February 21, Sunday, Cho Sir left us.
Having taken over the Investor Diary column from Cho Sir, my feelings are a little different from those of his colleagues and fans when I heard the sad news of his passing.
Many might think that as Cho Sir’s successor, I would have a close relationship with him.
That is not so.
Cho Sir and I did not have many chances to talk to each other and I’m still not sure why I ended up writing the column since 2009.
Death is inevitable and everyone is forced to confront it in the face of illness.
My wife died not long after I started writing Investor Diary.
I was devastated and for a while, I felt helpless about making decisions, especially anything related to investment.
I’m not a Christian but many of my friends are.
They tried to convince me to believe in God but I was always skeptical. They simply gave up.
Even as I grieved, I had to read tons of materials and write investment analyses.
Back then, Cho Sir would come to the office, so I had a chance to ask him for help.
He shared his opinions about religion. Eventually, I managed to accept that my wife will not be coming back.
Personally, appreciated Cho Sir’s help. I will always remember him for that and be eternally grateful.
Cho Sir was a true pioneer of financial analysis.
Some might say that his commentary was out of date, but in his time, there was no internet and any kind of information was much harder to come by.
Whenever I go into my office in the Hong Kong Economic Journal, I look at the first issue of the newspaper which hangs on the wall.
A headline shows how to make a moving average chart.
Thanks to modern technology, we can get those charts whatever period we want with a few clicks on the mouse.
But 40 years ago, everything from collecting raw data to making sense of it was done very differently.
But many of the articles that emerged from the low-tech effort are valuable reference today.
Cho Sir gave us valuable insights and words of wisdom.
Here’s to Cho Sir with love.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Feb. 26.
Translation by Myssie You
[Chinese version 中文版]
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