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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Authorities would be wise to mind the income gap

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 05:16am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Please mind the income gap According to a study on minimum wage and purchasing power in this newspaper last Wednesday, Hong Kong's HK$30-per-hour rate is enough to buy ... are put together, however, they may give some insights on income distribution in our society. While an hour's wage for the 98,000 lowest paid workers cannot even buy two Big Macs, thousands ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1571512/authorities-would-be-wise-mind-income-gap
  2. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW JAKE

    Jobs cry an excuse to continue income disparity

    Posted May 22nd 2014, 01:15am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com HK needs to rise to the level of the great democracies if everyone is to have a better life Jobs cry an excuse to continue income disparity ... is that they have the time and energy to do it after the daily grind of just staying alive and hiding from the exactions of the more powerful. The great democracies generally have better income equality. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1517426/jobs-cry-excuse-continue-income-disparity
  3. Comment - Letters

    Pilot scheme would help couples on lower incomes own a home

    Posted Apr 24th 2014, 03:47am by LETTERS

    ... SCMP Editorial Pilot scheme would help couples on lower incomes own a home The Hong Kong Civic Association supports the suggestion of the steering committee on population policy in its ... Young working couples in the lower middle-income class in Hong Kong's population profile are undeniably important to the future growth and prosperity of the Hong Kong SAR. Support ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1495386/pilot-scheme-would-help-couples-lower-incomes-own-home
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Paper Talk, September 20, 2014

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 04:40am by Nelson Cheng

    ... with his wife's falls within the HK$44,000 monthly household income limit to qualify to buy a Home Ownership Scheme flat. Their salaries now total HK$50,000 a month. He said he could save only ... Authority said it would be raising the income limit at the end of the year.   Tuesday, Apple Daily 10-year-old boy's death caused by rare virus A 10-year-old boy who died after falling ill ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1596281/paper-talk-september-20-2014
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    High property prices boost appeal of office refurbishment

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 03:39pm by William Taam

    ... opportunity to improve the income and performance of an older building in most city-centre locations. A recent Arcadis report entitled "Office Refurbishment in Global Cities" showed ... locations. Just like any other form of investment, there are risks during the refurbishment process. It could result in loss of income and tenants, even though cities such as Shanghai and Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1593800/high-property-prices-boost-appeal-office-refurbishment
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's 'new normal' of slower growth is to be welcomed

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 12:37pm by YAO YANG

    ... rapidly, from its 2007 peak of more than 10 per cent of gross domestic product to about 2 per cent of GDP today. This rebalancing has helped to improve China's income distribution. Indeed, in recent years, labour's share of national income has been on the rise. That has meant greater regional balance as well: the coastal provinces, which produce more than 85 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1595919/chinas-new-normal-slower-growth-be-welcomed
  7. Comment - Letters

    Change way property is taxed to ease supply and prevent hoarding

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:22am by LETTERS

    ... countries. A higher rental income tax should be imposed, as well as a yearly capital gains tax on investment property. Tax exemption should only apply to a person's primary residence. Landlords ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1594903/change-way-property-taxed-ease-supply-and-prevent-hoarding
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong should reform its tax structure to redistribute wealth

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 11:53am by DAVID LUI

    ... policies to raise more revenue and fund increases in public spending. Asia's tax revenue base remains small by global standards. One option is to increase personal income tax. Another is to introduce a consumption or corrective tax. Taxes on property, capital gains and inheritance are naturally progressive, claiming a higher portion of income from the rich than the poor. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1581091/hong-kong-should-reform-its-tax-structure-redistribute-wealth
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHITE COLLAR

    SFC suffers wider loss, but still a rich regulator

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 09:40am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu With reserves inflated by income linked to turnover, it should switch to more stable source SFC's riches showit's time to changerevenue model The Securities and Futures ... quarter-on-quarter fall in average daily turnover to HK$60 billion that saw the SFC's levy income also fall 17 per cent, to HK$231 million. But there's no need to worry too much because ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1580503/sfc-suffers-wider-loss-still-rich-regulator
  10. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    The rapid pace of technology is hollowing out the middle class

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 05:34am by Howard Winn

    ... income. The four indicators more or less moved in lockstep for three decades after the war. In the '80s median wages began to decouple from the rest and in the early 21st century jobs started ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1595538/rapid-pace-technology-hollowing-out-middle-class

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