Mobile-only bond offerings should become bigger and broader than Kenya's #MPesa #FinTech

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I wasn’t too surprised to hear Kenya recently offered KES 150 million (US$1.5 mio) in government bonds exclusively through mobile phones.   These bonds are supposed to pay 10% interest tax free (vs 14% on their benchmark institutional 10 year bonds) and be available in denominations as low as KES 3,000 (US$30), and this is hopefully […]

On "Money Talk" @RTHKradio3 with Ample Capital's Alex Wong: Border Adjustments and Fed Hikes

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This morning on RTHK Radio 3’s “Money Talk” program, I was pleased to speak with host Peter Lewis and Ample Capital‘s Alex Wong about the ongoing rise in protectionism and Trump’s talk of border adjustments, as well as what impact the latest Fed hike to 0.75 – 1.00% might have on markets on both sides […]

3 reasons we're not buying the Snapchat IPO $SNAP

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IPOs like Snapchat (formally Snap Inc, NYSE ticker: SNAP) are sexy, and I often say when investments are sexy, you are likely paying too much.  That’s why instead of pretty pictures of Snapchat glasses, disappearing images of rainbow vomit, or even their logo, I made the featured image of this post Snapchat’s income statement reported […]

Latest Hang Seng Index changes make Hong Kong's Benchmark even more Mainland-Oriented vs HSCEI

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Last Friday the South China Morning Post reported that the Hang Seng Index would make at least two replacements on March 6: dropping HK garment trader Li & Fung (0494.HK) and mainland beer maker Tsingdao Brewery (0168.HK) and adding Chinese carmaker Geely Auto (0175.HK) and the Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC = 1658.HK). Li & […]

Understanding the "Fiduciary Rule" and why investor education is so important

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Update on March 8th: Tony Robbins recently posted a video similarly emphasizing investor education on Investopedia. Last Friday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order which may halt the planned application of the “fiduciary rule” to large numbers of financial advisors and product providers to retirement plans.  Opponents criticize this move as helping hide […]