Posts Tagged ‘Wall Street’


Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Visitors keep asking me to write more about ” The Art of War”….

In my previous blog, it strongly indicates that the original English translator, Mr. Giles did not bring out what Sun Tzu means. It is an excellent translation by surface. Almost everyone of later author keeps using it as a guideline. It creates a lot of misunderstanding……

Mr. Giles built a wonderful cultural bridge between the East and the West. That is his main purpose. There are some confusion in the book.  Different Asian experts used different historical example to explain the contents…..In my opinion, they may not thoroughly understand the materials. ” If they do, they don’t need so much examples to explain the definition of the contents.”

For example: ‘Chi and Ching’.  Ching means “traditional or general method;” Chi means ” flexible skill to deal with the changing environment. But the soldiers have to be well trained and absolutely obey the order.”

There is another example: “The war is already won before the war begins.”

It is absolutely mistranslated …….What Sun Tzu means that I know I will win the war, but I don’t expect  “when or how to win”, because, the battlefield keeps changing. Over expectation is a disaster….

Most of the readers feel nothing after they go through the other book. Because they are confused and get lost .  Without  the understood catalyst, they don’t think  deeper. People never can get the benefit from the materials.

My book is written in simple English and easy to understand. For THIRTY DOLLARS, it can benefit rest of your life, it is a deal……Once you understand the concept, you don’t need to read my articles. Even you go to famous university and also cost you a lot of money, you still get lost. My previous blogs have written down some key points of Sun Tzu Concept, it will help the new visitors.

If people ever visit my previous blogs right before the Presidential Election. See what I have written……It is Sun Tzu’s wisdom.

The strategy of winning team is doing as  identical as what I have said.  It is SUN TZU’S WISDOM.  I just understand a small part of the contents. It is not Malarkey, it is on my blog right before the campaign time begins.

The GOP team is over confidence and assume that the election is in their pocket. It is a good fight, but they miscalculate the middle class vote.  They ignore the civilian echo…The misleading TV Advertisements and money fail, because the candidate doesn’t express  concerning  about the little guys. He pays his mistakes.

Sun Tzu: Civilians will support you, if you sincere care them…..

Sun Tzu’s contents have been translated and spread over the world, it must be a reason. It is a Universal Concept, it is a book which people must read, if they want to succeed.  Over 2500 year period of time , only a handful General in China understood the materials…if people don’t get it in the early stage, don’t feel bad at all. It is a wisdom book, it takes time to chew on it.

Visitors keep asking for my email address, it is on the website,” art of war on wall”  People also can go to Face Book  under the name , “The Art of War on Wall Street or Y.K.Wong”……I write pretty often over there.

It is Thanksgiving time, nice to see a GA Senator breaks off the unpractical pledge. America and Americans have been suffering long enough in the past ten years. Time to change.

Sun Tzu: When the country had internal struggle and long time war, the incivility of society would happen and neighbor countries would start aggressive.

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Our current President has been elected by American citizens. A decent respect is a must in Public regardless of his performance and policy. We can share the different kind of opinion, but we can’t insult our President in public.

If we do, America will lose the image of global leadership.

CNN News: An idiot broke down the process of president speech and stood up as kindergarten kid. His attitude was absolutely not acceptable in that situation.

I wish he stands up like that in front of the OLD CHINA OFFICER…….

Without any question, America can balance the budget, if the Congress can work as a team. Raise the tax of the rich in short term and cut back the tax when the economy  completely recovers and the unemployment rate is under 4 1/2 percent. Stop the waste of giving away program and over built military might.

Stop the long term political war, America has lost the image of the fairness……The greedy corporations should put  back their profits to the country. Just think about that, without this strong country to support your success, you don’t have to-day.

Some American should fulfill their responsibilities and stop to take advantage of the system.

It is incredible to see that America has all the resources and talent esp. the technology….and the current situation could happen.

