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  1. 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

    ... solution, but a worse one is to call for a free market on one side of this equation and then actively distort it on the other. ...

  2. 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

    ... Jake van der Kamp When a government backs liabilities but gives crooks free rein over assets, it invites a crisis Depositors must be wary of Norman's guarantees At the onset ... thrift and hard work. In fact, the guarantee was made without sufficient assets to back it. The foreign currency deposits at the time outweighed our free fiscal savings by more than three to one. ...

  3. 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

    ... arrayed against you if your so-called "financial predators" decide to take you on. It's about 3,500 times what you have in free fiscal reserves. You haven't a hope of building ...

  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Housing Authority must raise public housing rents or run out of money

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 12:45am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... subsidised with free land, the biggest treasure we have in the public purse. What to do? Quite simple, say I. We already pay public housing tenants to live in public housing. They don't pay us. ...

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

    My seven hours on July 1 march was worth it for Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 03:47am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... and it is for democracy in Hong Kong that I marched. I am a classic Liberal. I stand for free choice. Several things struck me on the march. First, it was a Hong Kong crowd through and through. I heard ...

  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Long Hair's pension fund filibuster a grand idea

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 12:57am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... transfer 33 times as much from our reserves to such a fund without any real danger to the government's fiscal position. That's right. As the chart shows, our free fiscal reserves now stand at HK$1.65 trillion, which is 33 times more than Long Hair proposes for his universal pension fund. By free fiscal reserves I mean savings unencumbered by any other liabilities. Our total ...

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

    Free-trade Shanghai will trigger brief tsunami of cash flowing out, that's all

    Posted Sep 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Free-trade Shanghai a brief tsunami, not twilight of HK Beijing's landmark plan to create a Hong Kong-like free trade zone in Shanghai- the mainland's biggest ... and bowling them over. Let's say Premier Li Keqiang really does open a free yuan zone in Shanghai, a district where every financial concern registered as having an official presence can exchange ...

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

    Exports a handy fudge when playing the Hong Kong GDP numbers game

    Posted May 18th 2014, 03:35am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to the paperwork, where a profit margin is magically added. The China taxman cannot tax this and ours will not. The goods then proceed on their way tax free. Let's put this into perspective. We ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Global yuan meets down-to-earth reality

    Posted May 08th 2014, 12:51am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... counterpart. I assume the purpose was the same. In order to lead a trouble-free corporate life across the border, a bank must periodically demonstrate that it has joined the choir singing the praises ... to keep up appearances.   Shanghai is to be a pilot free-trade zone and Beijing has approved cross-trading between the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges, all evidence of an unwavering ...

  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    US dollar peg to blame for high private rentals in Hong Kong

    Posted May 06th 2014, 12:32am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com Hong Kong is forced to follow as a negligent and scared Fed keeps interest rates at record low levels in a vain attempt to lift the economy US dollar peg to blame for high private rentals [French economist Thomas] Piketty states that unrestrained capitalism and free markets have caused great inequality... In Hong Kong this can clearly ...




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