So the news is out. Let’s just go straight to the hotel stocks. Thoughts: This too shall pass. It’ll probably end up being another good trade/buying opportunity. Difference is that the base of tourism numbers is higher compared to 2015 If the epidemic worsens…losing money on a hotel stock will be the last of your […]

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So The BOT has relaxed its rules on the property sector for the Loan to Value (LTV). Now the details are as follows: Effective date 20th Jan 2020 First home/contract units < THB 10 mn – 100% + 10% of top-up loans Second home/contract – 10% (previously 20%) downpayment for those that have a first […]

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Why pay attention to this? They only manage some USD 6 trn in assets…so it wouldn’t hurt to see what they are planning to do with their capital and here’s the two key paragraphs and a link to the 2 of their letters “ Climate change has become a defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects. […]

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Oh how I love these, granted 80% are US centric (which is a given) but it’s still good to see viewpoints. There’s another 5 in the link to Blackstone’s website. The economy disappoints the consensus forecast, but a recession is avoided. Federal Reserve Chair Powell lowers the Fed funds rate to 1%. Without a comprehensive […]

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So the government has come out with the another round of property stimulus measures, and here are the details: On October 22nd, 2019, the Cabinet approved a temporary reduction in transfer fee from 2% to 0.01% and mortgage registration fee from 1% to 0.01% to those home buyers of up to Bt3m/unit. It will last […]

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A few months ago I had a discussion with the research department of a regional sell-side team and one of the junior’s on the team had put together a fantastic internal analysis on the high correlation between Google Trends and tourism visits to Thailand. Now I can’t put up their magic sauce here because its […]

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TET: Please explain the history of MM. MM has a very interesting background and the brands have gone through 3 different ownerships before settling with MM. I joined the organization in 2003 where Au Bon Pain was in the initial stages of expansion and Dunkin’ Donuts was a dying brand with the stores and the […]

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I’ve been traveling throughout the region the below is just compilation of observations and thoughts I’ve had from sitting in a coffee shop, talking to people, and randomly staring at the sky. Naturally do not expect anything but poorly discombobulated rambling. China -> SE Asia. With China wanting to be less of an export manufacturing […]

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I find it rather fascinating that there hasn’t been more talk about the new Sustainable Equity Fund (SEF) which is supposed to be approved the government and then replace the Long Term Equity Fund (LTF) and be enacted next year. So, here’s a quick Q&A about it. What is the LTF? The LTF is an […]

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And there we go, thats 2Q19 earnings for you – 18% for the SET. A lot of it is driven by the decrease in the industrials & petrochemical sector which could be arguable the inventory losses, but it’s a sign of the issues facing the companies listed on the SET and the MAI. The only […]

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