The Middle East environment is very sensitive, it is because America has lost the image of principle and fairness. Used to be, when America announces…people listen. Now a day, it may be another story.

On the news, Russian has sent the military weapons and people to Syria, it is very alarming…..

Someone may need to review the Art of War’s Principles….

The Depth of Sun Tzu’s Philosophy are pertinent to our daily life…

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Know Yourself and Know Your Circumstance……..Sun Tzu.

America is the land of opportunity. Often when people have all the freedom and their directions get lost . Their life will be led into a miserable situation……….

As a result of it, it produces 2% of super rich and 98% of poor……It is a fair game to begin with on this land of opportunity. When the smart guys build up their wealth , they also build up their networks and connection. Now they have money power as well as political power. Their fingers reach every corner of this wonderful land.  Without manipulation, capitalism should be a good system.

They write  up all wonderful songs and make you believe them. “Believe me, it is good for you.”  Take the Wall Street as an example.  It is a long term investment, let me have your money…  Don’t trade; but they trade. They even trade the FUTURE. Who knows the future?  Have you ever heard the insider trading before ? Find it out.


People should not completely blame on the Rich, you are part of the problem. You help them to meet their purposes. It is a fair game to start with. You let it happen.

“You believe what they say. You accept their invitation. You are willingly go into their toxic golden trap.”

I have heard that people only need three month savings for the unknown future. You will find a job within three months. Really?  What happens now ? When the environment changes,  you are screwed ! You will lose most of your wealth that you have built for years……Guess who will get your loss, the 2%.

I remembered when I was very young in Hong Kong and Macau, I only saw one kind of red color lipstick, it was in 50′. Now how many colors of them are on the market ? The worst part of them, now ,due to the fashionable society, the color of your lipstick has to match with your cloth color……so as the nail color….. For certain environment, they match with the shoe’s color too

Women Shoes keep changing shapes, such as ” round, square; high, flat heel; colors…” …All the fashion stands for only few months. It is on fire sale. Keep buying…

How about the dresses, no wonder the GOOD WILL stores are cross the country……

Poor fellows keep working. You work hard , you earn it…..Really?  Don’t feel too bad, You are not alone.

I have been wondering for many years. Why major business are in down town, but people are living far away from it. It is very different from foreign country. Local people told me that people wanted more relaxation after work……  If you are the 2% of rich, that is correct.

I live in GA.  If you live far away from down town and you work in down town, how can you feel relaxing when you get into highway 75 and 85 to work  in the morning or go home in the late afternoon…….Can you imagine that the time you have wasted on the highway each day ?  Time means Gold.  Time will never be back to you. life is one way ticket !!

Currently, some slum down town area are tore down and contractors  are building up many expensive buildings and houses……Strange things happen. Poor people will be kicked out from this area, because the property tax that they can’t afford to pay. They have to sell their property and leave.

No money down, no interest until so and so……keep buying. Credit cards are so convenient for daily life and business………Guarantee rate etc ….Banks can change the rate over night, because your credit is changed. Even you have excellent credit, they will change your rate, when the banks have the financial problems….Good credit system is a must, but unfortunately, the system is manipulated.

The credit agency changes your credit rate as long as some idiot reports you to them…not because you really have problem , it is their typing error or mistake…..Your record will be stuck for years…….You will pay their mistake , and you don’t even know.

You buy a house  to build up your future assets. Theoretically, it is a wonderful concept. When the huge institutions screw up the housing market, you are paying their greedy consequences. One of big financial institution told the Congress, we lost ‘$900 M’. for this mortgage deal, but later they  received ‘$60 B ‘ from a gigantic insurance company. It is the tax dollars.

Current news: A high rank officer resigned from this firm and stated that he resigned from there because of its toxic culture……They are too big to fall….

If a LBO or M&A happens to your working place, your retired security may be in trouble.

