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

    UBS rate transgressions in Hong Kong are not what they appear to be

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 03:47am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp UBS rate transgressions are not what they appear to be Six traders at Swiss lender UBS attempted to manipulate Hong Kong interbank offered rates following the rigging of similar London interbank rates, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority found after an investigation lasting more than a year. SCMP, March 15 I have never been able to think of UBS as a ravening ...

  2. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Dirty money alarmism just doesn't wash

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 11:52pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... it on the cheap. There was no control of the survey population, no way to determine response rate. This is a distinctly unprofessional way to conduct a survey and invalidates all the results. ...

  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Survey skewing is simple if you ask the right questions

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 12:52am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... would you rate the importance of fair treatment of all shareholders in a market?" They will all tick the Very Important box, of course, and then you have them where you want them. Dare ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - JAKE'S VIEW

    It's time for our civil servants to work on being happy- not miserable

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 03:55am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... participation rate has turned around to rise from 5.4 per cent to more than 8 per cent. All the indications suggest that this figure will continue to rise. In Japan- the trendsetter in these matters- the labour force participation rate for over 65s is now more than 20 per cent. Yet, as the second chart shows, in order to bolster their pessimistic view of things, our government planners project ...

  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Occupy Central is no threat to Hongkong Land's earnings

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 05:16am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... about $95, you say? Hmmm… OK. And there you have the net present value at a 5 per cent discount rate of earnings of $100 in one year's time. Fancy words. Simple concept. And now ... autonomy at all. End of story for Occupy Central if it won't listen to my advice. And just how much will this affect Hongkong Land's future stream of earnings or the discount rate ...

  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Government power demand forecast much too high

    Posted Mar 25th 2014, 12:55am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... that the Environment Bureau is almost certainly wrong when forecasting in its just published consultation paper on electricity planning that electricity demand will rise at an average annual rate of 1.38 per ...

  7. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Long-suffering stock market investors Shanghaied

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 03:33am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to its growth. For instance, since early 1982 when US interest rates peaked and began a multi-decade decline, US nominal GDP has risen five fold but US share prices have risen 15 times. In China, interest rates have generally remained in the same range over the past 13 years and the yuan yield structure is thus unlikely to have affected share price performance to a similar extent, either up ...

  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Sales jockeys sending yuan customers on to the rocks

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 12:47am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to upwards of US$300 billion worth and most of the holders are reportedly mainland companies. The word is that if the yuan rate goes past 6.20 to the US dollar, there will be serious failures Now let ... prices or rates and a fixed strike price. It expires once the total payout reaches a target figure. Still confused? Sorry, that's the best I can do. The point is that if all goes well you ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong dances to the money laundering tune

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 12:50am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... for pushing up our FATF approval rating. FATF likes the way we have penalties that are "appropriately high". Our banks like it too. It makes for trouble-free international fund transfers. ...

  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Alibaba conjures up 'fantasy' returns

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 12:51am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... reserves, on published borrowing rates that are mostly lower than the yields Alibaba offers its clients? To take just one example, mainland banks must set aside with central authorities a statutory ... is that the published borrowing rates are all wrong and you do not understand how things really work. Actual market interest rates are much higher but do not indicate any credit risk. In China all debt ...




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