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

    Easy way out for foreign inflows comes with a price in China

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 05:46am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Both the banking system and the PBOC lose money on the statutory reserve solution Easy way out for foreign inflows comes with a price "Frankly speaking, foreign exchange reserves have become a big burden for us." Premier Li Keqiang Business, August 4 You might reasonably expect quite a number of lifted eyebrows in China at this sort of appraisal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1567901/easy-way-out-foreign-inflows-comes-price-china
  2. 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

    ... Jake van der Kamp SFC leaves us guessing over price-sensitive information "The newsletter also reminds listing sponsors to look critically at what constitutes meaningful disclosures ... beyond expectation. It happened when the SFC introduced a new rule last year requiring listed companies to publish all price-sensitive information or face the consequences. What ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1556626/overpaid-box-tickers-sfc-leave-us-none-wiser-about-price
  3. 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

    ... Jake van der Kamp Government claims a third runway is needed because of convenience – in that case, put a price on it and let travellers vote with their feet Let the HK taxpayer off ... in there you would put up your hand and say, "Yes, I take it." What you have then done is put a price on this inconvenience. You can do it the other way round, too. You can ask yourself how ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1571636/let-hong-kong-taxpayer-hook-new-runway-please
  4. 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

    ... we consider the world overall. Income polarity and unemployment result when the world's labour market is not allowed to find its natural price level. But we are not talking here ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1570078/employers-and-not-just-minimum-wage-distort-hong-kong-labour
  5. 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 year. There is no need to push a panic button. And one big reason that the retail sales index is down so much is that retailers of stuff just haven't been able to drive up their prices ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1565124/grim-retail-sales-index-tells-only-fraction-story
  6. 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

    ... their own risks. Norman now says it is the HKMA's job to guarantee the prices of a wide array of financial assets through unlimited access to the public purse. How did that happen? ... to the US dollar was in occasional question and general confidence was weakened when a certain ship owner's son, mistakenly made chief executive, vowed to trash property prices with a flood ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1563045/hong-kong-governments-reserves-are-not-big-enough-fight-financial-predators
  7. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Rise in interest rates is something to welcome, not worry about

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:05am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp The easier it is to pay off a mortgage, the more likely it is that prices will go up and nowhere is this equation truer than in the property market Don't worry about ... Federal Reserve's move to further reduce its bond-buying programme …, Chan Ka-keung, the secretary for financial services and the treasury said … SCMP Business, June 20   Secondary prices ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1543904/rise-interest-rates-something-welcome-not-worry-about
  8. 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

    ... As the first chart shows, even at the height of the property slump in 2001, with residential prices on their way to a 70 per cent collapse from their 1997 peaks, the six-month mortgage delinquency ... then just happen to buy it at that bargain price. The painful lesson is one that mortgagors feel keenly even in prospect. So what is Norman Chan on about with this talk of mortgages brought under ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1555497/china-risk-real-worry-hong-kong-banks
  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Housing Authority must raise public housing rents or run out of money

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 12:45am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... years, the average HA flat rents for little more than HK$1,200 a month. In a city that is a byword for high-priced housing, a third of the population lives in some of the cheapest urban ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1549258/housing-authority-must-raise-public-housing-rents-or-run-out-money
  10. Property - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong's simple answer to its industrial land space puzzle

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:06am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... that has not declined at all, and the obvious conclusion you come to is that prices of industrial space must have collapsed in recent years. Not a bit of it, quite the reverse in fact. As the second chart shows, prices of industrial space in Kowloon and New Kowloon have risen nine-fold from their bottom in mid-2003. This compares with a four-fold rise over the same period in average ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/article/1545172/hong-kongs-simple-answer-its-industrial-land-space-puzzle

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