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  1. 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

    ... Jake van der Kamp Don't lump emerging Asia with Brazil, India and Turkey Emerging markets have become the new focus for investors' fears, leading to capital outflows, sharp falls ... flow back to the United States and emerging markets will crash. Doom is upon us. Get out now, all ye who may. Here are a few observations. Firstly, I hardly see a reversal of monetary policy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1428515/dont-lump-emerging-asia-brazil-india-turkey-and-south-africa
  2. 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
  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Haeco grounded by elite bank jobs that pay more

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 12:34am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... No 2 service provider. Business, August 11 That No 2 ranking in the aircraft maintenance business is a little dubious. It is done on the basis of market capitalisation, which means that any contender ... And if paying more means that Haeco is no longer competitive in the worldwide aircraft maintenance market, then so be it. Hong Kong's window of opportunity in this business will have been exploited ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1573126/haeco-grounded-elite-bank-jobs-pay-more
  4. 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

    ... trillion. So, without a sizeable Exchange Fund to back the blanket guarantee, we could not have restored the confidence of depositors and the market to maintain financial stability. Norman Chan ... it and at the first hint of bad times Norman would put it all in place again anyway. It bespeaks a dangerous misunderstanding of how financial markets work but what can one expect from a career civil servant ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1566181/why-hk-needs-be-cautious-about-deposit-guarantee
  5. 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

    ... 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 ... stability restored. An important point to note is that our stock market capitalisation was only HK$2 trillion in August 1998, but has grown 12 times since then to HK$24 trillion. Norman Chan ...

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

    ... of how much all of this might affect consumer activity. The blue line represents the growth of the retail sales index, the red line the growth of total domestic-market spending. For the red line ... for the last two years. The market resists, the mainland tourists cannot be pushed. Oh, I cry such enormous, huge tears. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1565124/grim-retail-sales-index-tells-only-fraction-story
  7. 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

    ... 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
  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

    ... in the Chinese bond market... South China Morning Post, July 22 It's a funny thing about the balance of payments: very few politicians understand how it works and yet they love to monkey about ...

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

    ... Jake van der Kamp Losers' Clubs spend good money on bad ideas The world's five key emerging nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have proposed the launch ... serve mass markets, not premium ones, and their beneficiaries include you. Odds are that you are a small indirect shareholder of McDonald's and Nissan through funds held in your pension ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1550671/losers-clubs-spend-good-money-bad-ideas
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Overpaid box tickers at SFC leave us none the wiser about price-sensitive information

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 04:13am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Get it wrong and he could find himself in front of an SFC Market Misconduct Tribunal, where the definition will be whatever SFC regulators choose it to be at the time. SFC regulators, you must understand, are mostly lawyers who have no hands-on experience of financial markets. You can only firmly rely on them to say whatever advances the social standing and reputation of regulators. So ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1556626/overpaid-box-tickers-sfc-leave-us-none-wiser-about-price

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