• oilrig
    07
    Sep

    Random Thoughts on Commodities

    The world has been hit with a sundry of cataclysmic activity over the past few weeks. Hong Kong hit with 2 major typhoons in a month, shutting down the stock exchange briefly, Southeastern US getting ripped apart by a multitude of cat 5 hurricanes, and of course, North Korea and their hydrogen bombs. Death and […]

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  • yurukyara
    05
    Sep

    My Partner, The Japanese Mascot – part 1

    It was summer of 2015 and I was in Japan drunk off the eccentric business lifestyle and loving every minute of it. At that time, I had a consulting practice and a bar in Hokkaido, a spa salon in Fukuoka, and was in talks to set up another company in Tokyo, requiring me to be in […]

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  • Shanghai Stock Exchange
    31
    Aug

    Closing Out a Bad Month

    Securities trading has been a major part of my life for the better part of the past 10 years. At times, it has been my sole bread and butter, helping me fund some crazy investments, ideas, projects, and adventures. The downside is the roller-coaster ride of emotions that comes with money, as one’s performance, like anything […]

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  • 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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