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  1. Business - China Business - JAKE'S VIEW

    Mystery in China trade figures begs explanation

    Posted Nov 18th 2014, 05:09am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... the paperwork. The second was that you could then invest these profits back into your business on the mainland as foreign investment, which made it easier to take them out again should you need to do so. This explains why both inward and outward foreign direct investments in Hong Kong run at nearly HK$1 trillion a year, or more than 40 per cent of GDP, when the average for the rest of Asia is about ...

  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

    ... to their decisions to do so. The second was investment in infrastructure, which in this context invariably means going into greater fiscal deficit to fund construction of bridges, tunnels and roadways ...

  3. 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

    ... of seven-tenths of 1 per cent and now has just sunk back into recession. That is a failing grade on the economic report card. And, as the second chart shows, the massive stimulus measures have so notably ...

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

    Vital aspect missing from the Shanghai through train-trust

    Posted Nov 16th 2014, 06:16am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to its underlying economy as the annual rainfall of Mongolia does to the results of this weekend's Premier League matches. For contrast, the second chart sets out how you might expect things ...

  5. Wake-up call not needed as survey on English is lost in translation

    Posted May 09th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... and I can assure you that the language most commonly heard on the street there is better known as F-speak. Nonetheless, I congratulate the institute on having conducted a survey on English standards ... on this survey evinced at these findings. Let me proclaim myself. I am a non-native English speaker. My native language is Dutch and, because it is now a little rusty, I take every opportunity to brush ...

  6. 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 ... thrift and hard work. In fact, the guarantee was made without sufficient assets to back it. The foreign currency deposits at the time outweighed our free fiscal savings by more than three to one. ...

  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

    ... portfolio and other) from all foreign sources into Hong Kong as a percentage of our gross domestic product. Now look at the scaling numbers. In 2007 and again in 2011 this amounted, for a period, ... but it certainly looks odd. Why should a wealthy economy that prides itself on its self-reliance be so reliant on foreign investment? Let us add to the confusion. The red line swinging along the bottom ...

  8. 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

    ... this month when the second-quarter GDP figures are published. Why do we continue to publish this defective retail sales index? I have asked the Census and Statistics people and they just say what ...

  9. 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

    ... 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 ... of the commercial banks and sent this money abroad as foreign reserves. And now look at the chart. I draw your attention first to the red line, which shows that this kind of mopping out has now pushed ...

  10. 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

    ... "priority". Let us give him a hand. The second chart tells you where the danger to the Hong Kong financial system really lies. It shows that since 2006 loans for the purchase of residential properties ...




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