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  1. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Global yuan meets down-to-earth reality

    Posted May 08th 2014, 12:51am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... reserves. This makes it a global currency. When you hold 27 times as much money in foreign reserves as the United States feels it necessary to hold (US$144 billion), you can ask for a few favours ... Jake van der Kamp Junk the hype and behold a rigged currency tied to a weak financial sector and a dysfunctional stock market that all spells funny money Global yuan meets down-to-earth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1506937/global-yuan-meets-down-earth-reality
  2. 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 the global financial crisis in 2008, when the Government, in October that year, provided a full guarantee for all deposits in Hong Kong through the Exchange Fund, total deposits amounted to HK$5.8 ... Tak-lam, Blog, HKMA   I can't remember if that guarantee on all deposits is still in place. But, if not, it doesn't really change things. In good times we don't need ...

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

    ... Then there was the time that the late Vic Locke, commodore of the yacht club, ran his aluminium-built yacht, Bugis, across a rock somewhere near Port Shelter, and put a kink in it. The boys at Haeco took it out ... is it that in a work force with a million people who have gone to the time and effort of acquiring a full tertiary level education there are not enough people who have directed their education towards ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1573126/haeco-grounded-elite-bank-jobs-pay-more
  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Let the Hong Kong taxpayer off the hook for a new runway, please

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

    ... the issues. Here is an example: "Besides, it would be inconvenient and time-consuming if travellers had to use [Pearl River Delta] airports instead of our own airport in Hong Kong." I agree. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1571636/let-hong-kong-taxpayer-hook-new-runway-please
  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

    ... 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 ... But let's go back to that 1998 stock market gambit orchestrated by the then-financial secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. We were a year into a general Asian financial crisis at the time, the peg ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1563045/hong-kong-governments-reserves-are-not-big-enough-fight-financial-predators
  6. 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

    ... of the Shanghai through train. Yet you can almost see him scratching his head. Time for some education. The blue line at the top of the chart represents capital flows of all forms (direct investment, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1561436/hong-kong-goes-flow-and-reaps-rewards-capital-movements
  7. 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

    ... solution. Ship those dollars back out again by investing them in the US. You are not buying goods or services with them this time because, if you were, these would count as imports, and then China ... and amassed only to support a PBOC monetary policy that has gone off the rails. Now look again at the chart, this time at the blue line. It shows you what these reserves cost the PBOC. The difference ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1559951/chinas-currency-swap-deal-switzerland-just-plain-dumb
  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Trees just the start for axe swinging needed at West Kowloon arts hub

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 12:21am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp It's been a sorry performance from the start, and now with greenery sacrificed to budget cuts, it’s time for the final cut at West Kowloon Keep swinging the axe ... China Morning Post July 23 It's time for a proper use of the axe on this bloated wastrel project. Let's not just cut the trees. Let's cut the whole thing. We need to start from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1557771/trees-just-start-axe-swinging-needed-west-kowloon-arts-hub
  9. 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 ... to ask, the answer is 'yes'." And then the stock exchange gets snowed under with corporate announcements that no one reads because there is not time enough in the day to read them ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1556626/overpaid-box-tickers-sfc-leave-us-none-wiser-about-price
  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Keep Hong Kong airport for wide-body jets and ditch need for third runway

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 01:17am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... environment of Kai Tak Airport, which was highly constrained and fully stretched. At the time it was natural for airlines to maximise each valuable slot by deploying the biggest aircraft possible. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1554322/keep-hong-kong-airport-wide-body-jets-and-ditch-need-third-runway

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