• 170829104201-korea-missile-launch-tv-t1-exlarge-169
    30
    Aug

    Heading to Japan and Korea Amidst ‘Fire and Fury’

    I’m scheduled to go to Korea and Japan in a week. If North Korea continues at this pace, launching 4 missiles in 4 days, we should be at an all-out war by then. Northern Japan has been on lock-down since the missile launch yesterday, as its citizens are being told to hide out in bomb shelters […]

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  • laos
    29
    Aug

    Daylight Robbery

    I like to believe that people are generally good, and find more pleasure in helping others than doing harm. For the most part, I think that mindset holds true. I have seen more people go out of their way to comfort strangers than slap them in the face without reason. Experience in business, however, will […]

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  • Bangkok-Protests-Asoke-3
    25
    Aug

    Recalling The 2014 Protests in Bangkok

    I had just finished my gig at the financial services company, where my then-boss and mentor had relocated to Vietnam to pursue her dreams of world domination. My stock market investments were doing well, life was good, and I was looking for opportunities to invest in Thailand. Then the protesting began. The initial rallies were […]

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  • silom
    24
    Aug

    The Art of Exploiting Cross-Cultural Opportunities

    It was a hot summer, I was in my early 20’s and had just arrived to Bangkok from Tokyo. I was going to be in Thailand for at least a few years, and had received word from a friend that a friend running a financial services company was looking to staff up. Interested, I got in touch […]

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  • korea
    22
    Aug

    Investing in the Cosmetic Capital of the World

    I have been spending quite a few number of hours each day researching the business environment in Korea, as I prepare to meet some clients there early next month. Through my findings, I came across a cool VC platform on a government-sponsored site. The site lists a whole slew of start-up businesses in a wide variety […]

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  • portfolioupdate
    21
    Aug

    Reshuffling the Portfolio

    I stepped in today and bought some AMZN for the long term portfolio at $952.20. If there was any one company that could take over the world, it would be Amazon. I also added to IBM last friday at $139.70, lowering my average cost to around $145. The 4.3% dividend it yields at this level is very attractive, and […]

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  • uranaishininaru01
    17
    Aug

    Trend Predictions: Next 3 Years Out

    On occasion, it is good practice to step into your time machine and try to anticipate whats coming. The following is what I predict will happen between now and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Price of oil drops back below $35/barrel and North American oil companies begin defaulting on debt Sophisticated robots start to replace assistants/secretaries in […]

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  • reflection
    10
    Aug

    First Post: Reflection and goals

    Some many years ago, I was told by someone I respected to write a blog. Not for others to read it, but as a channel to write down ideas and to review things learnt and mistakes made. I tried a few times, but quit almost immediately each time. I failed back then to realize what my goals […]

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