Check out this week’s stories about e-comm billionaires turn philanthropists,10 years since the GFC, and Apple’s ECG. What does it all mean for investors? (3:17 min read)

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1. The philanthropic side of e-comm billionaires

Amazon founder (and richest person in the world) Jeff Bezos announced a $2 billion fund for philanthropy to help homeless families and create preschools.

Bezos’ fellow retail behemoth founder Jack Ma (China’s richest person) went a step further, announcing he’ll be stepping down from Alibaba to focus entirely on philanthropic efforts – namely to improve education in China.


What does it mean if you’re invested in Alibaba or Amazon?

Financially, we don’t believe it will have a major impact on either company.

However, for investors who believe in a purpose beyond simply making the largest financial return possible, it is good news.

Jeff Bezos and Jack Ma are both contributing to a growing trend, particularly among successful technology entrepreneurs such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft’s Bill Gates, of committing vast amounts of money to solving key global issues.


What does it mean if you’re invested with AtlasTrend?

AtlasTrend’s managed funds are invested in a number of technology companies, including Amazon and Alibaba.

We applaud successful founders who support causes that help advance humanity.

We believe this speaks volumes about their core personal values, which usually translate across to the companies they’ve founded.

Values that dictate business is not purely about making money, it’s about creating products or services that have long-term, sustainable impact on as many people as possible.


2. The GFC 10 years on: investing lessons learned

On Sunday September 14th 2008, US investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy marking what many would consider a pivotal moment that eventually became the GFC.

On the Monday morning after Lehman’s collapse, global financial markets went into meltdown. Over the subsequent weeks, the entire global financial system nearly stopped functioning as concerns grew over which banks would still be standing.


What does this mean if you’re invested in the stock market?

The GFC is an important reminder the core rules of investing don’t change, even when faced with unprecedented stock market falls like in late 2008/early 2009.

Always invest with a multi-year, long term horizon and keep calm.

Investors who remained invested throughout the 2008-2009 stock market downturn have done well. For example, the broader US stock market in 2018 is trading at approximately 2.5 times the level it was on the day Lehman Brothers collapsed.


What does this mean if you’re invested with AtlasTrend?

When the GFC hit, me and my fellow AtlasTrend co-founders were working in the funds management and banking industries in London and Hong Kong.

This front row view gave us a learning experience we carry forward to this day.

We are keenly focused on managing investment risks and aim to invest in strong companies that we believe are able to endure through the difficult times.


3. Apple wants you to (literally) listen to your heart

Apple’s product launch events are usually quite the spectacle – new iPhones, fun features, interesting demos and so on.

Their latest event was no exception, except for the fact it also featured an ECG.

Yes, now your Apple Watch can take electrocardiograms to measure your heart health.


What does this mean if you invest in Apple?

Consumer health functions are a great way for Apple to create long-term demand for its products.

The company has already tranformed music, smartphone and camera industries into 21st century necessities.

We believe consumer health tech built into Apple devices may draw even greater brand loyalty. After all, who doesn’t want an Apple product that might literally save their life.

If Apple is successful at building more consumer health tech, investors could be in for a treat.


What does this mean if you’re invested with AtlasTrend?

AtlasTrend managed funds invests in Apple shares.

Who would have thought 10, or even 5 years ago, Apple would be in the business of creating what are effectively advanced medical devices?

Apple’s significant amount of cash flow and resources allow it to innovate across industries. We believe this is very powerful, since the lines separating many industries are increasingly becoming blurred as a result of disruptive technologies.


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About Kent Kwan

Kent Kwan is a Co-Founder of AtlasTrend, an investment platform that makes it easy for anyone to learn and invest in trends impacting our world. Kent has over 17 years experience in financial markets including as Chief Investment Officer at Arowana International Limited, and roles at JP Morgan and Macquarie.