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
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
Political experts use the phrase ‘strong men era’ to describe the current political landscape. Everywhere across the world, authoritarian leaders have swept into power (or simply seized it) since the start of the current decade. In the US, Republican President Donald Trump is widely considered as a populist politician who has an anti-establishment leaning. His … More We’re in an era of ‘Strong Men’: 4 things investors must take note of
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!
In the Mediterranean in May 1954, warships of the Royal Navy gave a 21-gun salute to Britain’s new monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who was on-board the private vessel, the Royal Yacht Britannia, returning from a global tour of Britain’s realm. The ceremony was glorious, and was a demonstration of naval power reminiscent of the origins … More The End of Pax Americana?
Take a look at this info-graphic for a moment: It chronicles the history of the tallest skyscrapers ever built on earth. Now, look at the years they were completed. Notice anything interesting? Here’s a hint: historically, each new skyscraper coincided with the end of an economic boom associated with it… a hallmark that signifies the … More Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower -Tombstone of a hydrocarbon juggernaut?
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
“When I see memos from Howard Marks in my mail, they’re the first thing I open and read. I always learn something, and that goes double for his book” ~ Warren Buffett Howard Marks, investor, co-founder and chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, has compiled his letters, notes and thoughts of investment management over the years … More The Most Important Thing – A Review