When you look at all the examples ( It is a small part of facts), all your hard work may  not support your future security, if you don’t know the circumstance, because there will be no money that are left for you.

Do you know yourself?  People are getting old, having no money and getting sick…….Can you imagine, that you are one of them ?  Dig the well, before you are thirsty.

Now the social security may be cut…..Hell, life goes on.

How to deal with it. You are responsible for your family and your  future. Prepare the rain coat before the rain comes. Know yourself and know circumstance as Sun Tzu said.  Read my book , it can help you.

Some people work extremely hard and save each penny and put it in their saving, that is very  good habit…However, they don’t eat right, they don’t live in a reasonable place, they don’t take care their health, they dis-respect the others, and take advantage of the others……..Only money are in their minds……

Please, don’t put yourself in this category, it is the worst one, because their minds are not even free !! Normal slave has a free mind as Wind……When environment is changed, they will be free……

The Fall of Federalist Empires: Sun Tzu’s Perspective

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Throughout  history, empires have fallen apart for 3 basic reasons:

1. War–either defeat by an enemy or waging a prolonged, long-distance war

2. High taxes on the people

3.  Ignoring problems of the citizens while maintaining spending on those in power.

In the Art of War, Sun Tzu emphasized that “war is for peace.”  “War is a last resort.  It should be quick and fast.  Long-distance wars exhaust a country’s resources.  The condition of the citizens must always be a concern. The goal is to keep a strong economy and a united citizenry.” 

The American government has been bogged down recently by the issue of balancing the budget. Rather than identifying the true problems and creating solutions, they have been caught up in locking horns over ideological issues.   No matter what proposals are offered, if they do not see what the real problems are, the so-called “proposals” are worthless. 

Sun Tzu said, “Know yourself; know the terrain.” If you don’t know what the problem is, how can you expect to solve it?  If a tree has a problem, and you confine the discussion only to the leaves, how can you deal with the problem, which may actually emanate from the roots and the trunk?

By now, Americans are disgusted with the political games and want the members of Congress to remember that they were elected to serve the people, not just their campaign contributors.

Sun Tzu said “Know yourself.”   It is time for our congressmen and women to acknowledge that for the most part, they have been serving their special interest supporters rather than the greater good of the country. They continue to cry “Cut the budget,” and  focus on ways to give  Social Security or Medicare the axe.  But no attention seems to be given to the $670 billion dollar military budget.

Sun Tzu would of course support having an adequate military—but not an overextended military buildup to support. That is a budget that can be cut. What kind of war are we actually facing, anyway?  For all the expense, what is the purpose?  Is it really related to strategic interests, or is there a political agenda?

Medical  expenses bilk the insurance carriers and Medicare for reimbursement costs that are far more than the actual, real-time cost of  the service or procedure.  Whether you are an individual paying  insurance companies, or the government using the people’s money to pay, it is still the individual who has money taken out of his/her pocket to foot the bill. Congress could take action to no longer permit the excessively high medical billing that is at the root of the problem. 

  In addition, pharmacy costs equally bilk the public.  Those who have had prescriptions filled in Canada know that the medication costs far less than what the American public and insurers are billed for. Whether the insurance is government-subsidized or paid for by employers or the individual, the escalating payouts always create higher premiums for the individual.

Another obvious solution is that the government could do much more to encourage public education about personal health maintenence and healthy lifestyle to avoid the illnesses in the first place.

In The Art of War, Sun Tzu emphasized the prime importance of maintaining a stable economy to keep a country strong and to avoid the possiblility of civil unrest.  Social welfare costs are another area where costs could be cut.  Data base capability needs to be upgraded to more effectively determine an applicant’s assets, so that people who actually have a comfortable income do not collect government checks. 

Tax reform would certainly close up the loopholes that permit untold amounts of lost revenue to slip through the system.  A simple percentage-of-income tax for everyone, regardless of income, would be a solution.  Not only would it eliminate the loopholes for special-interest groups, but it would eliminate a whole army of  bureaucracy the taxpayers have to support just to process the paperwork in the present system.

