Readings For The Week (24/9)

A bumper edition of readings and videos this week. Enjoy! “Without the prison, the beatings, what would I be?”: The Guardian interviews Ai Weiwei, the Chinese contemporary artist and activist. The college lecture is dying: First of a four-part series exploring the tech-driven future of higher education in America. The case for stock buybacks: Professor […]

Marathon Increases Li Ning Stake

Marathon Asset Management LLP (Marathon) recently added to its stake in HK-listed Li Ning Company Limited (Li Ning). According to a filing submitted to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on September 21st, 2017, the firm bought 2,579,000 shares on the exchange on September 20th at an average price of HKD 6.9469 per share (total consideration was ~US$2.3m). […]

RVAM: Corporate Governance Challenges In Asia

River Valley Asset Management (RVAM) have published their September 2017 newsletter, which is available here. RVAM is a Singapore-based boutique asset management firm (their flagship fund is the River Valley Core Compounding Fund, launched in 2014). The firm was founded by Homiyar Vasania, who was previously part of Morgan Stanley’s emerging markets investment team. In […]

Arisaig’s August Diary

Arisaig Partners recently published their investor update for August, which is available for download from their website. Their Asia Consumer Fund is now up 34.8% year to date. The latest letter includes commentary on their holdings in Bangladesh, China and South Korea. Some highlights below (paraphrased): Dali Foods: Strategy is to move its traditional, mass-market portfolio […]

Edgbaston Adds To Wasion

Edgbaston Investment Partners (Edgbaston) recently added to their stake in HK-listed Wasion Group Holdings (Wasion). According to a filing submitted to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on September 19th, 2017, the firm bought 522,000 shares on the exchange at an average price of HKD 3.5521 per share on September 18th (total consideration was ~US$238k). Following the purchase, Edgbaston’s stake in […]

Readings For The Week (17/9)

This week’s readings / videos include a talk by Michael Vatikiotis on power and conflict in modern Southeast Asia, a roundtable discussion on the future of bitcoin, the latest shareholder update from Symphony International Holdings, summary notes from the 2017 Delivering Alpha conference and an interview with Liu Qiangdong, the founder of Power and […]

Ray Dalio’s TED Talk

Ray Dalio, the founder and chairman of Bridgewater Associates, recently gave a TED talk on how to build a company where the best ideas win. In his presentation, he makes the case for using radical transparency and algorithmic decision-making to create an environment where employees can speak up and say what they really think. Dalio also […]