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  1. News - Hong Kong - JAKE'S VIEW

    We must not change our tune for the copyright trolls

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:57am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... bogus rights for sale as tradable commercial propositions. This, in large measure, is the reality of what our bureaucrats refer to when they talk of making Hong Kong an intellectual property ... of we-gotta-do-it-cuz-Singapore-does. We have already gone much too far with the Jackie Chan law that prohibits the sale of legitimately copyrighted materials if the copyright owner does not also expressly appoint ...

  2. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Sales jockeys sending yuan customers on to the rocks

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 12:47am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Financial products based on confidence in an ever-rising yuan may turn out to be disastrous for buyers, given the currency's recent decline Sales jockeys sending ... to people? Simple. As Jake's Sixth Rule of Investment holds, for every word you add to the instrument's name, you add at least 1 per cent to the fee. A bank sales jockey (personal financial ...

  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Cross-border stock trading scheme is not a through train but a milk train

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 12:36am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Hom station. You would then wonder why you had bothered when, with the traffic jams these days, the short ride home from Hung Hom would take you as long again. With this new direct share ...

  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Alibaba conjures up 'fantasy' returns

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 12:51am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Ponzi. Maybe it's true that I don't understand how things really work because it certainly is a mystery to me how an e-trade website can find a sound investment home for a daily tsunami ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Taxpayers should not pay for a third runway … but they will

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 05:09am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... nothing on the subject other than that it would be dealt with later. I assume it had already been dealt with. We, the taxpaying public will pay for this project out of sales of our greatest ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Inventive 'circuit breaker' metaphor hides its true meaning

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 01:14am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... they practise and "circuit breaker" is one of the more inventive. The imagery is obvious. The circuit breaker panel installed in your home is a fire prevention measure. Overload your ... this as an object lesson that there is a flaw in your algorithm. There is nothing quite like a stinging loss to drive the point home. All is still to the good. It rarely gets this far, however. Other ...

  9. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Welfarism of corporate kind is the real problem

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:24am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... projects. One reason we are afflicted with them is that rotten boroughs, a form of electoral constituency abandoned by Britain at home in 1830s, were recreated by Britain in Hong Kong in the 1990s ...

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

    Walled-off land revenues keep the fat cats purring

    Posted Jan 19th 2014, 02:53am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... land revenues nosedived. He was so embarrassed by this that he set up a separate capital-works reserve fund. In the future, he said, all income from land sales would go into this fund and it could only be used for infrastructure projects. Why land-sale revenue should be declared off limits to all other public uses in a fiscal system that is fundamentally dependent on land sales ...




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