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  1. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Survey skewing is simple if you ask the right questions

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 12:52am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... if you ask right questions Global institutional investors are urging Hong Kong not to change its listing rules even after losing the mega listing of e-commerce giant Alibaba, according ... just the right way. Leading questions that you cannot answer with any credit to yourself are old hat and respondents recognise them. It is no good when flogging toothpaste, for instance, ...

  2. 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

    ... It was only a limited temporary right. Now, however, we have such bizarre oddities as Happy Birthday copyrighted. There is a reason you never hear it sung in the movies. The studio has to pay up ... 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 ...

  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Long Hair's pension fund filibuster a grand idea

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 12:57am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... transfer 33 times as much from our reserves to such a fund without any real danger to the government's fiscal position. That's right. As the chart shows, our free fiscal reserves now ... reserves actually stand at HK$3 trillion and the difference between this and my HK$1.65 trillion represents money to which others have prior rights. This mostly consists of backing for banknotes ...

  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Xi Jinping may be in over his head with anti-corruption crusade

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 01:04am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp President's bid to root out graft threatens the system's foundation, and could destroy him Crusading Xi may be in over his head President Xi Jinping has said before that the fight against corruption would "go after the tigers as well as the flies", meaning no one was immune. China Briefing SCMP, April 7 Let's examine three scenarios ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - JAKE'S VIEW

    It's time for our civil servants to work on being happy- not miserable

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 03:55am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... South China Morning Post, April 4 You can see the stream of them five days a week after the bell rings, pouring out of the Tamar government offices and down the steps to the Admiralty MTR, ...

  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Occupy Central is no threat to Hongkong Land's earnings

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 05:16am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... me today for the right to receive $100 from me in a year's time? Did I hear $99? Done deal. Pass me that $99. Oh, you just changed that to $90, did you? No go, I'm not dealing. What ... that the market will set on these earnings? That's a tough question, that is. For a clue to the answer hold up your right hand and crook your index finger so that it touches the tip of your thumb. ...

  7. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Wasteful subsidies miss the point on real innovation

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

    ... Computer. But things quickly settle down again. Sony is a sad relic of its heyday and Microsoft was never really anything but a one-client law firm set up to establish and protect rights to ideas ... is possible a little further out. The innovators are many and mostly anonymous, adding their own little ideas to the small part they know of the stream. They are to be found everywhere that human ...

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

    UBS rate transgressions in Hong Kong are not what they appear to be

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 03:47am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... free to tweak the quote they offer to suit how they are otherwise positioned in the market. And I think they are absolutely right to do it that way. They owe it to their employers ... it with them, is to say, "Right guys, go find someone else to quote Hibor for you then. We're out." Oh, they have already done it, have they? Good thinking. ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong dances to the money laundering tune

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 12:50am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... No actual crime need be proven. Our colonial lawmakers wrote a fundamental premise of civil rights right out of the law books. That word "reasonable", since you asked, for all effective ... laundering conviction right through to the Court of Final Appeal. Justice has a chance there. jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com ...

  10. 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

    ... yuan customers on to the rocks China's central bank has decided to double the daily trading band for the yuan against the US dollar from tomorrow, marking a step forward in giving ... the yuan only goes up a few notches. And guess what, says the sales jockey, we've got just the thing for you right here. Not everyone who is given the pitch bites. I am sure most people do ...




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