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  1. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong contractors' bid-rigging is behind rising prices

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:57am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... it stands in danger only from the way that the required heavy rock drilling will shatter the bedrock. But it represents contracts for the contractors who get the work. Contractors have a functional ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1594838/hong-kong-contractors-bid-rigging-behind-rising-prices
  2. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong's anti-money-laundering laws make a mockery out of justice

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 03:23am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... approach this dark story from a different perspective. Headquartered in Paris is a police-like intergovernmental body called the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which "works to generate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1593408/hong-kongs-anti-money-laundering-laws-makes-mockery-out-justice
  3. Business - Banking & Finance - JAKE'S VIEW

    Pay up for market information- don't expect it to be free

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 06:02am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Martin Wheatley, told a parliamentary committee in London yesterday. SCMP, September 10 I always thought Martin Wheatley a little out of touch with the workings of financial markets when he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1589604/pay-market-information-dont-expect-it-be-free
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Distant central bankers drive home prices up in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 03:56am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... downturns. It hasn't worked. The money just comes back as deposits with the central bank. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. You can lead a potential borrower ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1586672/distant-central-bankers-drive-home-prices-hong-kong
  5. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Funding must be front and centre in debate on third runway

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 02:18pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... dolphins. My daughter worked for a period as an organiser of boat tours to see them on the north Lantau shoreline. I went on the tour once and was delighted to watch their frolics. But the lobbyists ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1584400/funding-must-be-front-and-centre-debate-third-runway
  6. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Retire these amateurish efforts at pension reform

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 02:33pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... of fiscal accounting- an unwinding of the pointless capital works reserve fund for instance- we could have all the money in hand. If this were a bridge, or a new highway, construction would start ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1582903/retire-these-amateurish-efforts-pension-reform
  7. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Haeco grounded by elite bank jobs that pay more

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 12:34am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... must first be a separate listed company. Many are not. Total revenues or maintenance hours would be a better measure. But Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company is still a company that has ... doesn't make sense to have such a big maintenance centre here any longer. Hong Kong people just don't want the jobs. They want to work in banks and Haeco won't make you rich. In a bank ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1573126/haeco-grounded-elite-bank-jobs-pay-more
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    My seven hours on July 1 march was worth it for Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 03:47am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Seven hours on the march was worth it for Hong Kong I went on the democracy march on Tuesday, start to finish, from Holding Pen No. 1 in Victoria Park to the corner ... hours of standing or shuffling slowly along a 7km route, carrying two litres of water in my backpack, no chance to sit down for a rest, soaking wet the whole time because I was caught out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1547561/my-seven-hours-july-1-march-was-worth-it-hong-kong
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Why HK needs to be cautious about deposit guarantee

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 03:14pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... it and at the first hint of bad times Norman would put it all in place again anyway. It bespeaks a dangerous misunderstanding of how financial markets work but what can one expect from a career civil servant with a degree in sociology and only 19 months of sitting behind a desk at Standard Chartered ("Just sit behind that desk, Norman") as the sum total of his real world experience? He might have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1566181/why-hk-needs-be-cautious-about-deposit-guarantee
  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Let the Hong Kong taxpayer off the hook for a new runway, please

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 12:25am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... of arguable discount rates. Get the resulting figure up to a believable HK$200 billion and the third runway can be a goer. My guess is that it can be made to work at an extra ticket cost of somewhere ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1571636/let-hong-kong-taxpayer-hook-new-runway-please

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