Another way to cut expenses and increase revenue would be to close the loopholes that allow corporations to set up headquarters in Bermuda to avoid paying taxes.

All of this boils down to item number 3— the well-being of the citizens. The last thing the people need right now are higher taxes. As stated, the revenue is available—from budget cuts. 

The continually fluctuating prices of gasoline certainly is a  burden to the people.  The price increases usually have nothing to do with the viability of the oil producers or the refineries .  They are more likely the result of greedy speculators on Wall Street. The government has the right to intercede for the best interests of the citizens and, they should do so.

Credit card costs have been squeezing Americans.  Banks have been allowed to offer low introductory rates, and then increase the interest in a matter of months.  In the end, people who do their best to protect their credit by paying the bill have less cash to flow into the economy. Congress needs to take action here, also.

The solution is always evident in the midst of the problem. Therefore, if the Congress really cares about the American people, the  solution is quite obvious: Reduce spending, revise the tax system, get serious about bank regulation and energy speculation.

Y.K. Wong, April 20, 2011

To learn more about Sun Tzu’s Art of War and how it applies to finances and investment, read The Art of War Applied to Wall Street by Y.K Wong

The Influence of Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Sun Tzu on China

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

I do not see communism as a permanent way of life for the people of China.  China has a long, long history of philosophical thought that is far deeper in the Chinese psyche than communism.  The daily interactions of the Chinese people are steeped in concepts that have come down through generations.  These concepts have their origins in Confucianism, Daoism, Sun Tzu, and Buddhism.   Here is a quick summary of them, in chronological order:


The teachings of  Confucius have tended to be discredited as a result of the erroneous belief that he advocated the feudal system.  The information in my Art of War book should help clear up this misunderstanding.  It is true that  Confucius lived  in a feudal society, but that does not mean that he was advocating it.  The fact is that, had he openly criticized the society, his life would have been in danger. Instead, he offered some important guidelines for living more fully within that society.

Let’s examine some of his concepts.  He consistently taught that in a society, the citizens are the number one priority, the society as a whole is second, and the king is of lesser importance than the first two.  Quite obviously, Confucius was laying the groundwork for more democratic concepts. 

On the surface, Confucius seemed to be advocating stratification of classes in Chinese society, but actually he was acknowledging what was already there, and suggesting that it provided a structure of stability for the society.  However, he  emphasized mutual respect, rather than exploitation. For example, he taught that it is not honorable for a higher-ranking person to ask a lower-ranking person to do something that he is not willing to do himself.

Confucius taught that the good is  to be shared. If you are happy, and the rest of the world is not happy, then what is the good of the happiness?  If you are the only rich person, and everyone else is poor, then what is the good of the wealth? In other words, sharing is a virtue. In Confucius’s philosophy, the benevolence is done on a personal level, person-to-person, not by some government-imposed requirement.

Confucius taught principles such as the old should help the young; the young should help the old.  The elders should set a good example for the young.  The adults should look for ways to make a contribution to society.  These are all peaceful concepts intended to promote a sense of personal responsibility and a healthy society.

The Communists tried to discredit Confucius and use his principles as a scapegoat for problems in Chinese society, while they held themselves up as the answer to the problems. Nowadays, Confucius’s status has begun to be restored in China, as well as in foreign countries.


The majority of “experts” miss the point regarding Daoism.  The main concept of Daosim is the inherent balance of Nature.  However, the interpretations have been taken too literally, and therefore too superficially.  For example, the key Daoist terms “empty” and” full” have rarely been understood correctly.

What has been termed “empty” is not devoid of content.  It is actually full of potential—that has not yet manifested. That is the essential nature of the Universe and of what we call Nature. A balance of natural forces.

