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
While appreciating the tranquility of the forest beside a stream, the wise and veteran samurai tells the young warrior: ‘If you sit by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by’ I’ve long wondered what this quote meant, but I think I’ve finally figured it out. It is a quote about … More Thoughts on the market selloff
Some of my best trades and investments since I started dabbling in financial markets came from investing in entire single countries that have fallen out of favour and holding them for a period of time until they become popular among investors again. What were some of them? My investments in Argentinian equities back in late-2015 … More Greece – turning the corner?
The Fourth of May is commonly known in modern day pop culture as ‘Star Wars Day’. It is a catchphrase among Star Wars fans and geeks, and they greet each other with the longer phrase ‘May the Fourth be with you‘, using ‘Fourth’ as a pun for ‘the Force’, which is the name of the … More Trade Deal? The Chinese may not fold yet
One of the best articles that I’ve read in 2018 was a Bloomberg piece I opened while commuting in the subway on a rainy weekday. Kit Chellel’s ‘The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code’ was simply breath-taking. It chronicles the life of Mr Bill Benter, a swashbuckling horse-racing gambler born in Pittsburgh in the United … More This Horse-racing gambler earned almost a billion – here’s what he can teach us
Last week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in the U.S. took the financial community by storm as its January policy update were seen by investors and market observers as an outright ‘U-Turn’. However, it may not be so. The most talked about was the change in the middle portion of the Fed’s statement during … More The Fed did not make a U-Turn
It’s time for a review of 2018, and I have to say that I managed to protect my capital (which is great and am fortunate) but I did not capitalise aggressively on opportunities that I was aware of. But for both Wall Street and Main Street and for investors who have to be invested from … More Reviewing 2018, & what’s next?
‘We, the Chinese nation, after fifty years of sanguinary revolutions and five and a half years of sacrifice in the War of Resistance, have finally transformed the history of a hundred years of the Unequal Treaties of sorrow into a glorious record of the termination of the Unequal Treaties’ ~ Chiang Kai-Shek, January 1943 Somewhere … More Trade deal or no trade deal? It does not matter…
MMT stands for ‘Modern Monetary Theory’, and it may be the next must-know term to know and understand before it becomes mainstream. OK, but what exactly is Modern Monetary Theory? The Roosevelt Institute published an article about it eight years ago, and it simply describes a school of thought in macro-economic thinking that revolves around … More If there’s one thing to know soon, it’s MMT
I follow a couple of macro investors out there and Mark Dow of ‘Behavioral Macro‘ is worth following. Dow was an economist with various stints in Wall Street institutions and even the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He currently manages a family office based out in Southern California. Futures Radio Show interviewed Dow at the beginning … More ‘Less about fundamentals, more about risk management’ ~ podcast with Mark Dow