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  1. 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

    ... Jake van der Kamp Don't panic, retail sales index doesn't tell whole story The grim performance of Hong Kong's retail sales continued in June, producing the worst first-half ... 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
  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

    ... Jake van der Kamp Jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com Despite its No 2 world ranking, the aircraft maintenance company's best days may be behind them with their labour shortages likely to worsen Haeco grounded by elite bank jobs that pay more A shortage of labour is limiting Hong Kong's position in the aircraft maintenance industry even though it is home to the world's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1573126/haeco-grounded-elite-bank-jobs-pay-more
  3. 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

    ... this year. At one time this did not matter. Income from public-sale housing, the Home Ownership Scheme, covered the cost of building rental flats. And when HOS was finally wound down in 2004, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1549258/housing-authority-must-raise-public-housing-rents-or-run-out-money
  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Let's cut plot sizes to a minimum

    Posted Oct 04th 2012, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... 3 The difficulty with the plots offered for sale is not their sizes but their prices. Our government demands all the development value of the land it sells up front and only developers with seriously big ... putting all land on a leasehold basis and selling the leases. This system can work reasonably when prices are low and land in plentiful supply. It starts to break down when sale or conversion ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1053310/lets-cut-plot-sizes-minimum
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Police can handle Occupy protest, so why the paranoia from Beijing?

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 03:25am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... advance. It is how society works out where public effort should go. But while public security officials in Beijing do not have to put up with such notions at home, it frustrates them enormously ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1552875/police-can-handle-occupy-protest-so-why-paranoia-beijing
  6. 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

    ... that democracy is essential to Hong Kong's continued prosperity. I think it is essential to China's, too, but that's another matter. Hong Kong is my home. I have lived here for 35 years ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1547561/my-seven-hours-july-1-march-was-worth-it-hong-kong
  7. Property - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong's simple answer to its industrial land space puzzle

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:06am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... industries moved to a more natural home on the mainland. But, of course, much of what we include in industrial production serves our domestic economy rather than consisting of export goods. Examples ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/article/1545172/hong-kongs-simple-answer-its-industrial-land-space-puzzle
  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Rise in interest rates is something to welcome, not worry about

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:05am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... not thought of that when we put the peg in place 30 years ago. We accepted the wisdom of the Fed and thought we ran in danger from fools only at home. Professor Chan's problem is that he is looking at the wrong danger. It is not that home prices will fall and grumbling homeowners will join the Occupy Central movement. It is rather that home prices will continue to rise and deprive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1543904/rise-interest-rates-something-welcome-not-worry-about
  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Social responsibility should begin and end with the law

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 12:51am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... are obligated to do if your company's business is selling lamps? Aside from resolving to sell lamps honestly, how does a lamp sales company promote social harmony? And one thought then soon comes ... on sales of incandescent light bulbs. No, said Philips. We are all in favour of banning incandescent bulbs but that ban must be imposed by government on all distributors. Otherwise smaller firms ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1535837/social-responsibility-should-begin-and-end-law
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Industrial buildings rethink runs into home truths

    Posted Jul 18th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... by them Industrial buildings rethink runs into home truths A proposal to convert industrial buildings into "transitional accommodation" is not a sound option to help people who ... consumers. It is a good proxy for overall industrial production, and it says industrial activity is running at only about 44 per cent of the level of 20 years ago. Electricity sales have otherwise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1284956/industrial-buildings-rethink-runs-home-truths

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