Kent Lee

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Four British Crowdfunders Leading The World In Equity Capital

On a global scale, the crowdfunding sector continues to go from strength to strength, but in one particular niche of the industry, Britain has a genuine claim to be a world leader. It remains one of only a handful of markets where equity-based crowdfunding is thriving.<p>In part, that reflects the …

Myanmar Enters A Critical Transition

In the run-up to next year’s elections in Myanmar, the country finds itself at a crucial transition. While there is general consensus that the current reforms have set in motion a political liberalization process that would be nearly impossible to reverse, it must also be said that the popular …

Reflecting On Myanmar's (Burma's) Future

When it comes to covering Frontier Market investing, there are always the current hot countries. Myanmar (formerly and still to many, Burma) is at this crossroads and may hold hot country status for a run of several years because the hopes for the country are high and the timeline to unlock the …

Emerging Asia's Grocery Challenge

These would seem like the best of times for the grocery business in emerging Asia.<p>Home to about 44% of the world’s population, Asia’s emerging markets boast macro trends that would delight any retailer: healthy GDP growth, a rapidly rising middle class and populations that are steadily moving into …

10 Phrases You Use That Are Killing Your Business

Words are interesting means of communication. Even under the best of circumstances with the most knowledgeable wordsmiths involved, a simple conversation can result in a disastrous misunderstanding. Sometimes the tools we use to transmit are at fault. Tone can get lost via email. Words can be hard …

Entrepreneur's Social-Media Site Tailor-Made for Myanmar

Myanmar moved a step closer to a first world telecoms infrastructure late last month when Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo finalized licenses that are likely to dramatically increase mobile phone use in the nation.<p>The news wasn’t lost on Rita Nguyen, a 37-year-old Vietnamese-Canadian who has …

Why Singapore's Stock Market Is At A Critical Juncture

In my last chart analysis of Singapore’s Straits Times (STI) stock index, I showed how it broke below its key technical support levels, which means that another wave of the bear market is likely to occur in the near future. Singapore’s recent stock market breakdown occurred a few days after I …

Malaysia's Teh Kiak Seng Builds Affordable Housing

<b>By Noelle Lim</b><p>At 63 Teh Kiak Seng still wakes up early in the morning to inspect the construction projects of his company, Tambun Indah. The low-profile property outfit in Malaysia’s Penang state emerged as one of the Forbes Best Under A Billion smaller firms in 2013. From 2007 to 2012 its revenue …

Why Singapore's Bear Market May Have Just Begun

Last week, I wrote a piece in which showed that Singapore’s Straits Times (STI) stock index was hovering above an important technical support level that needed to hold to avert a serious decline, including a likely bear market. I also showed several other technical warning signs that I said made …

The Golden Hour For The Golden Land: Myanmar's Need For U.S. Public-Private Partnerships

Recently in Yangon, over a hundred youth representing every region and ethnic minority in Myanmar participated in their first “Tech Camp,” a U.S.-government sponsored conference on using technology to tackle critical challenges. Among the attendees were Chit Ko Ko Win and Ethan Kurt, two Myanmar …

Meet Jesse Cohn, The 33-Year-Old Hedge Fund Investor Laying Siege To Silicon Valley

In 2006, a 26-year-old senior tech analyst at a hedge fund walked into the office of a stressed out Harry Knowles and told the then 76-year-old CEO of Metrologic Instruments that he needed to sell the bar-code scanning systems maker he founded to a private equity firm. The hedge fund that employed …

How To Trade Singapore's Stock Market In This Panic

Singapore’s financial markets have been shaken in the past few weeks along with many other Asian and emerging markets. Interestingly, Singapore’s rout began just days after I published my report about Singapore’s bubble economy (I’m not saying that it was the reason for the decline).<p>In my last …

Why Southeast Asia's Boom Is A Bubble-Driven Illusion

Since the Global Financial Crisis, Southeast Asia has been one of the world’s few bright spots for economic growth and investment returns. With its relatively young population of 600 million and its growing middle class, Southeast Asia has been the scene of a modern-day gold rush as international …

The Buzz About Myanmar's Future Prosperity With Oliver Belfitt-Nash

Oliver Belfitt-Nash provides candid free news and analysis on the countries where he resides. In his previous job at Monet Capital in Mongolia, he was an early voice in making investors aware that the market would be receding in 2011 and 2012. He now works for Ronoc – an Irish firm focused on …

China's Debt: How Serious Is It?

In a report ordered by China’s State Council last June, the country’s National Audit Office reported in December that the debts of China’s local governments had increased to RMB 17.9 trillion ($3.0 trillion) by the end of June 2013. This amount, which includes contingent liabilities and debt …

Want Cheap Stocks? Think Frontier Markets

People go to a retail store searching for bargains. If an item is priced at a 50% discount, they might buy it or search a nearby store or online to see if they can get it even cheaper. If a store has a closing down sale, crowds often turn up in droves. Others sometimes do extensive searches for …

Mega Default In China Scheduled For January 31

On Friday, Chinese state media reported that China Credit Trust Co. warned investors that they may not be repaid when one of its wealth management products matures on January 31, the first day of the Year of the Horse.<p>The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China sold the China Credit Trust product …

Why Singapore's Economy Is Heading For An Iceland-Style Meltdown

In 2007, Iceland was celebrated for attaining the world’s highest standard of living according to the U.N.’s annual Human Development Index report. In less than a generation, the tiny North Atlantic island had transformed from a traditional fishing and tourism-based economic backwater into a …

Gold Stocks: The Great Contrarian Trade Of 2014?

In my experience, one of the singular best investment strategies is to buy assets/asset classes which are most reviled by investors. By reviled, I mean assets where a mere mention of you wanting to invest in them generates nervous sniggers among others, if not howling laughter. Where upon their …

China's Newest City: We Call It 'Detroit'

Detroit, broke with almost no prospects for recovery, is the fourth most popular U.S. destination for Chinese real estate investors. In fact, it was bad news—the city’s July 18 bankruptcy filing—that triggered renewed interest. “While the bankruptcy is viewed as a bad thing elsewhere, it raised the …

Why Japan May Matter More Than Tapering

The traditionally quiet period for markets in December is turning out to be not-so-quiet, thanks to a key meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve starting December 17. The meeting will decide on whether a reduction in quantitative easing (QE) is necessary. Consequently, every economic data point up to …

Tokyo's 12 Best Spots To Eat, Drink, And Shop

WHERE TO EAT<p>Hidden away off a side street in Aoyama, <b>Maru</b> offers a modern yet unpretentious take on classic izakaya dining. The small plates are meant to be shared, and the wild fish in the sashimi is caught daily.<p><b>Sushi Shin</b> (Nishi-Azabu Building, 4-3-10 Nishi-Azabu, XI 3F; +81-03-5485-0031) …

The Markets' Worst Kept Secret

Here’s what your stockbroker and the media aren’t telling you: the world is more indebted now than it was at the height of the financial bubble in 2007. That’s right. Despite the extraordinary government intervention of the past six years. Despite continuing optimism of a recovery. Despite the …