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  1. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Housing- not science- is the best use of land at Science Park's fourth phase

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 04:42am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... away the site of the proposed Phase 4 of Science Park for housing and, right on schedule, Science Park launches a study to discover new uses for Phase 4. They will be fashionable ones, too, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1588170/housing-not-science-best-use-land-science-parks-fourth-phase
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Don't change listing rules until lawyers have to change theirs

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 05:23am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... for banning distorted voting rights in listed companies is that it helps keep those wretched IT companies off our market. Yes, I know that some of them have been spectacular winners. But for every ... The Hong Kong exchange was actually willing to listen to the plea that its founders be given preferential voting rights but insisted they would have to feel at least some of the pain ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1581986/dont-change-listing-rules-until-lawyers-have-change-theirs
  3. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Funding must be front and centre in debate on third runway

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 02:18pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... that the runway would be certain to go ahead. Events are now falling right in line with that game plan. As a fall-back ploy, however, they also came up with the stratagem of saying that we must first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1584400/funding-must-be-front-and-centre-debate-third-runway
  4. 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

    ... 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
  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

    ... of the minimum wage as a broad social measure, and Richard Wong may be right in saying it does not work as such. But if it succeeded in easing the plight of elderly toilet cleaners, and it did, then that was a scandal redressed and a successful measure on this count alone. I am not sure, however, that Richard is entirely right in saying that it is an ineffective solution. I accept that he is right when ...

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

    ... answer: no, they are not. The premier is absolutely right in calling them a big burden. They are actually not even savings. The People's Bank of China, the official holder, is in hock ... They have no monetary effect. They are not kept cold but pumped right back into circulation when exchanged for foreign currency. In addition, the banking system loses money on them. The PBOC pays ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1567901/easy-way-out-foreign-inflows-comes-price-china
  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

    ... as a staging post and then directed right back abroad by people who might or might not have any other connection with Hong Kong, were guaranteed in full by the fiscal savings built up through your ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1566181/why-hk-needs-be-cautious-about-deposit-guarantee
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    HK Electric may be right about idea of importing power from mainland China

    Posted Jun 08th 2014, 05:30am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... turbine plants, assuming that we rule out nuclear because of the Fukushima disaster. But with no urgent, pressing need for more power right now, the question comes down to whether mainland power ... that government must have direct input in key industries and, secondly, that sales to Hong Kong would be paid for in hard currency rather than funny money. I think HK Electric has the right ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1527546/hk-electric-may-be-right-about-idea-importing-power-mainland
  9. 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

    ... The retail sales survey that goes into making up the retail sales index covers only 31 per cent of retail sales in Hong Kong. That's right, fewer than one-third of total retail sales. It used ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1565124/grim-retail-sales-index-tells-only-fraction-story
  10. 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

    ... was first mooted. Hong Kong University has two new ones and they are right up to mark. I went to a piano recital at one of them recently. More are coming. There was a time when the West Kowloon ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1557771/trees-just-start-axe-swinging-needed-west-kowloon-arts-hub

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