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  1. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Cross-border stock trading scheme is not a through train but a milk train

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 12:36am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... and worsen the income polarity of the society. It is what we have with this misnamed through train. And then it becomes increasingly likely that, as in Russia 25 years ago, the authorities will lose ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1482461/cross-border-stock-trading-scheme-not-through-train-milk-train
  2. 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

    ... could reduce this figure by as much as 10 per cent if we made certain reforms, which we did make, in booking of investment income. The present ratio of reserves to GDP is 77 per cent. Nuff said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1472157/long-hairs-pension-fund-filibuster-grand-idea
  3. 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

    ... it also works its way into the pay structure of those who participate in it. The bribe is shared down the ranks and becomes a regular and reliable part of everyone's annual income ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1467731/xi-jinping-may-be-over-his-head-anti-corruption-crusade
  4. 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

    ... are also us. All we would do this way is divide society more sharply into a few haves and many have-nots. These have-nots might see lower prices for housing but, with lower incomes, their housing ... rung up the development ladder. Pointless jobs vanish, income distribution becomes more equitable, and people live better. It is the reward that a successful economy pays those who made ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1430943/tsang-mistakes-full-employment-good-manpower-shortage-bad
  5. 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

    ... also does not stay. The income balance on the current account is negative to the tune of 5 per cent of GDP (in Hong Kong, it's 1.2 per cent of GDP positive) as the foreign investors pay ...

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

    Reit tax machinations just much ado about nothing

    Posted Feb 02nd 2014, 03:06am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... as the right boxes are ticked. But the real debate is about tax. Let's take a step back here. Reits are an American idea to give small investors direct participation in rental income from big ... of their earnings in dividends. Uncle Sam then collects his toll lower down in the form of dividend, income, and capital gains taxes on the reit unit holder. Reits have undoubtedly been very successful ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1418676/reit-tax-machinations-just-much-ado-about-nothing
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Walled-off land revenues keep the fat cats purring

    Posted Jan 19th 2014, 02:53am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... land revenues nosedived. He was so embarrassed by this that he set up a separate capital-works reserve fund. In the future, he said, all income from land sales would go into this fund ... investment income. We classify it as recurrent income, but from the 2000 to 2002 fiscal years, it dropped from HK$36.8 billion to HK$331 million, a fall of more than 99 per cent. Some recurrence. So ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1408599/walled-land-revenues-keep-fat-cats-purring
  8. 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

    ... the HK$3 billion Low Income Working Family Allowance, which is expected to benefit more than 700,000 people, will be less effective in alleviating poverty. Assistance of this kind can achieve its ... role in meeting the balance of demand and the fulcrum of the wage scale inevitably moves to higher wages. It is the best way of reducing income inequality in any economy and Mr Leung seems ...

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

    Subsidies for industrial jobs a waste of money

    Posted Jan 07th 2014, 01:05am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... on many counts. In the first place, it is economically foolish. I thought this government had pledged itself to reducing income polarity. That means standing back when rising prosperity and full ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1399291/subsidies-industrial-jobs-waste-money
  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Rising wages pay off in the end for a World City

    Posted Nov 19th 2013, 12:42am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... of growing income polarity. Crude measures like minimum wage legislation will never meaningfully narrow the gap. If we want this society to move upmarket and truly deserve that self-bestowed accolade of Asia's World City, then we shall just have to take the pain of these income adjustments. This may include eating out less often or at less classy restaurants as menu prices outstrip the general ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1359733/rising-wages-pay-end-world-city

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