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

    Distant central bankers drive home prices up in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 03:56am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Distant central bankers drive HK home prices up The European Central Bank cut interest rates to a record low yesterday and launched a new scheme that could push €500 ... are not the problem. Nor is the problem a shortage of residential space. There is always a shortage. People always prefer to live in larger, better located homes, and, when young, to move out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1586672/distant-central-bankers-drive-home-prices-hong-kong
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    By delaying release of iPhone 6 in mainland China, Apple encourages fakes

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 04:39am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... that the iPhone6 will be available only in silver, gold and grey when it goes on sale in Hong Kong on Friday, and it will not be available in the mainland for another week. But you can always check if you ... to the public in China when it was all supposed to be kept secret for the big announcement at home. "We'll show them," says boss Tim Cook. "We'll release a week late in China. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1591804/delaying-release-iphone-6-mainland-china-apple-encourages
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Rule of law and obeying the law are two different things

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 03:36am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... But is there anyone in the world today who would say that he should not have done it, that he should have put that piece of salt back on the beach and told his followers to go home and obey the authorities? ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1596957/rule-law-and-obeying-law-are-two-different-things
  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong's anti-money-laundering laws make a mockery out of justice

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 03:23am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... and the transfer of some funds into it. But it was enough to qualify the prison sentence as a Hong Kong score on FATF's books. Antonio, you were way out of your depth. Stay home ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1593408/hong-kongs-anti-money-laundering-laws-makes-mockery-out-justice
  5. 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
  6. 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
  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. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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