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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Don't change listing rules until lawyers have to change theirs

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 05:23am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Don't change listing rules until lawyers have to change theirs Besides Alibaba, the exchange paper showed it lags the US in getting information technology firms to list here. At the end of May, a third of the 102 mainland companies listed in the US [had] dual-class share structures and 70 per cent of them [were] IT companies. In Hong Kong only 6 per cent ...

  2. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Haeco grounded by elite bank jobs that pay more

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 12:34am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... institute of education. This amounts to 27 per cent of the total employment rolls, a figure that has doubled in just 15 years. Many of these degree holders slaver for the get-rich-quick bank jobs ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Employers, and not just the minimum wage, distort Hong Kong labour market

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 04:50am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... trades. This is not just a theoretical scenario. As the chart shows, since the economic bottom in 2003 real gross domestic product per employed person has far outstripped real wages. The rewards ...

  4. Business - Banking & Finance - JAKE'S VIEW

    Easy way out for foreign inflows comes with a price in China

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 05:46am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to only 1 per cent. But in China they have been steadily raised to a stinging level of 19.5 per cent at present. This has armed the PBOC with 21.6 trillion yuan (HK$27.2 trillion) for buying up ... an interest rate of only 1.62 per cent on statutory reserves, which is well below bank intermediation costs and cost of funds. If the difference were only 1 per cent, the loss would still come to 216 ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Why HK needs to be cautious about deposit guarantee

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 03:14pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... They were the equivalent of 166 per cent of our annual gross domestic product. We are talking very big money. And we are talking even bigger money now. That HK$5.8 trillion in total deposits ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    'Grim' retail sales index tells only fraction of story

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 04:25am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... The retail sales survey that goes into making up the retail sales index covers only 31 per cent of retail sales in Hong Kong. That's right, fewer than one-third of total retail sales. It used ... account for about 52 per cent of total consumer spending, and the interesting fact is that none of them show up in the retail sales report. They just don't exist when this tally is done. Also ...

  7. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong government's reserves are not big enough to fight 'financial predators'

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 01:01am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... crises. Everything has got so much bigger and we need every cent we have. Note first of all that we have here a major policy shift. It used to be that participants in financial markets bore ...

  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong goes with the flow and reaps the rewards of capital movements

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 01:04am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to more than the entire output of our economy. For the 12 months to March this year it amounted to an average of 91.6 per cent of GDP. It is conceivably possible that this could happen ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Trees just the start for axe swinging needed at West Kowloon arts hub

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 12:21am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... a cost-cutting design unveiled yesterday. Money devoted to the park has been halved to HK$1 billion and green coverage of the site reduced from the originally proposed 80 per cent to 60 per cent. South ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Overpaid box tickers at SFC leave us none the wiser about price-sensitive information

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 04:13am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... risen to an average of almost HK$1.2 million a year per employee. That's for 753 employees, itself a number that has risen 50 per cent over the last four years alone. Not bad, eh? Find me ...




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