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  1. 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

    ... that it can make no difference to promotions. The same people will still get the same promotions and hold them for the same number of years until retirement. The only difference ...

  2. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Occupy Central is no threat to Hongkong Land's earnings

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 05:16am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... that the market will set on these earnings? That's a tough question, that is. For a clue to the answer hold up your right hand and crook your index finger so that it touches the tip of your thumb. ...

  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Long-suffering stock market investors Shanghaied

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

    ... in the average value of the stocks they hold. Meanwhile, as the first chart shows, the nominal value of China's GDP went up six fold. What we have here is one of the world's greatest ever ...

  4. 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

    ... to people? Simple. As Jake's Sixth Rule of Investment holds, for every word you add to the instrument's name, you add at least 1 per cent to the fee. A bank sales jockey (personal financial ...

  5. 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

    ... themselves experts. For expertise on what the year 2041 will hold I recommend seeing a fortune teller. Madam Zodiac, who reads crystal balls and tarot cards, may be as ignorant of the future ...

  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Case for downsizing at ICAC as job gets smaller

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 04:34am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... the other day of a child holding two service revolvers at ICAC Open Day. Picture it now- an armed anti-corruption Swat squad in a raid on a gang of holed-up bribe takers. Tell us, fellas, please do, ...

  7. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Land-hungry tourism a 'pillar' that short changes Hong Kong

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 12:53am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... a full-employment economy with more than a quarter of the workforce holding university degrees. It's a bad fit. Much the same goes for other industries where the tourist dollar is spent. Most ...

  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Subsidies for industrial jobs a waste of money

    Posted Jan 07th 2014, 01:05am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... employment. But look first at the story the two charts tell us. The proportion of degree-holding workers on our employment rolls has more than doubled since the mid-1990s to 26 per cent. How much education does it take a flight attendant to recite "Beef or chicken, Sir?" How much scholarship is required to make a sales pitch? Yet more than a quarter of the workforce holds ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Science Park's tech hub dream a waste of money and scarce land

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 12:48am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to me is what they can possibly say they are doing at Science Park. Quant Finance Lab A "quant" is an investment analyst who believes mathematics holds the key to getting rich. Quants ...

  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    The hypocrisy of a crime that is not a crime

    Posted Jan 02nd 2014, 12:56am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... available to the overall market. This conferred on them a benefit that other investors would also have found useful in deciding whether or not to buy the stock. If, however, our regulators hold that this particular piece of inside information was not inside information when buying the stock, how can they then hold that it was inside information when selling the stock? It has to be either one ...




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