To the Daoist, what does “natural” mean?  It means that which is completely free of rules, regulations, and manipulation outside of itself.   “Free as the wind;  “free as a bird.”  In a society adhering to Daoist teachings, there are natural balances of give and take, just as in nature. Nature has its own checks and balances.  Nothing in excess.

Misinterpretations of Daoism have occurred when the human mind has interpreted it as license to indulge in satisfying every whim without regard to consequences. Daoism has gotten somewhat of a bad name because those who really knew nothing of what it meant were living a libertine lifestyle  in the name of being “natural,” that was offensive to society in general. It was never meant to support the concept of a hippie lifestyle with no concern for the greater good of society.

Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu’s teachings in The Art of  War contained elements of both Confucianism and of Daoism. If one reads closely,  Buddhistic elements also become evident (even though Buddhism had not yet arisen in Asia).  However, his emphasis was on principles of survival and of success, and these were his tools.

“Know youself.”  “Know your adversary.” ” Know the terrain”.  These were the foundations of Sun Tzu’s teachings. These aphorisms have so permeated the Chinese psyche that they are quoted daily today without people even knowing where they originated. The same is true for the principles of Confucius and of Daoism.  They are woven into the daily interactions and thought processes of today’s Chinese society.


Buddhism is historically the most recent philosophy to be adopted in China.  It was imported from India over 1500 years ago during the Tang Dynasty. It is similar to Confucianism, however the major difference is that Confucianism does not address  any life beyond the present one.  Buddhism, on the other hand, teaches that balance in linear, 3-dimensional reality is attained by connection to our common consciousness that is beyond space, time, and place.  

Buddhism teaches that “What you put out is what you get back.”   Or, “What goes around comes around.”  Buddhism therefore encourages people to think about the consequences of their thoughts and actions, and to choose thoughts and actions that put them on a higher path in life.  There is a wonderful story that demonstrates this:

A venerable old monk from the north traveled to the south where he met a butcher that he felt had a higher calling in life. The monk told the butcher that he wanted him to become a disciple.  The butcher said, “You want me to be a disciple?  Look at the blood on my hands!  I cannot be helped.” 

But the wise monk  smiled.  “Yes, when you put down your butcher knife, you can be saved; you can become a buddha.  Buddhism  is not about your physical activity, it is about your wisdom and where your mind and heart are focused.  If you perceive yourself as a murderer of animals, then your  are, indeed, a butcher.  However, if you see yourself as mercifully ending the animals’  lives to benefit others, then you are fulfilling a higher mission.”  This butcher ended up becoming the 6th-ranking Buddha in Chinese history.

 Buddhism offered an uncomplicated spiritual wisdom that all people could benefit from.

For further immersion in Chinese culture as it can impact your life today, read my book, The Art of War Applied to Wall Street.

 Y.K. Wong, 2011

What Can We Learn From the Situation in Egypt?

Friday, February 4th, 2011

As the media commentators spend endless hours analyzing the events in Egypt, their major focus has been on the desire of the Egyptian citizens for freedom.  To Americans, the concept of  “freedom” may be different from the “freedom” that is desired by the Egyptians.  Very often it is the simple desires of the human heart that bring about the tipping point.

For example, this week, an NPR interviewer spoke to  two different Egyptian men, and asked them why they were so disgusted with their lives under the Mubarak regime.  Both in their own way, said that they were without hope for the future.

The first man was employed full-time in a restaurant, and earns the equivalent of $3 per day.  He said that in Egypt, it is very important for a man to be married.  A married man has status and respect. However, to get married, an Egyptian man must have the funds in hand to purchase an apartment for his bride.  This man was denied marriage by the family of the woman he chose because he did not have the money.  He was only 31 years old, yet he stated that he would NEVER have the money, and in fact, he was convinced that he would never marry, and therefore his life was hopeless.

