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  1. 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

    ... 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
  2. 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

    ... control? Of all the credit risks that could possibly worry him, he frets about the one with a delinquency rate of 0.01 per cent. Here is a man who obviously needs a dictionary to look up the word ... in Hong Kong have declined from 26 per cent to 14 per cent of all loans made in Hong Kong. It also shows that the banking sector's exposure to non-bank borrowers in China has risen over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1555497/china-risk-real-worry-hong-kong-banks
  3. 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

    ... this rent Professor Raymond So Wai-man, who chairs the Housing Authority's finance committee, said it may need to ask for more funding as its coffers will have dwindled to HK$28.2 billion ... the flotation of the HA commercial portfolio as the Link Reit made up the difference. But now things are changed. A new HOS programme has got off to a slow start. Even at full steam it will bring ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1549258/housing-authority-must-raise-public-housing-rents-or-run-out-money
  4. 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

    ... for the public even if the public chooses not to buy them at their full cost and must be made to pay out of taxes instead of by choice. Who decides what is so very good? How do they know? What gives them ... of course, the irrigation pumps were Japanese made- score another point for Japanese exports- while the guarantor of the loan was the Indonesian government. That's why they loved the ADB ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1550671/losers-clubs-spend-good-money-bad-ideas
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    My seven hours on July 1 march was worth it for Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 03:47am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... and you're one of us," was the attitude. It was also a well-behaved crowd. Other commentators have made mention of how the police have become adept at handling crowds. I would phrase ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1547561/my-seven-hours-july-1-march-was-worth-it-hong-kong
  6. 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

    ... as it is in personal health and where that debility plays out in the economy is in the health of the financial system. Specifically, continued stimulus endangers the recoverability of advances made ... it will be made through bond issues to which banks will be pressured to subscribe. Command economies generally undermine themselves and vanish through financial crisis if they don't first do so ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1534348/permanent-stimulus-putting-chinas-economic-health-risk
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    HK Electric may be right about idea of importing power from mainland China

    Posted Jun 08th 2014, 05:30am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... turbine plants, assuming that we rule out nuclear because of the Fukushima disaster. But with no urgent, pressing need for more power right now, the question comes down to whether mainland power ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1527546/hk-electric-may-be-right-about-idea-importing-power-mainland
  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong's hi-tech love affair can only end in heartbreak

    Posted May 27th 2014, 12:37am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to me one evening when I had arranged to host a dinner for a visiting fund manager from the United States, a refined and intelligent woman, with a representative of Conic Industrial. The man ... I'm the financial engineer, slurp, I manage the share price, slurp." If investors were willing to pay six times book because of bit of accounting jiggery had made it seem that the stock ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1519772/hong-kongs-hi-tech-love-affair-can-only-end-heartbreak
  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Pension funding figures don't add up

    Posted May 29th 2014, 12:44am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... It is true of bureaucrats but the figures indicate that better health has made most people happy to stay in work much longer. I think this latest flat-rate pension proposal will sink again as soon ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1520668/pension-funding-figures-dont-add
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Chinese brands in world of their own

    Posted May 25th 2014, 04:33am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... in the world of the Chinese yuan. It is why everyone still quotes prices in US dollar terms for "Made in China" products. Manufacturing is still not really a China-based business. There is still more of "Exploit China" than of "Made in China" and that will continue to be the case until the yuan is freely exchangeable. I think that this talk of China having ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1519371/chinese-brands-world-their-own

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