Blog Entries and Commentaries

Finally, a great reference book on banking!

“Modern Banking, by Professor Shelagh Heffernan”
Have you been wondering if there is that one book that you should purchase that is part commentary, part dictionary, part history and part text book on the banking and financial services industry? … Continue reading…

David Conner, OCBC and misplaced arrogance

Why David Conner of OCBC Bank should not have been a CEO
At the airport lounge in KL last Saturday, I ran into David Phil.. Conner, the CEO of OCBC and his colleague. He was such a cold fish in … Continue reading…

Paulson should not have taken Bernanke with him to

Paulson, Bernanke and the Strategic Economic Dialogue
Those of us who are familiar with doing business in China would have immediately recognized what “Hank” Paulson was doing when he led a contingent of economic policy makers to Beijing. What … Continue reading…

US Thanksgiving in Nantucket, Mass with Bill Seidm

Was in the US last week. Primary purpose was to attend the wedding of Jackie Zhang, ex-staff extraordinare to Dennis Kim (I was going to have a word with him if he kept her waiting any longer), Korean … Continue reading…

Corruption in China (additional notes)

Further to my musings on how westerners tend to think the worst about China before they think well, after more conversations in Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing with Chinese and non-Chinese friends alike, I have to admit that … Continue reading…

Big ship up the Yangtze River – Western perception

Big ship up the Yangtze River – Western perceptions of the Dam and things Chinese –
I must say in all certainty that if you decide to take the big ship up the Yangtze, travel upstream (from say Yichang … Continue reading…