BUSINESS TOURISM POWERS AHEAD

BUSINESS TOURISM POWERS AHEAD

It’s an industry worth an estimated $700 million a year to Queensland. We’re talking about the business events sector – a vital component of the local economy. With the 23rd Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show about to drop anchor on our shores, Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jan Jarratt talks up the ...

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ARE ACCOUNTANTS MOST TRUSTED BY SME TO ADVISE?

ARE ACCOUNTANTS MOST TRUSTED BY SME TO ADVISE?

A SURVEY of more than 600 Australian and 240 New Zealand business owners conducted by an accountancy, financial planning and law association has discovered that accountants are the most trusted advisers when it comes to business advice. The MSI Global Alliance March 2011 survey scanned a range of business and personal financial advice areas, whe...

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JUNE QUARTER OUTLOOK REVEALS DECLINE IN EXPECTATIONS

JUNE QUARTER OUTLOOK REVEALS DECLINE IN EXPECTATIONS

BUSINESS expectations have declined as consumer deleveraging weighs down retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, according to the latest Dun & Bradstreet Business Expectations Survey. Dun & Bradstreet CEO Christine Christian believes the latest results show that consumer deleveraging is becoming an entrenched trend that is primari...

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WHAT'S THE OUTLOOK FOR AUSTRALIA'S NEW WORLD CITY

WHAT'S THE OUTLOOK FOR AUSTRALIA'S NEW WORLD CITY

It is often said that resilience and strength is revealed in periods of disruption. Brisbane business has undoubtedly shown these qualities following the January flood event and the weak global economic conditions over the past two years. CEO of Brisbane Marketing John Aitken, says the city, as always, will continue to deliver.

THE construction i...

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STOCK PICKS 2011

STOCK PICKS 2011

Has confidence returned? INDUSTRY opinion is split on exactly when investor confidence will return to the stock market, but the consensus is that plenty of cash will be thrown around when it does.

The head of Queensland’s largest independent stock market advice and education firm believes the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) will be a ...

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MARCH QUARTER OUTLOOK POSITIVE

MARCH QUARTER OUTLOOK POSITIVE

AUSTRALIA's economy is becoming increasingly resilient to consumer apathy as firms engaged in B2B trade and those exposed to the emerging economies of Asia keep the domestic economy powering ahead – even while retailers struggle to convince consumers to spend. Dun & Bradstreet CEO Christine Christian (pictured) comments on the...

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$1.9 BILLION REASONS WHY IT'S GAME ON

$1.9 BILLION REASONS WHY IT'S GAME ON

IT'S less than five months until the Gold Coast makes its final bid submission to the Commonwealth Games Federation and less than 10 months until the 2018 host is announced. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games CEO Mark Peters, explains why hosting the Games is more than just an opportunity to become the international sporting hub of Australia...

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Test Opinion Article

Test Opinion Article

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ASIC'S EVOLUTION MEANS BETTER REVOLUTION

ASIC'S EVOLUTION MEANS BETTER REVOLUTION

FROM time to time our corporate watchdog gets served up some fairly earnest criticism around its effectiveness as a corporate and market regulator.

But ASIC is intent on improving its report card and sharpening its skill set to bring to bear a more in-depth understanding of the practical application of our laws to specific economic sectors. It s...

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TAKING IT TO TORONTO

TAKING IT TO TORONTO

MANY of our clients come to us wanting to know how best to tap into particular overseas capital markets. The commercial drivers are varied, but the desire to lock into foreign markets often evolves from the development of a relationship with a cornerstone investor. Frequently, this will determine the market of interest. As an example, a cli...

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GILLARD UNDER PRESSURE TO REVEAL IMPACT OF MINING TAX

GILLARD UNDER PRESSURE TO REVEAL IMPACT OF MINING TAX

THE reduction to the 30 per cent minerals resource rent tax (MRRT) is a positive political step for the Gillard Government in light of the looming election.

What remains to be seen is how the Government is going to address the broader economic implications in terms of the obvious budget hole that her mining deal has left. We’re s...

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NEW CAPITAL MARKET FOR RESOURCE INDUSTRY: HONG KONG

NEW CAPITAL MARKET FOR RESOURCE INDUSTRY: HONG KONG

BACK in October 2009, we alerted you to proposed changes that the Hong Kong Securities Exchange (HKSE) flagged to relax the eligibility criteria for mineral companies seeking admission.

The recent finalisation of these changes (due to commence this month) is a real win for exploration companies looking for access to the very active Hong Kong m...

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NEW CONTAGION: GDC TO REPLACE GFC

NEW CONTAGION: GDC TO REPLACE GFC

THE significant volatility on the international equities market demonstrates a high level of anxiety surrounding the current ‘Government Debt Crisis’ (GDC).

With this playing out, we are seeing the GDC dramatically overshadow the recent encouraging corporate earnings reported by businesses in the United States, bringing back ba...

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MARKET SENTIMENT VERSUS FUNDAMENTALS

MARKET SENTIMENT VERSUS FUNDAMENTALS

LAST month didn’t quite get off to the galloping start some had predicted, but delivered a sell down in equities off the back of fear over the impact of tightened credit supply in China, amongst other things. This month commenced with key personalities signalling that the GFC just might be over, followed shortly afterward by the emergence ...

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