Silk Road Trip 2017 Photos Set 1 of 3: Hong Kong to Lanzhou to Urumqi

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This is part 1 in the series of posts showing a total of 50 photos from our August 2017 trip to and along the China side of the silk road.  To continue to part 2, click here. In August 2017, we decided to take an educational summer trip to China’s silk road starting overland from […]

Silk Road Trip 2017 Photo Set 2 of 3: The Karakorum Highway and Tashgurkan

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This is part 2 in the series of posts showing a total of 50 photos from our August 2017 trip to and along the China side of the silk road.  To continue to part 3, click here. The Karakorum Highway was the highlight of our August 2017 Silk Road trip, and if we had more […]

Silk Road Trip 2017 Photo Set 3 of 3: Back in Kashgar to see the Old Town, Sunday Market and Livestock Market

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This is the last in the series of posts showing a total of 50 photos from our August 2017 trip to and along the China side of the silk road.  To go back to part 1 on this series, click here. After driving back along the 300km Karakorum highway road back from Tashgurkan to Kashgar, […]

Beer consumption slowing down globally, even in China

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One of my favorite charts earlier this week was from this Economist article about declining global beer consumption.  Earlier this year I posted a list of 14 large listed beer brewers, and will be watching some of their sales and profit figures over the coming quarters. Happy Friday! Tariq

The 15-40/7-4 rule: The numbers behind saving 15% of your income

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A widely said rule of thumb is that you should save 15% of your income towards retirement.  According to the IMF, 15% is right around the average rate of total savings in the US and UK, and well within the averages of many Asian countries and other high savers like the Netherlands (Chart below from […]

Asians spend 7.5x on education but 1/3x on housing vs Americans? From a 2015 Milken interview

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One of my favorite things to listen to in the background are interviews with influencers that occasionally say something to get me thinking about something I might not otherwise have thought of.  Today I happened to be listening to a 2015 interview of Michael Milken with ASU Professor Jeff Cunningham. Among other things, I was surprised […]

Your Financial Life in Hong Kong, Part 8: Exploring the Rest of Asia

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This is part 5 in my 8-part guide to your financial life in Hong Kong. It is mostly intended for foreigners living in or moving to Hong Kong looking to better understand “the system” and better manage their money both in and outside of Hong Kong.  Let me know if you have any questions. Hong […]

Top 30 Distillery, Winery aka non-Beer Alcoholic Beverage Companies by Market Cap 2017

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Somewhat related to my earlier lists of beer brewers and casinos, here is a list of 30 of the largest listed non-beer alcoholic beverage stocks by market cap (identified in some sector classifications as distillers or wineries).  This is usually one of my favorite sectors, as it is a relatively simple business to take fruit […]

30 Largest Hotel, Motel and Cruise Line Companies by Market Cap 2017

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Here are a list of 30 of the largest hotel chain, motel and cruise line companies by market cap as of January 2017.  This sector had an average return on assets of 2% with wide variation based on the different business models of these companies. RIC Name  USD Market Cap (Millions) CCL.L / CUK Carnival […]

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30 Largest Restaurant Stocks in 2017

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It may or may not surprise you to consider McDonald’s and Starbucks as the world’s largest restaurant company. As a professional having lots of meetings in coffee shops, I naturally wonder about Starbucks’ and its competitors’ profitability while I am waiting for my next meeting. On the other hand, it may not be too surprising […]