“Every adult human being is an investment expert. Life is an investment exercise and you are your own best investment adviser.”

Jake van der Kamp is a native of the Netherlands, a citizen of Canada and a resident of Hong Kong. In his earlier years in Hong Kong he worked as an investment analyst and research director for Sun Hung Kai Securities, Hoare Govett Asia and Morgan Stanley Asia. He covered stock markets from South Korea to India, overseeing the work of up to 50 analysts and advising clients in Europe and America as well as Asia. He subsequently made a career shift to journalism, writing a widely read daily column on investment and finance for Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. During this time he was also director of a Singapore-based hedge fund and, for a period, the treasurer of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong.

In his new book he returns to his career interests and offers a “how to” manual on investment. He argues that you are already your own best adviser on when and what investments to make – and you should rely on investment professionals only for advice on how and where to do so.

This book gives the reader an understanding of investment fundamentals, sets out an overview of markets across Asia, explains private/public sector tensions in investments, but above all will give readers self-confidence in their investment choices. It was Bookazine’s “Book of the Week” at the start of May and is now available in bookshops across Hong Kong.