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  1. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Problem of corruption lies with a state economy

    Posted Sep 30th 2014, 04:32am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... they will. Corruption is the normal state of things for a big state-run economy in which capital allocation is made by fiat decision from the centre. That's just the nature of the way that money ...

  2. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    No, it wouldn’t make any difference

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 10:39am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... years, the result largely of the ever-rising cost of military technology. Most people naturally form themselves in much smaller communities. In Europe they traditionally did so under the aegis ... the EU and its natural member communities? In southern French towns along the Spanish border two years ago I saw the Catalan red and gold flag everywhere and not a French tricolor in sight, ...

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

    Distant central bankers drive home prices up in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 03:56am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... in the hands of academics rather than professional bankers and, in typically simplistic academic thinking, they believe they can eliminate the natural economic cycle by pumping money into cyclical ...

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

    Employers, and not just the minimum wage, distort Hong Kong labour market

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 04:50am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... we consider the world overall. Income polarity and unemployment result when the world's labour market is not allowed to find its natural price level. But we are not talking here ...

  5. 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

    ... environment of Kai Tak Airport, which was highly constrained and fully stretched. At the time it was natural for airlines to maximise each valuable slot by deploying the biggest aircraft possible. ...

  6. Property - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong's simple answer to its industrial land space puzzle

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:06am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... industries moved to a more natural home on the mainland. But, of course, much of what we include in industrial production serves our domestic economy rather than consisting of export goods. Examples ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance - JAKE'S VIEW

    Let natural selection work on stockbroker extinction

    Posted Nov 17th 2013, 03:20am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Let natural selection finish its job on stockbrokers A statutory stockbrokers' association is needed to set rules to stop cut-throat competition as a commissions war ... and at what price. But we shall refrain. The point is that natural selection did indeed operate and, 20 years later, the number of so-called market participants had declined to 470. This is still ...

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

    HK Electric may be right about idea of importing power from mainland China

    Posted Jun 08th 2014, 05:30am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... turbine plants, assuming that we rule out nuclear because of the Fukushima disaster. But with no urgent, pressing need for more power right now, the question comes down to whether mainland power ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    This city's legal system courts disaster for the poor

    Posted Apr 04th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com By criminalising lawyers who work on a no-win, no-fee basis, Hong Kong maintains justice as the exclusive preserve of those who can afford it This city's legal system courts disaster for the poor A barrister was sentenced to 3½ years' jail yesterday for what a judge said were "obnoxious" deals to buy into his clients' ...

  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Li Ka-shing's stake in investment property is far less than what it seems

    Posted May 13th 2014, 01:03am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... a study by a central government think tank. SCMP, May 10 And just how would it have that result? Let us first consider the nature of property development, Mr Li's primary business. ...




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