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

    Financial advisory council bends over backwards for private equity funds

    Posted Dec 01st 2013, 05:38am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... up as limited partnerships, so as to further enhance the city's fund industry, a member of a government advisory body says. South China Morning Post November 28 The advisory body is the much ballyhooed Financial Services Development Council, which has now finally started releasing discussion papers on the reforms it recommends. Strange to say, however, the paper it just ...

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

    Why going to college isn't the answer to China's hi-tech dilemma

    Posted Apr 20th 2014, 05:33am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... is to be the answer for China. The problem, we are told, is that foreign companies have taken advantage of plentiful low-paid and unskilled labour to keep China in the cheap and nasty stage of industrial ... in the United States, as usual, returning to China only later for the mass assembly. As I say, lots of Chinese people are at the leading edge of technology, but Chinese industry itself lags there. ...

  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Cross-border stock trading scheme is not a through train but a milk train

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 12:36am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... financial services minister has warned market players not to expect the quota under the proposed cross-border stock trading scheme to be increased after it is filled, despite complaints that the cap ... control of the process and the final jump to real reform will be made by criminal elements who steal all the economy's resources. Our financial services minister, however, will still ...

  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Long Hair's pension fund filibuster a grand idea

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 12:57am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... person who will never admit this is financial secretary Johnny Blogger (well, he calls himself that, so why can't I?). Telling you it's yours would mean telling himself that he cannot ... which a former financial secretary designated for concrete pouring alone in order to hide how badly he had got his budget forecasts wrong. There is no good reason why this money cannot ...

  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong dances to the money laundering tune

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

    ... tune The [Financial Action] Task Force recognised Hong Kong's efforts and agreed unanimously among members in October 2012 to remove Hong Kong from its "follow-up process" in its regular mutual evaluation. Successful conviction of recent cases shows our determination and efficacy among law enforcement agencies and financial regulators in combating money laundering. Jackie ...

  6. 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

    ... this meadow. It gives them an easy victim. I'm sure it dismays the UBS board that almost every time the headlines feature a new international financial scandal the bank's name appears ... is that knowledge in financial matters is valuable and it doesn't come free. A good example of this is interbank rates. How much do banks charge each other at any given point to borrow money from each ...

  7. 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

    ... Jake van der Kamp Financial products based on confidence in an ever-rising yuan may turn out to be disastrous for buyers, given the currency's recent decline Sales jockeys sending ... of people on bank dealing desks are also not fully up to speed on what they are selling. In essence a TRF is a bit like that thing called an "accumulator", which in the 2008 financial ...

  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Long-suffering stock market investors Shanghaied

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

    ... to have responded to economic growth. Since South Korea began to open to foreign investment 30 years ago, its stock market has roughly tracked GDP growth in a financial environment in which ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Subsidies for industrial jobs a waste of money

    Posted Jan 07th 2014, 01:05am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake Van Der Kamp Government plans to help industries badly affected by labour shortages and grants for university students economically unsound Subsidies for industrial jobs a waste ... not a big believer in education, particularly the university sort, and thus I naturally applaud the sentiment. It has become prominent again with government plans for new subsidies of industrial ...

  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Alibaba conjures up 'fantasy' returns

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

    ... of two billion yuan at interest rates no bank will pay. But lest anyone think that we are immune from this financial exuberance, I present two charts. The blue line on the first shows the Hong ... market is our big financial risk. The second chart shows you that all the deposit action in this town has swung into yuan over the last year. Believers abound. Who needs to go to Disney ...




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