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  1. News - Hong Kong - JAKE'S VIEW

    Is the latest health-cost scare a trial balloon for GST?

    Posted Sep 01st 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com Is the latest health-cost scare a trial balloon for GST? Hong Kong will have to spend much more than expected on elderly health care in future, ... benefit to defined contribution pension plans. This process will be completed well before old-age health care can become a real problem. We simply face no serious fiscal difficulty here as long ...

  2. 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

    ... 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 ... that corruption is an invariable public-sector characteristic. The greater the role that government plays in any economy, the more graft there will be. Studies done by the corruption watchdog Transparency ...

  3. 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, ... is that this will happen later. It's a lasting irony of public service jobs that, although the only independent professional survey ever done of them showed that they were paid three times their private ...

  4. 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

    ... fiscal savings of the government and various statutory bodies plus the accumulated investment profits on these savings. It is like a general public savings account with the bank. But the one ...

  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong dances to the money laundering tune

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

    ... inflicted on innocent members of the public by craven bureaucrats pandering to a European watchdog of capital flows. That watchdog, the Paris-based FATF, an intergovernmental agency set up in 1989 ... legislative and regulatory reform …" In other words, "No, you national governments, even you mere voting members of the general public, shall not tell us what to do. We shall tell you. Shut ...

  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Long-suffering stock market investors Shanghaied

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 03:33am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... for social stability in a country where millions of retail investors have put their life savings into stocks. South China Morning Post, March 13 Thus twice last week the market was shouldered back ... that China's major stock market index should continue to perform so poorly. The Shanghai Composite is now back where it was 13 years ago, indicating that investors have since seen no return whatsoever ...

  7. 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

    ... Jake van der Kamp Financial products based on confidence in an ever-rising yuan may turn out to be disastrous for buyers, given the currency's recent decline Sales jockeys sending 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 ...

  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Alibaba conjures up 'fantasy' returns

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

    ... is that the published borrowing rates are all wrong and you do not understand how things really work. Actual market interest rates are much higher but do not indicate any credit risk. In China all debt ... 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 ...

  9. 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

    ... consultation document on the third runway, a glitzy triumph of the public relations art with plenty of green talk and embedded videos for online readers (it even mentioned engineering studies), said nothing on the subject other than that it would be dealt with later. I assume it had already been dealt with. We, the taxpaying public will pay for this project out of sales of our greatest ...

  10. 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

    ... The divergence is even greater between forecasts of the deflator and one of its components, public sector construction costs. Construction costs have indeed risen faster than the deflator recently, ...




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