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  1. Property - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong's simple answer to its industrial land space puzzle

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:06am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... of the economy has doubled. Industrial production has actually held up quite well when you take into consideration that domestic exports crumbled by 70 per cent as Hong Kong's manufacturing industries moved to a more natural home on the mainland. But, of course, much of what we include in industrial production serves our domestic economy rather than consisting of export goods. Examples ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/article/1545172/hong-kongs-simple-answer-its-industrial-land-space-puzzle
  2. 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

    ... performance, too. Is your economy feeling a little slow? Here's a stimulant for you, and another, and another, and, yes, just watch those economic growth figures rise again. Gross domestic product ... as it is in personal health and where that debility plays out in the economy is in the health of the financial system. Specifically, continued stimulus endangers the recoverability of advances made ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1534348/permanent-stimulus-putting-chinas-economic-health-risk
  3. 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

    ... that Hong Kong residents have spent abroad. Thus if mainland tourist spending here now crashes, our economy will march on untroubled. But I hear you. This is all wrong, you say. Things should be the other way round. What non-residents spend here is a boost to our economy and what Hong Kong people spend abroad is lost to us. Go argue the toss with the Census and Statistics Department ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1532890/mainlanders-spending-hong-kong-doesnt-show-our-gdp-thats
  4. 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

    ... It is inevitable in an economy dominated by the public sector. But we are not talking here of the money that goes to fancy cars and fancy parties. Corrupt officials find it quite easy to charge these sorts ... of insulation from state interference by their influential owners. These enterprises don't waste money. They are the efficient, money-making productive side of the Chinese economy. Freed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1522679/theres-no-proof-graft-has-harmed-chinas-market-development
  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    China's consumer success story still has a long way to go

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 01:51am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... in the US. Yes, it is true that developing economies need to put proportionally more of their money into infrastructure development but in China it has long been excessively done with fixed capital ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1530418/chinas-consumer-success-story-still-has-long-way-go
  6. 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

    ... only end in pain Technology is an important foundation for most successful economies, and Hong Kong may want to carve out a niche in the related sectors. But without much of a hi-tech industry, ... off. They did a mighty fine job of it all on their own. It is simply not true that technology is a foundation for successful economies An insight into their greatest weakness revealed itself ...

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

    Exports a handy fudge when playing the Hong Kong GDP numbers game

    Posted May 18th 2014, 03:35am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... what they don't tell you is that almost 98 per cent of our exports consist of re-exports and all the figures are hazy about how much these actually contribute to our economy. The formal ... are talking here of a re-export trade worth HK$3.7 trillion a year going through an economy with a GDP of HK$2.1 trillion year. We are talking of money in a nebulous re-export margin, which amounts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1514363/exports-handy-fudge-when-playing-hong-kong-gdp-numbers-game
  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Li Ka-shing's stake in investment property is far less than what it seems

    Posted May 13th 2014, 01:03am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Academy of Social Sciences, is looking at it the wrong way. In an efficient market economy no one is so big that the economy's competitiveness will suffer if he sells out. No one has such superior insight as consistently to know better than the market what the fortunes of that economy will be in the future. Mr Li has threatened several times in the past to leave Hong Kong and never ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1510838/li-ka-shings-stake-investment-property-far-less-what-it-seems
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Functional constituencies undermine our economy

    Posted Feb 09th 2014, 02:56am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Functional constituencies undermine our economy Professor Wang Zhenmin, dean of law at Tsinghua University and a former member of Beijing's Basic Law Committee, said ... objective, but they are wasteful of public funds and undermine our economy. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1424164/functional-constituencies-undermine-our-economy
  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

    ... Jake van der Kamp Jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com Hong Kong is forced to follow as a negligent and scared Fed keeps interest rates at record low levels in a vain attempt to lift the economy US ... with this Hong Kong angle. The first chart should set things straight. The blue line on top represents the nominal wage index, flat while the economy went through a severe bout of disinflation from 1998 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1505396/us-dollar-peg-blame-high-private-rentals-hong-kong

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