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  1. Business - Companies - JAKE'S VIEW

    MTR's disregard for law shames the SFC

    Posted Nov 25th 2014, 05:27am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... item of price-sensitive information about that corporation to the investing public as soon as reasonably practicable. Those who ignore this law risk an HK$8 million fine, disqualification from being a director and other penalties. How does one make a disclosure to comply with this law? Well, says the SFC, there are a number of ways but the certain one is to publish it on the stock ...

  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

    ... any company with a payroll of 753 people paid an average of HK$1.2 million each a year. No wonder that, despite exacting a levy on the stock exchange of more than HK$1 billion in the year ... 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 ...

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

    Time to call SFC's bluff in this case

    Posted Nov 06th 2014, 06:08am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... bluff in this case The Securities and Futures Commission has reprimanded Ms Yue Siying and fined her HK$400,000 for negligence in handling a client's trade orders SFC news release, November ... of transaction which is not reported to the stock exchange and on which regulatory agencies in most jurisdictions like to keep a close eye if they don't ban it outright. Certainly, if you find ...

  4. 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

    ... predators. The operation involved the Exchange Fund's acquisition of HK$118 billion of Hong Kong equities. In the end, the financial predators were successfully driven off and financial 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 ...

  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Tardy MTR Corp must tell stock exchange about its delays

    Posted May 15th 2014, 12:52am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp With another project behind schedule, MTR Corp must remember that as a listed firm it has to disclose price-sensitive information to investors Tardy MTR must tell stock ... as financial secretary in the late 1990s, he decided that MTR Corp should be listed on the stock market. I suppose the idea came about as a late developing case of Thatcherism- privatisation is good ...

  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Tiger Asia: no trial, just tribulation

    Posted May 09th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... make a HK$1.03 billion share repurchase scheme at HK$2.06 a share, which sounds all very well except that it entirely ignores the question of who exactly was bought out of the stock. Let's ... was suspended. Or take the case of someone who subscribed at HK$2.15 and who was still holding the stock when it was suspended. Anxious to get some money out over a two year period of non-trading, he ...

  7. 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

    ... in our stock market without checking whether Beijing had cleared that train to leave. It hadn't. Whoopee! New job for Norman. Take note first of all that only half of this HK$5.8 trillion ... 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 ...

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

    Let's not do away with Hong Kong's stock transaction stamp duties; they're worth the money

    Posted Oct 20th 2013, 06:31am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Let's not do away with stock transaction stamp duties Hong Kong should scrap its stamp duty on share trading Headline, Monitor column October 18 An old veteran ... be it. I differ with my colleague Tom Holland on this business of stamp duty. Tom's argument is that the 0.1 per cent stamp duty on almost all transactions on the stock exchange reduces ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    SFC not so good at practising what it preaches

    Posted Sep 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... about theirs. The SFC has built up HK$7.5 billion from this levy … And it is spending it like water The SFC funds itself from a stock exchange levy of 0.003 per cent on both sides of every transaction except for what market makers toss back and forth to each other. This may not seem like much, but with annual market turnover at almost HK$15 trillion, the levy will bring in about HK ...

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

    Hong Kong has little to gain from relaxing rules just for competition's sake

    Posted Dec 08th 2013, 04:58am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... not worth it. We have something valuable here in the rule of law. We set a price on it in our stock exchange with stamp duty revenues of HK$20 billion a year and people are happy to pay ...




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