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

    Let's not do away with Hong Kong's stock transaction stamp duties; they're worth the money

    Posted Oct 20th 2013, 06:31am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Let's not do away with stock transaction stamp duties Hong Kong should scrap its stamp duty on share trading Headline, Monitor column October 18 An old veteran ... be it. I differ with my colleague Tom Holland on this business of stamp duty. Tom's argument is that the 0.1 per cent stamp duty on almost all transactions on the stock exchange reduces ...

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

    How John Tsang's 'cooling' measures turned up the heat on the poor

    Posted Feb 23rd 2014, 05:07am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... rebased to a value of 100 for October 2012, when Mr Tsang introduced the first extra stamp duty. And, yes, there is definitely evidence that these measures had an effect on prices for flats over ... October 2012 if he had not concentrated market attention there with stamp duties that restrained prices increases for the largest flats. What he has also done, as the second chart shows, is slow ...

  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Only higher rates will ease property prices

    Posted Oct 24th 2013, 02:07am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp While US interest rates remain low, Hong Kong's stamp duties are unable to do more than shift the burden of pricey flats onto the poor Only higher rates will ease ... are now singing the government line that punitive stamp duties have restrained prices. I am not so sure, and neither is the data. Certainly the government's own official residential property ...

  4. 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

    ... economy can do anything about it. It is thus all very well for a national president to say that he will stamp out corruption and stage a few demonstration trials of egregiously corrupt officials. ...

  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Long-suffering stock market investors Shanghaied

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

    ... over the 2,000 mark. Behave yourself and do your patriotic duty, the authorities said in so many words. But I'm sure they kept their fingers crossed, too. It is remarkable ...

  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong financial secretary's property moves seen as a bad idea

    Posted Oct 30th 2012, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... particularly when the chief tax man is a career civil servant not noted for making bold stands. Let us nonetheless go down a partial list of why higher stamp duties on the early sale of homes and new stamp duties on outsider buyers are bad ideas. They further expose the Hong Kong public to a property crash rather than offer protection from it. Take note in this context ...

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

    Functional constituencies undermine our economy

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

    ... less than that. I have no objection. These executives have a fiduciary duty to their shareholders' interests. I expect it of them for any stock I own. Push up my share price, fellas. Three ...

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

    Hong Kong has little to gain from relaxing rules just for competition's sake

    Posted Dec 08th 2013, 04:58am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... not worth it. We have something valuable here in the rule of law. We set a price on it in our stock exchange with stamp duty revenues of HK$20 billion a year and people are happy to pay ...

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

    Developers misread market for flats

    Posted Sep 15th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... in fact, beginning to tail off a little. That recent weakness in the top end of the market most likely has to do with the new stamp duty and other restrictive measures that the government has ...

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

    Free-trade Shanghai will trigger brief tsunami of cash flowing out, that's all

    Posted Sep 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... rolling in. As it passes over us it will seek out our property market and flick aside the restraints we thought we had imposed on this form of speculation through punitive stamp duties ...




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