Billionaire investor Howard Marks is one of those rare people whose words pack a rare combination of wisdom and elegant common sense. When he speaks, both Wall Street and Main Street listens. He is most well-known for his letters to his clients, affectionately known as the ‘Oaktree Memos’, which have been compiled into a book … More Want to become a successful investor? Howard Marks explains how!
The Japanese have a term to describe the effort of continuous improvement for the better: 改善 (pronounced ‘Kai-zen’) That’s what exactly what I need to do. Ever since I decided that I wanted to be a successful macro investor, I’ve embarked on my never-ending journey, climbed mountains and went through valleys, sought out the sages, … More 3rd Quarter 2017 Review: Time for Kaizen!
I recently attended a forum organised by the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and SmartKarma, where an interesting guest speaker was invited for a keynote address. Dr Jim Walker of Asianomics, a witty Scottish economist based in Hong Kong who speaks with a semi-thick Scot accent, delivered an insightful presentation regarding the future prospects of Southeast Asian … More Dr Jim Walker’s thoughts, & observations from Penang…
While I was serving my term of mandatory military service in the Singapore Armed Forces, I read a piece of classical Western literature that was breathtaking in its scope and entirety. ‘The Odyssey’ from the Greek poet Homer captivated my imagination of a world of brave warriors, spectacular battles, treacherous seas, and perilous journeys across … More Homer’s Odyssey: a Lesson for Investors!
In the first article of this series, we covered the philosophy and mindset of Soros’ Quantum Fund. We learnt about (i) Soros’ belief of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, (ii) his attitudes towards risks (that its omnipresent and has to be managed in relative and subjective degrees), and (iii) his ruthless obsession about the bottom line. In this … More Lessons from Soros’ Quantum Fund! Part II
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
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