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

    Southeast Asia's economies doing fine without using 'hot air' strategies

    Posted Nov 23rd 2014, 06:03am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... of these four. It is what I would say of Southeast Asia in general. The emerging market troubles you hear of so often are the troubles of countries like Russia, Brazil and South Africa. Don't lump ... Jake van der Kamp jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com Southeast Asia is doing fine- without 'hot air' strategies "2015 needs to be the year when all actors in the euro area- ...

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

    Chinese brands in world of their own

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

    ... Mobile as the most valuable in Asia, according to the latest BrandZ Global Top 100 study. South China Morning Post, May 22   Two things should quickly strike you about these ratings other, ... of consumer products. South Korea is there with Samsung, and Japan is there with Toyota, Honda and Nissan, but no China shows up. Can you even name one Chinese consumer brand known around the world? ...

  3. The penny is yet to drop on false economy of Asia's dollar delusions

    Posted Jan 13th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... and the oddity lies in the reasoning that has led East Asia to confuse foreign reserves with savings. I shall let you into a secret about how Japan and South Korea, in particular, have built up large ... of it in the chart and table. Total Asian foreign reserves are more than US$2 trillion, the equivalent of 27.9 per cent of combined gross domestic product. We in East Asia are by far the world's biggest ...

  4. Big Hollywood shoots itself in the foot with film piracy findings

    Posted May 08th 2006, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... billion lost to pirates within its own borders. Only then- and with a much lower figure of US$1.46 billion- do we get to East Asia (China, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong). ... Jake van der Kamp WHEN IT COMES to threats and fulminations, few people put on a more furious performance than American politicians protesting copyright piracy in Asia. Behind them, ...

  5. Forget self-flattery, HK's rally owes more to revenge of the nerds

    Posted Aug 16th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... rally in Hong Kong is not exclusively a Hong Kong phenomenon. It is phenomenon common to all of East Asia, excluding, again, that set of islands off the coast of South Korea. In fact, the only ... trashed themselves in the 1997/98 financial crisis. Within East Asia, for instance, the best performer since the beginning of 1999 has been Indonesia, yes, basket case Indonesia, up 139 per cent ...

  6. Move to fuel-efficiency is a journey too far for blase HK drivers

    Posted Feb 10th 2006, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... you a ranking across Asia of the percentage of respondents in each economy who chose that last answer. In Hong Kong's case it was almost half, by far the greatest proportion in all of Asia. The biggest reason that we do not show much interest in hybrids is that we are not worried about rising fuel costs. There is a caveat to be made about this, however. The question was asked ...

  7. Foreign reserves mop up US debt mess

    Posted Sep 04th 2003, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... reserves have now topped the US$1.5 trillion mark and five economies alone (Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong) account for $1.34 trillion of it, more than double what they held less than four years ago. Behind this build-up lies the enormous trade surpluses that Asia has registered with the rest of the world since the Asian financial crisis in 1997. Ordinarily you would ...

  8. Protesters shoot themselves in foot when they oppose free trade

    Posted Dec 13th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... in Asia, well, who cares? If textile workers in Bangladesh can compete with their Italian counterparts, then they must be cheating and not allowed to export their wares. Here is another one from yesterday's paper, this time from a representative of a South Korean farm workers union- 'Many farmers feel desperate as they can't make a living in Korea and they are deprived ...

  9. Economy exposed to high oil prices despite our energy efficiency

    Posted Jun 29th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp 'Hong Kong... is less dependent on oil than its manufacturing neighbours...' South China Morning Post June 28 TRUE AND NOT TRUE. The picture is a little ... with the true part first. It is definitely true that Hong Kong is one of the most efficient energy users in Asia, based on how many dollars of gross domestic product we make for each unit of energy we ...

  10. As US housing market weakens, ours gets stronger

    Posted Nov 28th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... lad. But I already know how HSBC will respond to this. They'll say they have grown too big for Asia, particularly as most Asian governments still lock the door whenever they see HSBC coming. There was no option for further growth but to look outside Asia. Perhaps, and I really don't care that much now that I've sold out the HSBC shares I've held for more than 10 ...




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