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  1. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Long Hair's pension fund filibuster a grand idea

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 12:57am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... filibuster a grand idea "My filibuster this year is more meaningful and justified than the one a year ago. I will stop immediately if officials promise that a 50 billion-dollar universal pension ... and coins plus balance sheet games played by the monetary authority to keep the Hong Kong dollar weaker than HK$7.75 against the US dollar. My HK$1.65 billion, however, represents the accumulated ...

  2. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Sales jockeys sending yuan customers on to the rocks

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 12:47am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... yuan customers on to the rocks China's central bank has decided to double the daily trading band for the yuan against the US dollar from tomorrow, marking a step forward in giving ... to upwards of US$300 billion worth and most of the holders are reportedly mainland companies. The word is that if the yuan rate goes past 6.20 to the US dollar, there will be serious failures Now let ...

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

    UBS rate transgressions in Hong Kong are not what they appear to be

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 03:47am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... an interest rate of 25 basis points over the US dollar six-month London Interbank Offered Rate. That rate was a critical determinant of the price the market set on my investment. So, yes, ...

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

    Beijing's foreign exchange policy nothing but a silly game

    Posted Mar 02nd 2014, 03:42am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... As the second chart shows, they thus let it weaken a little against the US dollar. Almost instantly speculators decided they no longer saw a good bet in the yuan and fled. They had only come to the yuan because its steady appreciation against the US dollar had given them a currency translation profit. With that gone, they were gone. "Hmmm …," said the smart fellows in Beijing, who ...

  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Taxpayers should not pay for a third runway … but they will

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 05:09am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... good acid test then of how important the visitor dollar really is to us. We are talking about spending a great deal of money on this third runway. It will be the single most expensive capital ...

  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Don't lump emerging Asia with Brazil, India, Turkey and South Africa

    Posted Feb 16th 2014, 03:55am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... is work out an index in US dollar terms of Asian markets weighted by recent market capitalisation. The markets represented are Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong (all those China listings have demoted us ... are submerging again because they always do. The second chart, a GDP-weighted index of currency performance by the same Asian group against the US dollar, shows the same trends. The 1997 currency crash ...

  7. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Welfarism of corporate kind is the real problem

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:24am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Despite alarmist talk, it's creepy how handouts to poor are falling as charity for tycoons rises Welfarism of corporate kind is the real problem Professor Lau Siu-kai, former head of the Central Policy Unit, a key official think tank, said the billions of dollars promised to the poor in the policy address had sparked concerns about "creeping ...

  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Land-hungry tourism a 'pillar' that short changes Hong Kong

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 12:53am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... of it. The figures are inflated. Tourism is nowhere near as important to our economy. We start with the fact that two-thirds of the average tourist dollar is spent on shopping. Find me ... a full-employment economy with more than a quarter of the workforce holding university degrees. It's a bad fit. Much the same goes for other industries where the tourist dollar is spent. Most ...

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

    Not everyone will be safe when banks go bust

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 05:01am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... the occasional bank to fail and depositors to find they can only get back 70 cents on the dollar. Yet it is probably true. Pain is the best disciplinarian of sound practice. I relish this prospect ...

  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Our peg works and should be kept but it mightn't be

    Posted Oct 17th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... be The Hong Kong dollar's peg to the US dollar could easily be in place for the next 20 years with a potential switch to the yuan an unlikely prospect, according to John Greenwood, the economist ... throw in my two cents' worth of recollections about the establishment of the peg. One clear memory I still have of that week, when the Hong Kong dollar was plummeting ever faster on foreign ...




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