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

    Council proposals won't do much for investor protection

    Posted Jun 22nd 2014, 03:15am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Council proposals won't do much for investor protection Hong Kong's Financial Services Development Council proposed yesterday the creation of several new ... have already said no to this idea, and said it resoundingly. If you want to dive for the bottom, go to Singapore. They don't have much in the way of scruples down there. We do. We may ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1537836/council-proposals-wont-do-much-investor-protection
  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

    ... came to US$182.2 billion. And now here is the problem. What can you do with US$182 billion in China? The country's currency is the yuan. You may buy a few things with US dollars, but if you really want to make widespread use of the money you have to convert it to yuan. And that just means someone else has the problem of what to do with US dollars in China. There is an obvious ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1559951/chinas-currency-swap-deal-switzerland-just-plain-dumb
  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Trees just the start for axe swinging needed at West Kowloon arts hub

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 12:21am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... about what to do with the space and getting no further ahead than it was years ago. There is a lesson here- one should never let artists (or journalists) try to do things. Emote, scribble and talk, yes. But do? At the moment they are all squabbling with the senior government bureaucracy about whether to spend HK$23 billion on a parking garage for one of the buildings. Very artistic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1557771/trees-just-start-axe-swinging-needed-west-kowloon-arts-hub
  4. 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

    ... don't even rate as professionals, but this has also risen twice as fast as the nominal wage and salary indices over the last 10 years. Do you see that line with the words "out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1556626/overpaid-box-tickers-sfc-leave-us-none-wiser-about-price
  5. 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

    ... keenly, although they do. Traditionally, if your bank forecloses on you it can sell your property at only the value of your outstanding mortgage balance. Someone in the know- we say no more- may ... that period from less than 10 per cent of total loans in June 2006 (earlier data is not available) to 56 per cent at present. Let's put this into context. What do you think that the top man ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1555497/china-risk-real-worry-hong-kong-banks
  6. 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

    ... If they say they are not yet ready, if they cannot prevent the breakdown of government and business operations in Central, if Occupy Central truly has them cowed, then there is only one thing to do ... advance. It is how society works out where public effort should go. But while public security officials in Beijing do not have to put up with such notions at home, it frustrates them enormously ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1552875/police-can-handle-occupy-protest-so-why-paranoia-beijing
  7. 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 ... that they have few good ideas and the rest are losers that have more to do with political vanity than with real need. The Asian Development Bank, to which I paid occasional visits in my previous career ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1550671/losers-clubs-spend-good-money-bad-ideas
  8. 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

    ... cost. The bar chart shows what the HA forecasts this will do to its finances up to March 2018 and the trend will not change in later years. Remember in this context that the HA is already hugely subsidised with free land, the biggest treasure we have in the public purse. What to do? Quite simple, say I. We already pay public housing tenants to live in public housing. They don't pay us. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1549258/housing-authority-must-raise-public-housing-rents-or-run-out-money
  9. 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

    ... by a rain shower in Victoria Park- beat that for endurance training. But, yes, I do think it was worthwhile. I do think the authorities pay attention to the numbers on the march and I do believe ... "What are you doing here, gweilo?" There was none. Everyone around me welcomed me if they took any notice at all of the fact that I am Caucasian. Few took any notice. "Join us ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1547561/my-seven-hours-july-1-march-was-worth-it-hong-kong
  10. 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

    ... rise in interest rates, welcome it Homeowners do not have to worry about a sudden surge in interest rates, which would further hit an already ailing property market after the United States ... affordability. It works that way in other financial assets as well but in nothing does the equation hold as true as it does in the property market. The only you thing you can do about this, Professor ...

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

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