A second man had a university education and a much better job, yet he was in the same situation.  His proposed bride even offered to pay some of the money needed, but he declined, saying that he would be utterly humiliated.  Again, this man, at the age of 38 stated that he will never be able to marry. He also was despondent about his future. “Go to work, drink tea in the cafe, go to bed, go to work, that is all the life I have.” 

As these men explained, the cost and the availability of  housing is the critical issue. They said that because there has been no new construction in Cairo, and because of the housing shortage, prices are exorbinant.

THIS is the kind of freedom to live their lives — within the cultural mode they know—that has been denied to them during the Mubarak regime. 

Is it any wonder that the average Egypitan male, knowing that Mubarak is a friend of the US and has been receiving billions of US dollars while their lives stagnate feels angry at Mubarak, as well as the US?  American citizens need to pay close attention to where our money has been going and how it is being used.  The old system of “support the ’stable’ government”  is obviously broken.  

This is nothing new.  The unrest in so many African countries stems from the same problem. The citizens see the leaders living well and surrounding themselves with powerful armies and weapons, while their own standards of living are declining. 

This week Christiane Amanpour of ABC News, was confronted by an Egyptian protestor who saw that she was an American and shouted in her face, “I hate you!”  She seemed genuinely stunned.  She  just happened to be at the receiving end of the resentment of the hypocrisy that her country of freedom has been supporting a  regime that supresses the development of its own people. 

 It has been observed that in a stable, healthy society, the distribution of wealth is roughly:  5% of the population is wealthy, 90% middle-class, and 5% “poor.”  When the middle class shrinks, the society is more likely to become unstable.  The United States would be wise to reconsider if it is actually contributing to the instability of other countries when it gives financial aid to them.

Not only that, but the United States itself needs to take a look at the statistics of its own populace. American citizens need to take a good look at where the money is concentrated here in our own country.  There has been much talk about “taxing the rich.”  The image of “the rich” is generally some individual like Bill Gates who has been a successful entrepreneur.  Such simplistic thinking can lead to a dangerous class war.

  Individuals like Mr. Gates are not ”the rich” where the money is actually concentrated.  The money is actually concentrated in the investment corporations.  We have to be careful that we don’t slip into a mentality that degrades the successful and the entrepreneurial in this country.  That kind of “throwing out the baby with the bath water” is simplistic  thinking that leads to just the kind of social upheaval that we have been deploring in other countries.

We are all in the same ship.  Let’s solve the problems, not create them.

Sun Tzu said “Know yourselves; know the others you are dealing with.”

To learn more of the wisdom offered by Sun Tzu in his famous book, The Art of War, go to

Educational System and the Younger Generation

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Politicians and commentators often point their fingers at the educational system in the U.S.  As Americans say, “What’s their beef?”  They complain about the educational system, but they don’t offer any suggestions about how to improve the system.  As the Asians say, “They are cooking rice soup without the rice.”

I have not only been a teacher in my country, but I am a parent and now a grandparent of children who have been educated in this country. In my opinion, the American educational system meets world standards.  There is free high school education, free transportation, and free textbooks, not to mention physical education and cultural offerings such as music and band, etc.   Compare that to what is offered in any country in the world, and America is right at the top. 

The problem is not with the schools themselves.  The problem is with the political leaders who set up big budgets for the educational system, but do not budget for top-rate teachers.  In general, because teacher salaries are not commensurate with salaries for college-trained people in other fields, the top talent coming out of colleges is drawn off into the business world.  So while the local politicians may say that their districts spend a substantial amount of money on the schools, it does not necessarily tranlsate into putting the most knowledgeable and talented teachers in place in the classrooms.

There is data that has been in the educational research documents for decades that shows the correlation between good teachers and the quality of the college they attended and the grades they attained at that college.  To get these graduates, the school districts have to offer a highly competitive wage.  The communties themselves have to make a commitment relating to the allocation of funds—big showy sports programs, or top-of-the-line teaching talent?

