The Great Taiwan Bubble: The Rise and Fall of an Emerging Stock Market

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Steve Champion has been an international banker and fundsmanager over a career of almost forty years.  During 2004-2011, he servedas President, CEO, and portfolio manager for the Taiwan Greater China Fund, aNYSE-listed closed-end fund.  In 2010, he was recognized by Bloomberg forhaving the best total returns among the 231 funds investing in the Taiwan stockmarket.
Prior this, Mr. Champion was Chief Investment Officer at Aetna International,Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer at Bank of San Francisco, ChiefInternational Investment Officer at Bank of America, and Chief InvestmentOfficer at Bank of Hawaii.
Mr Champion was President and CEO of International Investment Trust Co.,Taiwan's first and largest funds management company during 1987-1992 and wasalso portfolio manager of The R.O.C.-Taiwan Fund.  During this period hewas twice voted a member of "Finest Foreign Fund Managers" by FinancialWorld.
He workedfor Continental Illinois National Bank during 1973-1987 and was Vice Presidentand Country Manager in Taipei from 1980 to 1987.  He was twice electedChairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Banking Committee and led theforeign banks' efforts to upgrade accounting standards in Taiwan.
Mr. Championhas authored The Great Taiwan Bubble and Letters of Credit as well as"Uncooking the Books in Taiwan," which appeared in the Op-Ed pages ofThe Asian Wall Street Journal.  He helped teach a class in the InvestmentsSeminar at Stanford Business School for many years and taught finance coursesat Clark University during 2010-2016. He was profiled in Forbes in 2006.
Mr. Champion has a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin and anM.B.A. with distinction from the Kellogg School at Northwestern Universitywhere he was named to Beta Gamma Sigma and as a Distinguished Scholar.  Heis a Certified Public Accountant and has a certificate in Chinese from Taipei LanguageInstitute.  He also served as a line officer in the U.S. Navy from1968-1971.

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Another time, another emerging market. Taiwan's boom of the late 1980s and subsequent crash is a great yarn. And Steven R. Champion tells it with relish in The Great Taiwan Bubble: The Rise and Fall of an Emerging Stock Market (Pacific View Press, Berkeley). Not only does he have an eye for the humor and excitement of the period, Champion occupied a ringside seat as the Taipei-based manager of an offshore fund investing in Taiwan stocks. XXX At the peak of the bubble in late 1989, Taiwan society was transformed by the stock market: some 10% of the population were trading daily. On good days, turnover on the Taiwan Stock Exchange even exceeded activity on the New York and Tokyo bourses combined. And that does not include bets made on index levels, and "air trading" of shares without settlement, much of it done on the island's enormous network of "underground' financial institutions to which the government turned a blind eye. Champion gives a colorful description of the largest of these, Homey. -- Asiaweek, November 13, 1998

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