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

    How John Tsang's 'cooling' measures turned up the heat on the poor

    Posted Feb 23rd 2014, 05:07am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... that magnet to the world's big crooks, still has a booming property market. This should not be surprising. Housing prices everywhere in recent years have been driven up not by shortages of supply ... sure. This needs a little refinement and we start with the pictures, as so often in these matters of supply, demand and price. The government publishes an official residential property price ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1433394/how-john-tsangs-cooling-measures-turned-heat-poor
  2. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Public housing plan is a case of too much, too late

    Posted Aug 01st 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... is not subject to such financial straits. However, we are now up in our ratio of public to private housing supply- from 50/50 to 60/40. Here we go again, with public rental housing at an average ... Public housing plan is a case of too much, too late "We have come to some consensus as to the future direction. Given the current demand, the government should take a more active role ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1293491/public-housing-plan-case-too-much-too-late
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Housing Authority has no business in being a shopping mall landlord

    Posted Jan 26th 2014, 05:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Authority has no business in being a shopping landlord "Let me repeat: the [housing] authority will continue to manage these commercial facilities and has no plans for further divestment." Duncan Pescod, Director of Housing Letters to the Editor, January 23 Note the tone of authority in this statement- "Let me repeat." It is rare these days ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1413662/housing-authority-has-no-business-being-shopping-mall
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    The limitations of government may sell us a pup on housing

    Posted Jan 20th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp The limitations of government may sell us a pup on housing "Supply shortage lies at the heart of the prevailing housing problem … the public and private sectors ... when the two of them heartily endorsed measures started by former governor Chris Patten to bring about a massive increase in housing supply. It looked to be the way of beating down a property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1131759/limitations-government-may-sell-us-pup-housing
  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Wasteful subsidies miss the point on real innovation

    Posted Mar 11th 2014, 12:53am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... it and this is done when they do not have to spend their entire working days struggling just to feed and house themselves. When prosperity reaches down to them, the result is a natural blossoming ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1445617/wasteful-subsidies-miss-point-real-innovation
  6. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Leung Chun-ying successfully resists employers' migrant labour demands

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 02:37am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... can be linked to tight labour supply. Few economic indicators show quite so close an inverse correlation in this town as unemployment and changes in the nominal wage index. I actually think ... that government will make it up to them. This is certainly how it has proved in public housing, a poverty-alleviation programme that, because of its scale, has effectively become an employer wage subsidy. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1406413/leung-chun-ying-successfully-resists-employers-migrant-labour
  7. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Tsang mistakes full employment (good) for a manpower shortage (bad)

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 11:19am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to put out a house fire and the bucket brigade is not long enough to stretch from the pond to the house. To speak of it in economic terms is to assume that there is likewise a pressing, ... for no unanimous opinion or even a majority. This is not to say we have no common goals. We are all agreed on the need for good housing, good medical care and good transport facilities, to name just a few ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1430943/tsang-mistakes-full-employment-good-manpower-shortage-bad
  8. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong doesn't need Morlocks from the Delta to fix labour woes

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 03:51pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... But he at least recognises one significant difficulty here. We simply don't have the housing to accommodate them. He therefore proposes that we wash our hands of this problem by telling them to find housing across the border and commute to work every day. It's the Singapore solution. Just close your eyes to their squalid living conditions. It has nothing to do with you if they do ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1434083/hong-kong-doesnt-need-morlocks-delta-fix-labour-woes
  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Plan for housing- not our dying ports

    Posted Nov 26th 2013, 03:02am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... for housing- not our dying ports "Transshipment is the last fort of Hong Kong's port business and if we lose that it will mark the end of our port." Alan Lee Yiu-kwong HK Container Terminal Operators Association SCMP, November 25 Mr Lee has thus complained to the Transport and Housing Bureau that ports across the border are illegally taking business from Hong Kong by inciting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1365657/plan-housing-not-our-dying-ports
  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    MPF 'scandal' of overcharging deserves scrutiny by SFC

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 01:24am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Provident Fund providers after Haitong International became the first fund house to waive investment management fees. SCMP, February 11 It's a promotional gimmick, of course. Haitong has only ... foreign-owned, finance houses. Let's cut to the chase. Let's say that Vanguard fund managers are twice as competent as MPF managers and can therefore do for 0.17 per cent what MPF managers can ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1426708/mpf-scandal-overcharging-deserves-scrutiny-sfc

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