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  1. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    It's time for Japan to dump the failed Keynesian policies

    Posted Nov 20th 2014, 06:07am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Decades of monetary stimulus have merely inflated state debt and done little to help nation It's time for Japan to dump the failed Keynesian policies "I am ... the central bank discount rate has been less than 1 per cent and the short-term lending rate less than 2 per cent. As the first chart shows, over the same period government debt has also risen from 55 ...

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

    Southeast Asia's economies doing fine without using 'hot air' strategies

    Posted Nov 23rd 2014, 06:03am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... proved himself bereft of any idea other than printing more money and urging governments to go deeper into debt. You would think that by now he could see that the prescription is actually ...

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

    No easy fix for China's massive foreign reserves

    Posted Nov 11th 2014, 05:33am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... has risen more than 25 per cent against the dollar. The central bank has weak currency assets to repay debts in a strong currency. It gets worse. Some time ago, the PBOC decided to diversify ...

  4. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Problem of corruption lies with a state economy

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

    ... really choose not to be corrupt. They had to pay others to be promoted to their jobs and need to pay down the debts they incurred. They are often as trapped in the system as any corporate officer ...

  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    HKMA chief's household debt fears overblown

    Posted May 07th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com A clearer view of indebtedness reveals nothing to fret over, despite HKMA chief's alarmist talk Household debt concerns can be shown the door Soaring household debt and rampant consumer spending have put Hong Kong's economy at risk of overheating, the city's central bank boss said yesterday. SCMP, May 4   Let's ...

  6. Business - Companies - JAKE'S VIEW

    Corporate rescue bill not worth saving

    Posted Jun 05th 2014, 05:34am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... as the law at present allows, when that company may still be able to pay its debts if given a period of recovery time in which creditors cannot demand their money back. In practice it rarely happens ... know it went bankrupt. It then becomes an object lesson to equity investors not to scorn debt as a sub-species of investment. As a bank depositor whose money it likely was in the first place, ...

  7. 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

    ... forecast of Vietnam's third quarter economic growth from 4.15 to 4.08 per cent. The ADB's big trick back then was funding Indonesian irrigation projects with debt in yen on the argument ...

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

    iBonds are little help in easing inflation and a bad bet financially

    Posted May 19th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... The game show here is that our government offers a three-year HK$10 billion bond issue, available in allotments of HK$10,000, which pays a coupon of the rate of consumer price inflation or a minimum of 1 per cent. Given that bank deposits over the past fo ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Rich are easy target but tax offensive won't help the poor

    Posted May 01st 2014, 01:18am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... in remuneration as they give the downtrodden in social transfers. And rather than paying for it by taxing anyone, they like to fund it with debt. The French government has not turned in a fiscal surplus in 40 years and its debt load now stands at an eye-popping 94 per cent of gross domestic product. What is your advice here, Mr Piketty? Shall your country default on debt payments? ...

  10. 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

    ... government escape paying the price of an addiction to debt. We are forced to follow. What this means is that where an annual rent of HK$100,000 would have put the price of a flat at about HK$1 ...




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