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

    Losers' Clubs spend good money on bad ideas

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:55am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... the right to force their choices on others? It is an arrogant concept for which I have no sympathy but it does explain why there are losers in the Losers' Club. As to the notion that the money ... as an investment analyst, is a good example. It was notable for having the fanciest building in all Manila and the highest pay packages. Its motto- "I'm all right, Jack". In every third ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1550671/losers-clubs-spend-good-money-bad-ideas
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    HK Electric may be right about idea of importing power from mainland China

    Posted Jun 08th 2014, 05:30am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... turbine plants, assuming that we rule out nuclear because of the Fukushima disaster. But with no urgent, pressing need for more power right now, the question comes down to whether mainland power ... that government must have direct input in key industries and, secondly, that sales to Hong Kong would be paid for in hard currency rather than funny money. I think HK Electric has the right ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1527546/hk-electric-may-be-right-about-idea-importing-power-mainland
  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Rise in interest rates is something to welcome, not worry about

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:05am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Business, June 30   I am sure Professor Chan is right. All this talk of tapering by the Fed is just that, talk. The United States is so addicted now to ultra-low interest rates that going into rehab by raising rates would produce a storm of protest to blow every Fed governor off his seat and right out the door. Quantitative easing is thus here to stay until the next financial crisis it produces ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1543904/rise-interest-rates-something-welcome-not-worry-about
  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Social responsibility should begin and end with the law

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 12:51am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... a dark hint from the human resources department that their year-end employee performance scores may benefit from participation in a showy charity event sponsored by the company on Sunday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1535837/social-responsibility-should-begin-and-end-law
  5. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Permanent stimulus is putting China's economic health at risk

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 04:41am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Similarly, offering greater financial support for the country's exporters is like pushing against a rope. Export growth is determined by market demand abroad and right now international demand ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1534348/permanent-stimulus-putting-chinas-economic-health-risk
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Mainlanders' spending in Hong Kong doesn't show up in our GDP- that's statistical reality

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 03:55am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with a howler like this. Contrary to what is implied here, non-resident spending is deducted from the raw figures on consumer activity when gross domestic product is totted up. That's right ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1532890/mainlanders-spending-hong-kong-doesnt-show-our-gdp-thats
  7. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Survey skewing is simple if you ask the right questions

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 12:52am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... if you ask right questions Global institutional investors are urging Hong Kong not to change its listing rules even after losing the mega listing of e-commerce giant Alibaba, according ... just the right way. Leading questions that you cannot answer with any credit to yourself are old hat and respondents recognise them. It is no good when flogging toothpaste, for instance, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1484943/survey-skewing-simple-if-you-ask-right-questions
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Don't write off Warren Buffett, despite recent failures of judgment

    Posted May 04th 2014, 04:15am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... prices. Few humans, however, are consistently non-conventional in thought and I think gurus who get it consistently right do so mostly as a matter of character. Mr Buffett has so often been right ... that those who get it consistently wrong are more reliable than those who get it consistently right. At a big investment bank I worked for we had a New York economist who liked to make market calls ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1503517/dont-write-warren-buffett-despite-recent-failures-judgment
  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong's hi-tech love affair can only end in heartbreak

    Posted May 27th 2014, 12:37am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... it faces an uphill battle against some of its neighbours. Insight page, May 23 Most people have forgotten it (and quite rightly so) but we had a nascent hi-tech sector in the early 1980s. Names ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1519772/hong-kongs-hi-tech-love-affair-can-only-end-heartbreak
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    MTR's silence on delays offers test of how well the SFC protects investors

    Posted May 11th 2014, 03:34am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... I remember trying something of the sort once as a junior in my first stockbroking job and being rightly and soundly told off by the client. It's just not on. You don't tie the market's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1509229/mtrs-silence-delays-offers-test-how-well-sfc-protects

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