Way With Words: Techcrunch

21st Century self-help gurus go Desi; A small but growing tribe of Indian authors is writing self-help books that tout desi values as the key to success in the workplace, and in life: Forbes

12 Public Speaking Habits To Avoid At All Costs: BI

Greater China

China’s Cities Face Judgment Day on Debts as Costs Soar: Bloomberg

Securities and Futures Commission has spun out of control in the Moody’s Red Flags case; China was selected for the first market in which this system would be employed and the results showed a forest of red flags. SCMP

China’s crackdown on tax evasion to impact cross-border transactions; Multinationals told to be more cautious about intra-group transactions as Beijing imposes stiff measures against avoidance and evasion: SCMP

Hong Kong and HSBC under scrutiny as US cracks down on American tax cheats: SCMP

Hong Kong’s tycoons look to shake off a tough year; “Paying fees isn’t in their DNA — but they do love ideas” : FT

TCL may have acquired Palm: WantChinaTimes

China’s high-end tea retail sales take a nosedive: ChinaPost

Shopping by phone turns up heat in China e-commerce battle: SCMP

Falling Through the Cracks of China’s Health-Care System; Millions of Migrant Workers Can’t Pay Their Medical Bills or Tap Insurance Benefits: WSJ

China frees prices of commodities, services in fresh reforms: Reuters

Losses of over US$9.6bn were recorded for the Chinese government while operating the country’s expressway network in 2013, yet the 19 listed expressway operators actually recorded a net profit margin growth of 20.59%: WantChinaTimes

Alibaba’s Tmall growing out of Taobao’s ‘little brother’ role: WantChinaTimes


Narendra Modi pledges India banking shake-up: FT

India to Consider Holding Company for Government Stakes in Banks: Bloomberg

UTI Aims to Dispel State-Owned Image: Indian Asset-Management Firm Targets Listing in Return to Dominance: WSJ

India PM replaces Soviet-style planning body, aiming to boost growth: Reuters

Political Risk Rises in India: Indian shares could offer a bumpy ride if Modi’s agenda gets stretched out or substantially altered. Barron’s

Japan & Korea

Samsung fights ‘mid-life crisis’: KoreaTimes

Samsung Takes Google Software Challenge to TVs After Phone Flop: Bloomberg

The apparel industry plans to attach a special tag to “genuine” Japan-made clothing to differentiate items made with high skill from cheaper products made in China: JapanTimes

Behind the wheel: Honda thinks outside the box: Journalist Jeffrey Rothfeder goes behind closed doors in a bid to discover the automaker’s global recipe for success: JapanTimes


AEC will pose huge challenge this year: Nation

Pebbles in Jokowi’s shoes in 2015 : JPost


Chaos Rules at Russian Hedge Fund as Boss Vanishes; Blackfield Capital CJSC was one of Moscow’s hottest hedge funds, hosting glitzy parties and embarking on ambitious plans to expand to the U.S. WSJ

Permanent capital: Perpetual cash machines; Private equity and hedge funds seek never-ending supply of money: FT

Directors are still not properly policing corporate dangers; Study of audit committees shows slow progress on monitoring accounts and risks; Tesco’s accounting issues have highlighted the role of directors in spotting problems: Telegraph

Betting on Default: Speculation with derivatives is back, the kind of risky behavior that led to the last financial crisis. And Congress is enabling it by weakening Dodd-Frank: NYT

The centenary delusion: Asia in 2014 was not Europe in 1914 after all, but the echoes warrant heeding: Economist

UK financial watchdog doubles interventions: FT

US should enjoy afternoon sunshine while it lasts; In 2015 Europe will still be waiting for Godot while America copes with return to normality: FT

France’s 75% ‘supertax’ quietly dies with few mourners: AFP

Mutual fund fee reform coming in Canada – maybe sooner than you think: FP

Fed officials and economists are cautioning about potential turbulence as the central bank moves to raise interest rates this year for the first time in nearly a decade: WSJ

Energy & Commodities

After the oil price fall, is natural gas next? FT

Here Comes The Saudi Dynasty Succession Crisis: BI

Canada’s Richest Grain Family Betting on Rebound in Oil: Bloomberg


Investor rush to artificial intelligence is real deal: FT

Investigation Discovery Network Makes Crime Pay: NYT

The Future Of Digital Media In 2015: Techcrunch

How two entrepreneurs hope to push 3-D printers into homes and schools: FP

International CES: The Internet of Things Hits Homes: NYT

Big Banks Can Survive Mobile Ice Age; Mobile Technology Won’t Kill Large Lenders, but Smaller Ones May Struggle to Adapt: WSJ

The Race to Build Command Centers for Smart Homes; Nest Labs, Wink and Other Household Gadget Makers Vie for Space on Store Shelves: WSJ


Aging population lifts China’s medtech market: ChinaPost

Consumer & Others

Struggling supermarkets sitting on more than 1,000 acres of land; Food retailers building on just 6pc of land as falling sales leads to projects being scrapped: Telegraph

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