Jake Van Der Kamp

Jake Van Der Kamp

Jake van der Kamp is a native of the Netherlands, a Canadian citizen, and a longtime Hong Kong resident. He started as a South China Morning Post business reporter in 1978, soon made a career change to investment analyst and returned to the newspaper in 1998 as a financial columnist.

Latest from Jake Van Der Kamp

The tale of murkiness that is the Lok Ma Chau Loop
Why is Hong Kong upset about an export industry that doesn’t exist? Look to Beijing for the answer
Try this for an idea: Hong Kong’s fiscal surplus gives us the ability to cut taxes and spur innovation
China refusal to apologise for CCTV blackface skit all wrong
Plug Hong Kong Disney’s bottomless cash sinkhole forever and ever, and use its magic land for homes
Jake's View | China’s got a trade problem that can’t be solved by Belt and Road

Take away the trade surpluses with the US and European Union, and China has pretty much consistently run a big trade deficit with the rest of the world

19 Feb 2018 - 11:02PM

Take away the trade surpluses with the US and European Union, and China has pretty much consistently run a big trade deficit with the rest of the world

China’s got a trade problem that can’t be solved by Belt and Road
Hong Kong’s Transport Department has its head poked deep into the sand
Why are Hong Kong bureaucrats such misers when it comes to spending on needed services?
Jake's View | Guess again if you think the MPF has outperformed inflation

Statistics that show the Mandatory Provident Fund outpacing inflation shouldn’t be trusted

12 Feb 2018 - 11:54PM

Statistics that show the Mandatory Provident Fund outpacing inflation shouldn’t be trusted

Guess again if you think the MPF has outperformed inflation
Jake's View | Boast of rail gun tech shows the risks of a command economy

A command economy is much better than a market economy at moving special projects rapidly to completion. There are no budget debates, no public consultations and no required licences or permits. But whether they end with a bang or with a whimper, command economies carry their doom with them

11 Feb 2018 - 8:34AM

A command economy is much better than a market economy at moving special projects rapidly to completion. There are no budget debates, no public consultations and no required licences or permits. But whether they end with a bang or with a whimper, command economies carry their doom with them

Boast of rail gun tech shows the risks of a command economy
Hong Kong’s housing shortage is not one of needs but of aspirations
Dodgy mathematics puts the break even point of Hong Kong’s high-speed rail forever away
Jake's View | Mainland stock listings are taking Hong Kong rules for granted

ZhongAn Online’s news of a huge boom in car insurance revenues is clearly something that could affect the stock’s share price. But on the Hong Kong exchange’s announcement board there was nothing about this. Company officials, however, were quite willing to tell one of our reporters

4 Feb 2018 - 12:57AM

ZhongAn Online’s news of a huge boom in car insurance revenues is clearly something that could affect the stock’s share price. But on the Hong Kong exchange’s announcement board there was nothing about this. Company officials, however, were quite willing to tell one of our reporters

Mainland stock listings are taking Hong Kong rules for granted
Let’s not kid ourselves: money on Hong Kong’s high-speed rail can be better spent elsewhere
Jake's View | To see the fallacy of Trump’s intellectual rights charge, shall we all pay China for the use of paper?

Intellectual property protection does more to inhibit creativity than to promote it. We reward people to stop other people from making use of ideas that are really attributable to all of society.

30 Jan 2018 - 12:09AM

Intellectual property protection does more to inhibit creativity than to promote it. We reward people to stop other people from making use of ideas that are really attributable to all of society.

To see the fallacy of Trump’s intellectual rights charge, shall we all pay China for the use of paper?
Money laundering and the fuss over ATM withdrawals in Hong Kong
What happens when the justice secretary’s very action encourage people to disrespect the law?
Arithmetic with Chinese characteristics, where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole
Why go easy on Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng in illegal structures saga?
Has the securities regulator taken  a step too far with its ill-defined request for cooperation?
Americans love the goods China’s factories make, even as the White House itches for a trade war
Too busy? Teresa Cheng’s book says it’s not a defence
The issue of illegal structures is a time bomb, not a lack of political sensitivity
Let the search begin for viable alternatives to the world’s fiat currencies. Is bitcoin the answer?
When it comes to co-location, it’s all about who is in control
Hong Kong’s joint rail checkpoint shows the emperor is not always far away, and never out of mind
This Christmas, Americans would do well to remember who they owe their gifts and prosperity to
Why did Hong Kong replace our ‘One Share, One Vote’ principle for dual-class stocks?
Hong Kong courts on dangerous ground in a battle over free speech
Yes, Hong Kong’s an expensive city, but don’t put too much store by those cost of living surveys