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  1. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Li Ka-shing's stake in investment property is far less than what it seems

    Posted May 13th 2014, 01:03am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... effect Li's actual stake in property rentals not that much Li Ka-shing's apparent move to reduce his investments in Hong Kong could damage the city's economic competitiveness, says ... the money for the land purchase from a bank and then finance construction from pre-sales of units in the development. He may not have to put up any of his own money at all. Of course if it all goes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1510838/li-ka-shings-stake-investment-property-far-less-what-it-seems
  2. 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

    ... swap agreement with the People's Bank of China... The SNB [Swiss National Bank] also obtained a yuan investment quota, with which it could invest part of its foreign exchange reserves ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1559951/chinas-currency-swap-deal-switzerland-just-plain-dumb
  3. 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

    ... of new housing. Financial predators were not driven off in 1998. There were none, only a few young yahoos It then occurred to a small clique of young yahoos working for some of the investment banks that there was an easy way to make money. Start with a quiet short position in the Hang Seng Index futures, then noisily sell a few index sensitive stocks like Hang Seng Bank on the cash ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1563045/hong-kong-governments-reserves-are-not-big-enough-fight-financial-predators
  4. 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

    ... is the real worry for HK lenders [Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief executive Norman Chan, in an article posted yesterday on the website of the city's de facto central bank, wrote that... ... Front page, July 15 Let's get one thing straight about Hong Kong mortgages right away. They are among the soundest asset any bank anywhere has ever had and they have always been so. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1555497/china-risk-real-worry-hong-kong-banks
  5. Business - Banking & Finance - JAKE'S VIEW

    Losers' Clubs spend good money on bad ideas

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:55am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... investment ideas but investment capital for them is in short supply. It is hogged by big multinationals who only work for rich people. That is why we must have a BRICS bank. Things are actually ... of the BRICS Development Bank. SCMP Business, July 9   Translation: the Losers' Club wishes to squander even more of the scant capital resources of its member governments by funding vanity ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1550671/losers-clubs-spend-good-money-bad-ideas
  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

    ... should be prudent when borrowing and investing". Thank you, Peter, for another big addition to the sum of human knowledge. But the HKMA does have a problem. The instruction manual ... 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. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Permanent stimulus is putting China's economic health at risk

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 04:41am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... trillion) from the banking system to do it and many of the resulting projects have produced little return on the investment. This should hardly be surprising. If the object is to push up headline ... Jake van der Kamp Permanent stimulus putting China's health at risk The Ministry of Finance recently urged local governments to speed up fiscal spending, while the People's Bank ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1534348/permanent-stimulus-putting-chinas-economic-health-risk
  8. 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 and not take a mechanical box-ticking approach." SFC release, J ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1556626/overpaid-box-tickers-sfc-leave-us-none-wiser-about-price
  9. 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

    ... and perhaps longer. I don't like having to concede this one to the gold bugs but they have a point. The temptations of fiat money are so great that sooner or later every central bank will fall for them. It reminds me of an old saw from the investment guru Peter Lynch, who said he liked the kind company any fool can run on the grounds that sooner or later some fool will. I like the kind ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1543904/rise-interest-rates-something-welcome-not-worry-about
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Police can handle Occupy protest, so why the paranoia from Beijing?

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 03:25am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... I don't really blame the banks and accountancy firms that have had to fall for it. They are peculiarly vulnerable to this kind of coercion. The accountants, for instance, were recently told ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1552875/police-can-handle-occupy-protest-so-why-paranoia-beijing

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