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  1. Beware debt elephant that may trample Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 09th 2009, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... banks now issuing dire warnings that fiscal deficits must be trimmed and debt reduced. But, in Hong Kong, where the government routinely runs a fiscal surplus rather than deficit and has mammoth ... be more than is good for Hong Kong's financial health. First, this bond market would compete closely with a US dollar market; all the more closely because the currencies are linked and Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/686210/beware-debt-elephant-may-trample-hong-kong
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Vital aspect missing from the Shanghai through train-trust

    Posted Nov 16th 2014, 06:16am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to work. It relates the nominal performance of the Hong Kong economy to the record of the Hang Seng Index on the same basis of January 2000 equals 100. That stock market line bounces about a good deal but the link to the economy is clear. Tomorrow the Stock Connect through train is set to leave the station. Hong Kong and Shanghai will be able to trade each other's stocks through ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1640823/vital-aspect-missing-shanghai-through-train-trust
  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Let the Hong Kong taxpayer off the hook for a new runway, please

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 12:25am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... the issues. Here is an example: "Besides, it would be inconvenient and time-consuming if travellers had to use [Pearl River Delta] airports instead of our own airport in Hong Kong." I agree. ... the convenience, shouldn't you be the one who pays the price? Why should the Hong Kong taxpayer pay it for you? The issue here is not primarily the Chinese white dolphins (CWDs, as these sponsored ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1571636/let-hong-kong-taxpayer-hook-new-runway-please
  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Keep Hong Kong airport for wide-body jets and ditch need for third runway

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 01:17am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Kok and they now consider the privilege their right. But there is a very good way of letting the truth out here. Let the mighty Hong Kong dollar speak. If the airlines think that a third ... these auctions becomes sufficient to satisfy financial markets that the airport can service a HK$200 billion bond issue, then we can hit the Go button on a third runway. And if it is not sufficient, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1554322/keep-hong-kong-airport-wide-body-jets-and-ditch-need-third-runway
  5. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Retire these amateurish efforts at pension reform

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 02:33pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... developments in Hong Kong, members [of the commission on poverty] agreed that it has to be taken forward prudently and that more time is needed to examine the report and discuss relevant issues ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1582903/retire-these-amateurish-efforts-pension-reform
  6. Health warning helps balance missing element in retail sales data

    Posted Jun 09th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... sales statistics include spending by visitors to Hong Kong but exclude spending by Hong Kong residents abroad. The reason they do so is that they are intended as a short-term indicator of how ... Hong Kong consumers are buying, then things should be the other way round with spending by visitors excluded and spending by Hong Kong residents abroad included. All of this has implications ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/503714/health-warning-helps-balance-missing-element-retail-sales-data
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Let's not do away with Hong Kong's stock transaction stamp duties; they're worth the money

    Posted Oct 20th 2013, 06:31am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Let's not do away with stock transaction stamp duties Hong Kong should scrap its stamp duty on share trading Headline, Monitor column October 18 An old veteran ... greater than the HK$20 billion income from the stamp duty last year. For my part, I say that this particular stamp duty is Hong Kong's reward for maintaining rule of law. Even if we ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1335717/lets-not-do-away-hong-kongs-stock-transaction-stamp-duties
  8. Sorry, legislators, you can't have your Link cake and eat it, too

    Posted May 12th 2006, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... the great evil of buying a few shares of the Link, is he or she no longer 'grass roots'? I wonder, you see, because a good number of ordinary Hong Kong people did buy into the Link ... demonstrate that the standards of upkeep have so deteriorated as to create a health hazard, then you have government agencies aplenty with which you can lay a complaint. If you cannot demonstrate it, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/548376/sorry-legislators-you-cant-have-your-link-cake-and-eat-it-too
  9. If Tamar issue is about greens versus jobs, then let's have greens

    Posted Jun 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... protection take priority over people's jobs? If the bread-winner does not have a job, how can he provide for his family's needs?' Choi Chun-wa Chairman Hong Kong Construction Industry ... at the rate that air pollution in particular is building up in Hong Kong these days, we run in distinct danger of losing those jobs anyway. Ours is a service economy and service jobs have wings ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/553829/if-tamar-issue-about-greens-versus-jobs-then-lets-have-greens
  10. Hullabaloo over new mainland issues masks lowering of standards

    Posted Sep 29th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... it brings great benefit to Hong Kong. It does get us a high profile in the financial press, I shall grant you. The financial press has a way of thinking about these things as investment bankers do ... money than Hong Kong. A little Singapore bashing is always good for a tickle. The chart shows you the relative standings over the past 10 years. But what does it really bring us? Well, I suppose ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/518290/hullabaloo-over-new-mainland-issues-masks-lowering-standards

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