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

    Canada's misguided pitch to rich Chinese immigrants

    Posted Oct 12th 2014, 04:14am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... elsewhere in Canada with the deception costing the province access to billions of dollars in loans. Front page, Oct 9 How very Canadian a piece of foolishness. The province of Quebec pitches wealthy ... investment. They do not. Follow the money. Mainlanders living in the mainland do not own Canadian dollars. There is nothing you can buy with a Canadian dollar in Chengdu. Only yuan will serve ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1614592/canadas-misguided-pitch-rich-chinese-immigrants
  2. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Problem of corruption lies with a state economy

    Posted Sep 30th 2014, 04:32am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... of dollars in bribes to approve projects. Liu Tienan told a courtroom on Wednesday that a more market orientated economy that diluted the power of officials like himself could help China crimp corruption. The Australian, September 26   I have written a column for this newspaper for 15 years and any regular reader of my thoughts must recognise by now that I would immediately nod on reading ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1604128/problem-corruption-lies-state-economy
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Distant central bankers drive home prices up in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 03:56am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... economy is determined by interest rates in the United States, thanks to our peg to the US dollar. Unfortunately, monetary policy in both the US and in Europe in recent years has been put ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1586672/distant-central-bankers-drive-home-prices-hong-kong
  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    US dollar peg to blame for high private rentals in Hong Kong

    Posted May 06th 2014, 12:32am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... dollar peg to blame for high private rentals [French economist Thomas] Piketty states that unrestrained capitalism and free markets have caused great inequality... In Hong Kong this can clearly ... Kong dollar peg to the US dollar our interest rates and yields on all financial assets can vary little from their US equivalents except in times of crisis. In the US an irresponsible monetary ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1505396/us-dollar-peg-blame-high-private-rentals-hong-kong
  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    China risk is the real worry for Hong Kong banks

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 01:09am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand might say if lending to Australian borrowers went from nothing to 56 per cent of the loans of all New Zealand banks in the space of just eight years? He wouldn't be moaning about sheep purchases or car loans, would he? And given the scare stories now coming out of China about wealth management products and developer finances, even Aussie dollar lending might ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1555497/china-risk-real-worry-hong-kong-banks
  6. 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

    ... investment. It was either this or two other choices: (1) let the US dollar circulate widely within the country as an everyday currency of transaction or (2) let the yuan exchange rate find its own ... billion yuan a year. But the PBOC also loses money. Over the past four years, the yuan has strengthened by almost 10 per cent against the US dollar, which means the PBOC has weak dollar assets ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1567901/easy-way-out-foreign-inflows-comes-price-china
  7. 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

    ... collectors at only hundreds of dollars a month. Either fix it yourself or we'll fix it for you, said Donald, then chief secretary, to their employers. They didn't fix it. We now think ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1570078/employers-and-not-just-minimum-wage-distort-hong-kong-labour
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    China's currency swap deal with Switzerland is just plain dumb

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 04:01am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... came to US$182.2 billion. And now here is the problem. What can you do with US$182 billion in China? The country's currency is the yuan. You may buy a few things with US dollars, but if you really want to make widespread use of the money you have to convert it to yuan. And that just means someone else has the problem of what to do with US dollars in China. There is an obvious ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1559951/chinas-currency-swap-deal-switzerland-just-plain-dumb
  9. 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

    ... of deposits, which we guaranteed six years ago, consisted of Hong Kong dollar deposits. The rest was all foreign currency. Deposits sourced from abroad, mostly US dollars, held in Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1566181/why-hk-needs-be-cautious-about-deposit-guarantee
  10. 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

    ... for the peg to the US dollar says that interest rates will fall to near zero when there is a big inflow of money into Hong Kong. No one will then want to bring in Hong Kong dollars any longer ... to jump into the market to stop the exchange rate against the US dollar from going stronger than HK$7.75. In Hong Kong you will never work out why, how and where the money goes You get ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1561436/hong-kong-goes-flow-and-reaps-rewards-capital-movements

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