One of the problems in American education is the continual redistricting. Instead of addressing the needs of individual schools, the deficits in one school may be “eliminated” by blending the students and teachers with another school that is higher performing.  The result is that schools are no longer part of the neighborhood, and the families in all neighborhoods involved tend to lose their emotional commitment to the school. 

Plus, the “new” school has to “rediscover the wheel” and come up with programs and plans to improve the performance of the newly-blended student body. 

Those parents who get fed up with the changes think that enrolling their children in private school will be the solution to the problem.  However, most families cannot afford the fees for private school. Many parents who have sacrificed financially to place their children in private school end up disappointed when the private school turns out to have had deficits that they did not anticipate.

The key to the issue is the parents. When schools are redistricted into larger, “factory model” schools, and the children are bussed out of the neighborhood, the emotional connection of the parents to the schools is lost.

The parents are deprived of the opportunity to be physically in the school, to visit in the classrooms, to help with school programs, to see the needs of the teachers, and let’s face it, to become aware of any educational deficits in the school program.

In these days of specialization, it is easy for the public to take the view that educators have been trained in four to six years of college to perform their jobs, there are supervisiors and coordinators in place to ensure that the instruction is appropriate, so why is it necessary for parents to “interfere” in an area that is not their expertise?  Some parents hold back for this reason, very often the parents whose children would most benefit from a strong relationship with school values.

The key for parents to keep in mind is that their child is the one directly affected by the day-to-day operation of the school. 

On the other side of the coin, only about one-third of the child’s day is spent in school.  The rest of the time the parent is directly responsible for providing the example of the value of education, and for providing stimulation for the child.  To use an American saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

Our leaders are obligated to set examples of ethical principles and be role models of success within the political and educational systems.  The political leaders and educational leaders need to stop crying wolf that there is no money, when later it is revealed that funds were wasted and abused.  If people at the top lack a moral compass, how can there be motivation for our young people to strive to succeed academically?

As Sun Tzu said, we need to know ourselves and know our adversaries.

FAQ About the Book

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Why did you write this book?

     I wanted to provide the public with an easy-to-read, easily understandable guide to Sun Tzu’s Art of War.  This is an expression of a cultural value that I grew up with: to share — for the general upliftment of others, and to express gratitude for all the benefits I have received through the efforts of those who came before me. 

As my mother always told me, “When you drink the water, remember where it came from.” This is my way of expressing my appreciation of the American economic system, which has enabled me to provide comfortably for my family.

Why did you combine information about investing in the Stock Market in an Art of War book?

     I had successfully applied Art of War strategy to my own investing in the Stock Market, and I wanted to share my insights with the public.  And also, it was my way of showing that the concepts of The Art of War can be applied to just about anything.

Is there any source of information about The Art of War that is superior to what you have written?

Perhaps some texts could be researched in Hong Kong, Taiwan, or mainland China.  But they are not easily accessible to the general public.  Plus, there is always the language barrier, meaning that even if a Chinese-speaking scholar understands the fine points of the text, there is no guarantee that he/she can render it into English accurately.

Your book is only 158 pages long.  How can you convey all this information in such a relatively short span of pages?

Sun Tzu’s teachings were very direct.  There is not any excess verbiage in the Thirteen Chapters that Sun Tzu has left us.  And accordingly, my insights on Wall Street are direct and clear.  I made a point of matching them to the principles that Sun Tzu presents.  The book is not bulky or burdensome to carry in your brief case or purse.

Well, then, since the book is not large or heavy, why is it so pricey?

Because it has great value.  It contains material that you could spend hours looking for online or in research stacks, or in musty old Chinese bookstores, and never find as complete or unified a compilation of the true principles of The Art of War. You could spend more money for dinner out and a few drinks for only one evening, and have nothing to show for it afterwards. 

Also, in terms of economics, the investor who makes use of the valuable strategies that I suggest will reap a return that far surpasses the money spent to buy the book!

