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There's Wind & Water In My Stocks

The CLSA feng shui chart has garnered a wide following thanks to its uncanny predictions. Just Have a look at last year's chart prediction ... it was pretty close.

CLSA, Asia’s leading independent brokerage and investment group, today launches its 20th annual CLSA Feng Shui Index – a tongue-in-cheek financial forecast for the coming Year of the Wood Horse, with a focus on the Hang Seng Index, key market sectors, world leaders and celebrities, and each of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. All based on little more than a whisper of wind (feng) and a babble of water (shui). How do we see the bourse under the influence of the Horse? We conclude that this Pony is un toro in toto - pure bull from teeth to tail. Its fortune chart may not be the best balanced, but it is full of Fire - the intrinsic element that’s widely regarded as the driver of investor sentiment. This is especially so for the Hang Seng Index, as Fire is also its “lucky elem…

Interesting Facts

Only 22 Countries Were Never Invaded By The British

Driving On The Left/Right Side

Most Common Surnames In Europe (and they had the gall to laugh at the Nguyens and Kims)

How To Tell Whether An Expat Is Working In HK, Singapore or Malaysia

I think this is ripe for a repost. The first two categories (HK and Singapore was from the site .... So I think I better add my contribution for expats in Malaysia.

Accidentally stumbled across a site for expats in Asia. They have a satirical write up on their welcome landing page. Its funny. The site is

You know you are a Singapore Expat when:

You forget what chewing gum tastes like. You wear winter clothes indoors and summer clothes outdoors. You think a bus is incomplete without a TV. You say handphone, not cellphone. You order warm water because too much ice water is bad for you. No matter what you're doing at the moment, you'd rather be shopping You are certain that Holland Village has very few Dutch people and is a place for hippie bohemian artist types and overpaid yuppies. Your idea of a good night out consists of having dinner at a hawker centre and then eating again. Durian and belachan no longer stink. You justify every argum…

Soros Shorting China?

Bloomberg:  George Soros probably shouldn't expect any warm invitations to Beijing - not with the much-reviled short seller warning of a giant Chinese crash.

The billionaire first shook a major government in September 1992, when he led an attack on the British pound. For his role in humiliating London and forcing John Major's government to exit the European exchange-rate mechanism - essentially the euro - Soros reportedly netted $US2 billion.

If Xi doesn't act now, Soros could make way more than $US2 billion when things go awry. Add a zero.ubprime debt crisis as well. Here in Asia, his legend has loomed large since 1997, when then-Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad accused him, bizarrely, of heading a Jewish conspiracy to spark an Asian crisis. Now Soros has his eye on China. In a January 2 op-ed for Project Syndicate, Soros didn't say whether he's shorting China. But he did connect the dots in a way that can't make President Xi Jinping happy. To Soros, the…

3 Interesting Charts/Surveys

Chart #1

How can any society or any government succeed when most of its institutions are held in such low regard by its citizens? In this revealing Gallup poll, even a seemingly developed and advanced nation like USA have issues that they have to grapple with. The now oft-used "trust deficit" is sorely lacking in Malaysia. I wonder how a similar survey in Malaysia would yield.

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt!" (55BC)
- Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43BC)

Chart #2

This chart was initiated by a hunters' association, which they try to bring clarity to opposition groups on hunting. The causes for birds' fatalities are mind boggling.
What's interesting is the source of the graphic-- the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a weapons industry association-- and …