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  1. 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

    ... exchange reserves have become a big burden for us." Premier Li Keqiang Business, August 4 You might reasonably expect quite a number of lifted eyebrows in China at this sort of appraisal ... China can now buy out their companies or acquire other assets considered national treasures. Are savings so great not a measure of strength and standing of which any nation can be proud? Short ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1567901/easy-way-out-foreign-inflows-comes-price-china
  2. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Let the Hong Kong taxpayer off the hook for a new runway, please

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 12:25am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Government claims a third runway is needed because of convenience – in that case, put a price on it and let travellers vote with their feet Let the HK taxpayer off the hook for a new runway, please Three-runway System Urgently Needed Sponsored feature, SCMP, August 8 They Certainly Favour Capital-letters And Dashes In-government. They also like fudging ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1571636/let-hong-kong-taxpayer-hook-new-runway-please
  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

    ... Jake van der Kamp It's employers who are best at distorting labour market "[The minimum wage] is an ineffective solution for addressing poverty, and its main outcome is to distort the labour market decisions of employers and employees. Professor Richard Wong Yue-chim South China Morning Post, July 30 I'm a coward. I like easy targets. But let me pretend ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1570078/employers-and-not-just-minimum-wage-distort-hong-kong-labour
  4. 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

    ... Jake van der Kamp Jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com While HKMA boss fusses over trifling mortgage delinquency ratios, exposure to borrowings from across the border should be his target China risk ... than difficult probate cases or people who are in prison and can no longer make autopay. Of course there are reasons for this other than that Hong Kong people feel their financial obligations ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1555497/china-risk-real-worry-hong-kong-banks
  5. 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

    ... Jake van der Kamp China's currency swap deal with Swiss is just plain dumb Switzerland stepped closer to becoming an offshore yuan hub yesterday after it signed a bilateral currency swap agreement with the People's Bank of China... The SNB [Swiss National Bank] also obtained a yuan investment quota, with which it could invest part of its foreign exchange reserves ...

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

    ... no corruption arrests in China the previous evening, I think). I shall now do my best to make it a less important item of news. This is an easy task, really. It requires the revelation of only one fact. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1565124/grim-retail-sales-index-tells-only-fraction-story
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    There's no proof that graft has harmed China's market development

    Posted Jun 01st 2014, 04:33am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Graft has clearly not harmed China's market development Corruption has done immeasurable damage to China's market development. Prosperity cannot be built on a corrupt foundation. Hu Shuli, Caixin Media South China Morning Post Insight Page, May 29 For the avoidance of doubt and just to get things straight at the very beginning, I do not approve ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1522679/theres-no-proof-graft-has-harmed-chinas-market-development
  8. 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

    ... Jake van der Kamp jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com Head of the HKMA believes the government's reserves can fight off 'financial predators', but in reality it is a case of Norman versus Goliath You're no match for the power of capital, Norman The government intervened in the markets in August 1998 to counter the double market play by international financial market ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1563045/hong-kong-governments-reserves-are-not-big-enough-fight-financial-predators
  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

    ... China Morning Post July 23 It's time for a proper use of the axe on this bloated wastrel project. Let's not just cut the trees. Let's cut the whole thing. We need to start from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1557771/trees-just-start-axe-swinging-needed-west-kowloon-arts-hub
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Police can handle Occupy protest, so why the paranoia from Beijing?

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 03:25am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Central brings the main business district to a halt. South China Morning Post, July 11 There is something missing here. Are we being told that more than 33,000 policemen will be utterly helpless ... sack the commissioner and everyone in the next two ranks down. They are obviously complete incompetents. We shall have to start afresh. But I don't think this is actually the case. I think ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1552875/police-can-handle-occupy-protest-so-why-paranoia-beijing

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