“The Art of War” and “Money Never Sleeps”

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

I recently enjoyed the film “Money Never Sleeps.”  The film dealt with the collapse of Bear Stearns, future energy trading, and massive government bailouts.  As in Oliver Stone’s previous film, “Wall Street,” the focus was on the effects of insider trading.  Both movies are a wake-up call for investors.  What was shown in the films were not isolated incidents; they are frequent events on Wall Street.

As you look back from “Black Monday” in 1987, through the “internet bubble” to the “energy crisis,” to the “mortgage bubble,” it becomes clear that  these crisies are part of the ongoing scenario on Wall Street.  This year on May 6th, the market went down a thousand points in 15 minutes, and it was  blamed on “computer error.” 

It is only logical to assume that some human input is involved in “computer error.”  Regardless, it is obvious that these financial “crises” are going to recur again and again. What was called “leveraged buyout” in the 1980’s is now called “mergers and acquisitions.”  Different name, but same effect.

The “intenet bubble” occured because the analysts stressed “future growth” instead of fundamental analysis.  The “mortgage bubble” was ignored by rating agents who continued to give some brokers triple-A ratings., Yet even the typical citizen knew that there was a serious problem. Later investigation deemed the bubble to be the result of a mere “honorable mistake.”

In the Bernie Madoff case, the SEC had investigated Mr. Madoff three times and could find nothing wrong.  Yet a whistle-blower went to Congress and finally charges were brought.  Even so, one year later, only two persons have been convicted. 

As long as capitalism is the major economic system of the world, these events will continue. 

As long as capaitalizm is the major economic system, people will invest in order to make money.

We cannot change Wall Street.  All the books out there that discuss “technical analysis” and “fundamental analysis” miss the key component—politics.  Politics and Wall Street are always connected. The bailouts of the past two years are actually politically motivated.

The public may accuse people like Bernine Madoff of being too greedy, but who put the money into his hands?  The investor who wants to make money on a deal that is “too good to be true.”

The game is changing.  There is a “new breed” on Wall Street–the EFT–”Electronic Frequent Trader.”  The EFT uses  computer technology to dominate the market.

In my book, The Art of War Applied to Wall Street, I show the reader how to apply the whole concept of “The Art of War” to the world of investing.  I present the concepts and principles of how to” know yourself and know your enemy”  The book is not about what to buy, or when to buy.  It is about the structure and operation of Wall Street (”Know your enemy”), and it is also about the strategy and mindset (”Know yourself”)  needed to play the game in the new circumstance.

“War is for Peace”

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Sun Tzu never directly said “War is for peace,” but it is essentially the heart of what he was instructing in The Art of War.  His admonitions to avoid collateral damage, to protect civilians inasmuch as possible, to maintain the economic integrity of the country, as well as the enemy’s country were all pointing toward maintaining peace and prosperity, rather than endless warfare.

His concept of war is based in Daoist philosopy.  His chapter on “Weakness and Strength” clearly shows his grounding in Daoism.  Sun Tzu’s principles also reflect his connection to the teachings of Confucius.  This is evident in his emphasis  on always doing what was best for the leader and the citizens, rather than for glory or power.

Confucius has often been erroneously perceived as promoting feudalism. One must keep in mind that  Confucius lived in a feudal society, and had to tailor his message to be acceptable to his culture. However, if you read Confucius closely, it is evident that he was quite clear that “The citizen is number one, the government hierarchy is number two, and the king is number three.”  In essence, Confucius was teaching that the king is the servant of the citizens. He was a precursor of democratic concepts to the degree that it could be allowable in his society.

Sun Tzu clearly was of the same mindset:  Warfare, if it is unavoidable, must be to protect the citizens and to protect the country.  Readers who take  The Art of War quotes out of context, without digesting and reflection on the entire text, are likely to completely miss this. 

Also, take into consideration the possibility that there may be many passages that may have gone missing over time that would have clarified Sun Tzu’s philosophy even further.