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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  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

    ... 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. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong's hi-tech love affair can only end in heartbreak

    Posted May 27th 2014, 12:37am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... yet to find that more than a fifth have anything to do with the leading edge of technology. They are mostly sales and distribution offices for foreign brand names, all chortling at the cheap ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1519772/hong-kongs-hi-tech-love-affair-can-only-end-heartbreak
  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Li Ka-shing's stake in investment property is far less than what it seems

    Posted May 13th 2014, 01:03am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... It is a very capital intensive business, often requiring multibillion-dollar payments for land with the money only to be recouped several years later from sales of completed developments ... the money for the land purchase from a bank and then finance construction from pre-sales of units in the development. He may not have to put up any of his own money at all. Of course if it all goes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1510838/li-ka-shings-stake-investment-property-far-less-what-it-seems

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