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  1. 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

    ... Jake van der Kamp We must not change our tune for the copyright trolls Hong Kong's copyright protection term is now 50 years, which also lags behind its regional competitors, such as Singapore and South Korea, which are in line with the growing international norm of 70 years. Letters to the editor, April 10 On any question of the day, a good test of whether we are being set up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1478975/we-must-not-change-our-tune-copyright-trolls
  2. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Wasteful subsidies miss the point on real innovation

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

    ... advised the city's government to invest more in innovation and technology to improve competitiveness and not to focus solely on poverty relief. SCMP, March 7 I have my doubts about the effectiveness of the poverty relief measures administered by our government but I am certainly much surprised to hear that it focuses solely on poverty relief. Where did Mr Li get the notion? I have ...

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

    Alibaba conjures up 'fantasy' returns

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 12:51am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... of two billion yuan at interest rates no bank will pay. But lest anyone think that we are immune from this financial exuberance, I present two charts. The blue line on the first shows the Hong Kong banking sector's exposure to non-bank loans in China. The red line is the sector's total exposure to mortgages in Hong Kong. And our monetary authority thinks that our property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1447314/alibaba-conjures-fantasy-returns
  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Flawed forecasts from fiscal working group defy laws of the universe

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 12:44am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... in the two charts as indices based on a value of 100 for 2013. The blue line in the first chart represents the GDP deflator, the broadest measure of inflation in any economy, and the red line ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1441349/flawed-forecasts-fiscal-working-group-defy-laws-universe
  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Taxpayers should not pay for a third runway … but they will

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 05:09am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... provide clothing retailers with rent-free shops because we need clothes more than we do air transport? It has always amazed me that our bureaucrats so quickly fall in line with the wishes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1439598/taxpayers-should-not-pay-third-runway-they-will
  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    'Experts' see the future as well as Madam Zodiac

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 01:32am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... force participation rate. It is certainly what they have done in the past. The chart gives you the evidence. The red line shows you the actual recorded figure from 1993 to 2013. The blue line ... try, again, and the green line shows you the Census and Statistics study done again in 2013. It makes a nod this time to that pick-up over the last three years but then dismisses ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1435865/experts-see-future-well-madam-zodiac
  7. 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

    ... to poverty-stricken start-up economies with high jobless rates. What the chief executive said here, however, was that we should focus on high-spending visitors in order to "achieve the greatest economic ... welcome news, so welcome, in fact, that I think Mr Leung hardly needed to devote quite so much of his speech to poverty alleviation. His objectives in relieving poverty are much better met ...

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

    Functional constituencies undermine our economy

    Posted Feb 09th 2014, 02:56am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... particular line of business. I say no such creature exists. They all want their markets rigged in their favour. They will deny it, of course, and insist they only want orderly markets ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1424164/functional-constituencies-undermine-our-economy
  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Reit tax machinations just much ado about nothing

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

    ... if reits were forgiven profits tax. But this would be monstrously unfair to existing property companies unless we accorded them equal treatment. And then the utilities would line up. Why ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1418676/reit-tax-machinations-just-much-ado-about-nothing
  10. Business - Banking & Finance - JAKE'S VIEW

    Not everyone will be safe when banks go bust

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 05:01am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... The financial secretary went around a line of bigger banks and said, "You, you and you, they're yours now. Live with it and don't give me no grief." But the Hong Kong total deposit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1417021/not-everyone-will-be-safe-when-banks-go-bust

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