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  1. 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, July 9 Ask and you shall receive. The Bible says so, the Securities and Futures Commission complied and the prophecy was fulfilled ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1556626/overpaid-box-tickers-sfc-leave-us-none-wiser-about-price
  2. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Haeco grounded by elite bank jobs that pay more

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 12:34am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... No 2 service provider. Business, August 11 That No 2 ranking in the aircraft maintenance business is a little dubious. It is done on the basis of market capitalisation, which means that any contender ... impressed me right from my investment analyst days when they used to offer us tours at Kai Tak once a year and showed how they had all the equipment to put together a Boeing 747 from the ground up. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1573126/haeco-grounded-elite-bank-jobs-pay-more
  3. Business - Banking & Finance - JAKE'S VIEW

    Easy way out for foreign inflows comes with a price in China

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 05:46am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... exchange reserves have become a big burden for us." Premier Li Keqiang Business, August 4 You might reasonably expect quite a number of lifted eyebrows in China at this sort of appraisal by the premier of its foreign reserves. After all, these reserves of US$4 trillion are by far the world's largest and almost the size of the annual gross domestic product of the United States. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1567901/easy-way-out-foreign-inflows-comes-price-china
  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Let the Hong Kong taxpayer off the hook for a new runway, please

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 12:25am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Hah! Now, you may protest that an airport brings us vast social benefits in such things as tourism and the vanity of being able to call ourselves a transport hub and we cannot possibly set ... the social feelings of appreciation. Why don't we do it the other way round for once? We'll put in the thrills of joy and let the social beneficiaries pay us hard cash for them. Just once? ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1571636/let-hong-kong-taxpayer-hook-new-runway-please
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Employers, and not just the minimum wage, distort Hong Kong labour market

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 04:50am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp It's employers who are best at distorting labour market "[The minimum wage] is an ineffective solution for addressing poverty, and its main outcome is to distort the labour market decisions of employers and employees. Professor ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1570078/employers-and-not-just-minimum-wage-distort-hong-kong-labour
  6. 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

    ... Economists mostly express this by saying that payments must balance. Thus, taking China as an example, last year the figures showed a merchandise trade surplus of US$360 billion. This represents ... 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, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1559951/chinas-currency-swap-deal-switzerland-just-plain-dumb
  7. 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

    ... of deposits, which we guaranteed six years ago, consisted of Hong Kong dollar deposits. The rest was all foreign currency. Deposits sourced from abroad, mostly US dollars, held in Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1566181/why-hk-needs-be-cautious-about-deposit-guarantee
  8. 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

    ... department's website. The latest from the HKMA is deputy chief executive Peter Pang Sing-tong, telling us in earnest well-meaning tones that water is wet, the sky is blue and therefore "the public ... for the peg to the US dollar says that interest rates will fall to near zero when there is a big inflow of money into Hong Kong. No one will then want to bring in Hong Kong dollars any longer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1561436/hong-kong-goes-flow-and-reaps-rewards-capital-movements
  9. 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 ... Settlements estimates that at the end of 2013 the total worldwide value outstanding for the over the counter derivatives markets was US$710 trillion. That's just the start of what you have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1563045/hong-kong-governments-reserves-are-not-big-enough-fight-financial-predators
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    'Grim' retail sales index tells only fraction of story

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 04:25am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... for gauging the short-term business performance of the local retail sector." This just evades the question, of course. Let me rephrase the answer- "Someone in authority pushed the Go button ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1565124/grim-retail-sales-index-tells-only-fraction-story

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