The first half of 2017 is over, and my book remained almost unchanged from the end of 1Q 2017 to the end of June. I maintain my defensive stance, risking one-third of my usual sizing for any new positions and also gunning for lowly-correlated positions in terms of price structure as well as fundamental logic. … More 2nd Quarter 2017 Review & Strategy for 2H 2017
In April this year, local US media reported that the Kentucky Coal Museum is opting for solar power usage, in what may go down as an ironic and perhaps iconic twist in the history of fossil fuels and the global energy industry. 80 or so solar panels are to be installed, with the expectation of … More Time to bet against coal?
To understand the game of the financial markets, we need to understand the game masters The game masters are the central banks, as they directly influence the costs of credit in the financial and real economy, influencing the business cycles The ECB will gradually move to wind down its stimulus programme, but has to maintain … More Playing the ECB’s potential tapering?
At the height of the Industrial Revolution that started in the United Kingdom (UK), the railroads were once thought to be ‘game changers’. After the invention of the steam engine and the locomotive, railroads took off as they start to replace the traditional roads and paths of commuters. Instead of the slow and rather painful way of … More Why I Believe In Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain, but why I’m not buying now
The Quantum Group of Funds is one of the most successful hedge funds in history. Built by uberinvestor George Soros, it was only recently overtaken by Bridgewater Associates according to Institutional Investor. While he has since retired and transformed his firm into a privately-run family office, there is a tremendous amount that active investors can … More Lessons from Soros’ Quantum Fund! Part I
The Brits are officially leaving the European Union (EU), following the invoking of Article 50 and British envoy Tim Barrow handling a letter to the EU Council on the 29th of March 2017. An informative book on the subject is explored by Roger Bootle of Capital Economics, and I’ve found it to be highly instrumental … More Playing Brexit: Long Euro & short Sterling
Mr Lee Freeman-Shor from asset manager Old Mutual Global Investors once conducted an interesting exercise: He gave 45 of the world’s top investors capital to invest on the condition of just 1 rule – they could only invest in their 10 best ideas with the given capital. This exercise was done over a 7 year period spanning from … More A Great Book: Lee Freeman-Shor’s “The Art of Execution”