Author Archives: Emmanuel Daniel

Meilin, you didn’t say goodbye

Dear Meilin,
When I heard the news, my first instinct was to text you. This is a bad joke to start the year with, and a quick reply from you would have got that out of the way. We had half … Continue reading…

1MDB and the single-handed destruction of a nation’s institutions

I thought that the Sarawak Report http://www.sarawakreport.org/ has the most comprehensive account of the blow-by-blow hard evidence being provided by the US Attorney General's office in substantiating their allegations in the 1MDB scandal. I think the time has come for … Continue reading…

Happy 50th anniversary, Amos Yee

(Long. Best read over 2-3 sittings)
On this eve of Singapore’s much anticipated 50th anniversary, my mind kept going back to that smart alec who spooked the entire island just after Lee Kuan Yew died. Somehow, despite the rude, insolent … Continue reading…

Postcard from Ethiopia

I spent a week in Ethiopia last week, as part of the process by which I am piecing together my own understanding of Africa. Partly, as I extend my business into the continent. Partly, as I build my own understanding … Continue reading…

Fama and Shiller, Men and Women – Musings on the perfect symmetry of information

The discussion around the diametrically different views between the three winners of last year’s Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Sciences is still playing in my mind. Recently, from my own experiences in the way men and women handle information, some … Continue reading…

Standard Chartered: “A failure of franchise”

Standard Chartered Bank is broken. It was breaking up in full view over the past few years, except that it was not in the way that analysts think about banks. The worst is yet to come, but I thought I … Continue reading…