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  1. As US housing market weakens, ours gets stronger

    Posted Nov 28th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp 'HSBC isolates fallout from subprime debt' SCMP headline, November 27 And underneath, as you might expect, was an account of the complicated measures the bank is taking to distance itself from having extended huge chunks of money to American mortgage debtors who could never repay if anything went wrong and probably never intended to anyway. Why, ...

  2. Tips from Mr Wen you wouldn't want to wager on

    Posted Nov 27th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday warned Hong Kong of the fierce competition it faced from neighbours and gave Donald Tsang Yam-kuen four tips on bolstering the city's competitiveness ... '... During my visit to Singapore, I kept thinking of Hong Kong,' he said. 'It's facing very strong competition - the situation is pressing.' ...

  3. There's no need to appoint a successor for Joseph Yam

    Posted Oct 30th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp 'Perhaps there are factors that I have failed to see.' Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, Viewpoint column, HKMA website October 25 Ithink we can take it as given that Mr Yam's reported retirement as chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority is not voluntary on his part. He loves the job and there is no reason or law that says he ...

  4. Regulators should look into HSBC-Knight Vinke meeting

    Posted Oct 29th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp 'HSBC Holdings chairman Stephen Green will meet for talks with shareholder Knight Vinke Asset Management after it criticised the bank's strategy, according to the Sunday Telegraph. Mr Green agreed to meet Knight Vinke on the condition that nothing said in the meeting was leaked to other shareholders, the newspaper reported.' Bloomberg in SCMP, October ...

  5. How corruption greases the wheels of nascent economies

    Posted Oct 18th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp 'Resolutely punishing and effectively preventing corruption bears on popular support for the party and on its very survival, and is therefore a major political task the party must attend to at all times.' President Hu Jintao Address to 17th National Congress He could have quoted it almost word for word from Transparency International's ...

  6. Backing through-train puts HKMA chief on track again

    Posted Oct 15th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp The head of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, has his job back. He strayed from it recently to lobby for closer links with mainland stock exchanges but all this has done is force him to focus on his traditional duties again. Look in the first chart at the track of the HK dollar three-month interbank rate over the last month. ...

  7. Reading market data makes me want to sell my shares

    Posted Oct 04th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp So the index went up 1,057 points on Tuesday, did it? What can I say about this that hasn't already been said repeatedly? You must be tired by now of people trying to tell you that markets can't climb like this forever or, if these people come from across the border, that markets can. The point about bull markets is that they can produce many ...

  8. Only the scale master can pull capital account string

    Posted Sep 26th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp Another part of our strategy involves currency. As China's global economic stature grows, so will the importance of the yuan as an international currency. It is important for Hong Kong to continue to develop its handling of yuan-denominated transactions. John Tsang Chun-wah, Financial Secretary, Writing in SCMP, Sept 22 The yuan as an international ...

  9. A lesson for HKIA: watch Cathay and do as they do

    Posted Aug 10th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... 'Hong Kong International Airport has been recognised as the world's best for the sixth time in seven years.' SCMP, August 9 'Cathay Pacific Airways posted a better than expected 54.7 per cent rise in first half net profits ...' SC ...

  10. Airlines should shop around for other ruses

    Posted Jul 12th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... 'Dear Stakeholders,' From the chairman's statement 2006/07 annual report, Airport Authority Ihave a little warning bell in the back of my head. Others tend not to notice it as it is really quite a small bell but I assure you that I can hear ...




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