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Investors are suppose to understand Lehman Minibond when end a NUS Business School Dean doesn’t?

I heard alot about a few distributors FINALLY willing to repurchase or compensate some of the illed informed investors in Lehman Minibond.

I got wind of this article from Tan Kin Lian’s blog that the Faculty Dean of NUS is said to be a sufferer as well. I asked myself: Does he belong to the aged greater than 65 and primary school educated illed-informed investor? I don’t think so. In fact, this achievements seems to point that he belongs to the other tail of the normal distribution!

So what makes him invest in minibonds? I believe it is the lucrative yields that attracts him (could be wrong here), just like other investors. That yield, from a dividend investor is pretty decent and it is above what you can get for a normal bond fund. So much so that many would ignore any caveats or a SERIOUS evaluation of caveats when all things appear too good to be true. Just like the CDOS and Land-banking.

I would not say i am an angel that doesn’t fall compared to them. I do suffer from such lapse as well, but i think we all should learn from this and reduce the lazyiness that prevents us sometimes to do some serious evaluation on things.

Today Weekend, October 25, 2008, By Lin Yanqin

HE HAD built his career on his expertise and knowledge in the field of finance, but like thousands of others, he too fell victim to the collapse of Lehman-backed structured products after the American investment bank folded.

Professor Bernard Yeung, the new dean of NUS Business School, recalled the moment when he received the bad news from his broker.

She said Bernard, youre exposed to Lehman Brothers. I wont tell you how much I lost, I basically feel like Im working for free right now, said Prof Yeung.

The Lehman fiasco prompted Prof Yeung to pull together the business schools academics to share their knowledge and expertise on the issue.

We said, This is our social responsibility… So we asked the faculty to write about this crisis, to help society understand what has happened, said the 55-year-old Hong Kong-born Canadian, who met the media on Friday.

This culminated in a 13-part series in The Straits Times, as well as various articles in Today (picture) and The Business Times.

Such, Prof Yeung says, is how he envisions Singapores oldest business school spreading its knowledge beyond the ivory tower drawing from its peaks of excellence to make a social impact.

Not only does he want to create a culture of intellectual curiosity and integrity in the school, Prof Yeung wants the knowledge created to be shared through teaching, journals and books, as well as the mass media.

Apart from the articles in the newspapers, the school also organised a panel discussion with industry leaders, faculty and alumni to educate its students about the impact of the ongoing financial crisis.

A special module on the crisis will be taught next month for the whole university, with lectures on topics like moral hazards, governance and government policy.

Prof Yeung, who came to NUS after nine years at New York Universitys Stern School of Business, said NUS would play to its strengths and focus on the basics.

The whole industry needs to train people back to the basics. We need to understand risk management better, we need to understand finance even better, and we need to think about this concept of responsibility, he said.

Theres a lot of self-reflection going on in the industry.

Prof Yeung also spoke about the importance of rankings. These measures matter because they reflect what a school is about. Hence it is important to create a culture of learning and impart this to students a hallmark of well-ranked schools. If they deliver, well always be the best, he said.

His appointment at NUS a three-year renewable term allows him to be immersed in what he sees as the Asian Renaissance, with Asia becoming central to the worlds economy.

Its very exciting to be here, said Prof Yeung, who intends to retire here.


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Thursday 30th of October 2008


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