Yang Wen-li’s Dilemma – Democracy, Revolutions & thoughts on Financial Markets

In Yoshiki Tanaka’s epic science fiction thriller, ‘The Legend of the Galactic Heroes‘, Yang Wen-li is caught between the horns of a difficult dilemma. Staring at the vast open space of stars from his flagship’s bridge, the awkward but astute admiral contemplates the never-ending wars between his home planetary system (the democratic Free Planets Alliance) … More Yang Wen-li’s Dilemma – Democracy, Revolutions & thoughts on Financial Markets

Weekly Observations: Central Bankers as Gamemasters

An excerpt from a week’s journal: 20 August 2018: Observations & Thoughts Today was generally a risk-on environment, with Chinese equity indexes leading the way in Asia Pacific (Japan and South Korea lagged). Indian equities continued to climb higher. The Yuan has also somewhat stabilised and has strengthened against the USD since last week. Chinese … More Weekly Observations: Central Bankers as Gamemasters

Weekly Observations

An excerpt from a week’s journal: Weekend 4 – 5 August 2018: Observations & Thoughts What a crazy week of a series of risk-off days. It’s time to reassess the macro liquidity landscape: US high yield bond credit spreads remain under control and are still relatively tight: The Chicago Fed’s ANFC Index is still at … More Weekly Observations

Homer’s Odyssey: a Lesson for Investors!

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!

Review of ‘Long & Short: Confessions of a Portfolio Manager’

Investor Lawrence Creatura recently published a book where he shared his insights from more than 2-decades worth of valuable experience. The author titled his book: ‘Long & Short: Confessions of a Portfolio Manager‘. Reading such books allows one to shorten the learning curve by learning from the experience of others, so I decided to give the book … More Review of ‘Long & Short: Confessions of a Portfolio Manager’

The Greenback’s bull run may not be over… yet

Year-to-date, the US Dollar has weakened against many currencies, including the Japanese Yen, the Swiss Franc and commodity currencies like the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Dollars. This weakness has led to some commentators saying that the USD’s rise since 2014 is now over. However, there exists a high probability that the greenback may roar back to … More The Greenback’s bull run may not be over… yet