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

    Posh property expensive? It's Hong Kong meting out justice

    Posted Nov 25th 2012, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Global guides miss the complexity and economic redress lurking behind high real estate values Posh property expensive? It's Hong Kong meting out justice HK rises ... of about HK$1,200 apiece. Pricey? In fact, public housing tenants are effectively paid to occupy their homes. Management, maintenance and other costs amount to more than rental income. The Housing ...

  2. 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

    ... and they may back off, but at great expense to you and before anyone can clear up whether their title does really stand up in law. Nothing deterred, they will just as vigorously pursue the next victim ... the distribution agent. This law drove our video rental shops out of business. Jackie Chan said he would move to America if we didn't pass it. We passed it. Jackie Chan moved to America. Let's ...

  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

    ... wants out as badly as they do and must be supported at public expense for 20 years or more of idle retirement. It is just not so. What is happening is that people are living longer because ...

  4. 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

    ... good acid test then of how important the visitor dollar really is to us. We are talking about spending a great deal of money on this third runway. It will be the single most expensive capital ...

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

    Functional constituencies undermine our economy

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

    ... purse. The result has been openly declared vote trading that is satisfied only with the award of hugely expensive contracts for public works of dubious value. The corporate beggars get what ...

  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 ...

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

    Housing Authority has no business in being a shopping mall landlord

    Posted Jan 26th 2014, 05:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... no longer need to build housing for public sale. This hit the Housing Authority's finances hard. It funded construction of public rental housing from its sales programme. ...

  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    HK$1b black holes are an expensive way to fool Beijing

    Posted Feb 19th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com Despite a flashy launch, the HK government's five-year plan contribution has quietly died HK$1b black holes are an expensive way to fool ... We would be much better off if he did not have to tell expensive lies to Beijing and could save the money or, better yet, not collect it from us in the first place. He might then look ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    The young and the restless star on public housing list

    Posted Oct 31st 2013, 02:52am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... lived in subsidised sale flats and 29% in PRH (public rental housing). Around 2% of them lived in temporary housing, quarters, institutions, etc." I shall accept that most of these people ...

  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Let market have last word on English skills

    Posted Nov 07th 2013, 02:35am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... cookie for the very few of those cookies who will make it to an investment bank job interview. Formal education encourages conventional opinion at the expense of original thinking, it adapts its ...




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