We all get bombarded with information from every source possible and frankly, it's too much. Even if you haven't already flicked it into spam you probably don't have time to read it. We call it Information Overload. So, on this page we've selected big picture news items we think are relevant and of interest to our clients.
The highly anticipated EU crisis summit has delivered headline agreements in the three key areas: a Greek bailout, bank recapitalisations and an expansion of the rescue fund. Agreements were reached between EU leaders at around 4am on Thursday morning Brussels time, 11 hours after the summit began. European equities rose strongly and the spreads on Spanish and Italian government bonds tightened relative to German bunds.
Self-managed superannuation fund members will not be able to transfer shares off market without the use of a broker under new regulations designed to limit the ability to minimise capital gains tax. The ban will apply from 1 July 2012.
The ATO has today issued draft SMSF ruling 2011/D1 which explains key concepts relevant to the application of the limited recourse borrowing arrangement (LRBA) provisions.
Over the weekend, the deputy Prime Minister, Mr Wayne Swan, announced changes to the Financial Claims Scheme that guarantees deposits with Australian deposit taking institutions.
The final transaction size of A$6.0 billion (US$6.3 billion) has enabled BHP Billiton Limited to buy back 147 million shares, which represents 4.4 per cent of the issued share capital of BHP Billiton Limited.
As part of our commitment to look after our clients as much as possible WLM is really pleased to announce that we can now offer "Finance Broking" as a new service.