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  1. 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

    ... Jake van der Kamp Jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com While HKMA boss fusses over trifling mortgage delinquency ratios, exposure to borrowings from across the border should be his target China risk ... 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 ...

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

    Pay up for market information- don't expect it to be free

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 06:02am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... value is to arm fund managers who find themselves having to defend bad calls to their superiors- "What do you mean that I should never have bought Garborubbish Holdings? It was recommended ...

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

    Distant central bankers drive home prices up in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 03:56am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to a loan but he won't take it if he thinks the risk too great. The strategy has, however, succeeded in driving down interest rates, with the result that the focus of inflation has moved from ...

  4. 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

    ... 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 ... does indeed respond to the application of economic amphetamines. But it does so with the same sorts of risks that amphetamines pose to the individual. We need our recessions. They force us ...

  5. 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

    ... these big risks. If they win they take all, less a pittance for deposit interest. If they lose, the government picks up the loss. This risk conundrum is formally called moral hazard. The crooks call ... This will only make the next crisis worse. But most of all, Norman, what gives you the right to put Hong Kong people so blithely at risk, without any public discussion, for the equivalent of HK$1.3 ...

  6. 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

    ... their own risks. Norman now says it is the HKMA's job to guarantee the prices of a wide array of financial assets through unlimited access to the public purse. How did that happen? ...

  7. 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

    ... project in its original conception at its original cost and with a competent management might just have worked. But that time is past. The budget is out of control, the schedule will soon be out by a decade and an overstaffed management has nothing to manage while getting no direction anyway from the top. Hong Kong has moved on. This project is stuck in our past. Don't stop your chopping ...

  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 from Conic came late and had launched himself straight into the soup course when the fund manager asked him: "And what do you do at Conic, Mr Lau?" Came the answer: "Slurp, ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Social responsibility should begin and end with the law

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 12:51am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Pressuring firms to follow unwritten social obligations does more harm than good – if an activity is unacceptable, then make it illegal Social responsibility should begin and end with the law Corporate social responsibility (CSR)- a management concept whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns into their operations and interactions ...

  10. Business - Companies - JAKE'S VIEW

    Corporate rescue bill not worth saving

    Posted Jun 05th 2014, 05:34am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... measures such as deposit protection insurance to try to eliminate risk from investment, all as futile as the perpetual motion machine. They just reduce risk in one place to create more of it in another. All that Chapter 11 does is raise the cost of debt financing to compensate lenders for the extra risk of not being able to recover their money when the need arises. And note that bit about ...




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