How does the Asian economic boom affect Australian insolvencies?

08/07/2014 by Michael Jones

There is no doubt that the global economy is going through enormous structural change as the weight of global economic activity increasingly shifts towards Asia. The above diagram demonstrates that in 2012 the Asia-Pacific region together with the Indian subcontinent accounts for in excess of 36% of world GDP. Australia has benefited greatly from this structural change. Three quarters of Australia’s exports are to Asia. We have a similar dependence on Asia with respect to tourism and immigration. Australia has just emerged from the largest resources boom in its history and this is largely as a result of the economic development of mainland China. Moreover the structural change seem

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Is Management the key driver of business success or failure?

11/06/2014 by Michael Jones

Although external factors do play a part in the success or failure of a business research shows that internal factors such as the quality of management is far more important. The report prepared by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on the reason for company failures has consistently concluded that the major reason for company failures is “poor strategic management “. The second most common reason cited for business failure is a failure to maintain proper books and records. This of course can be seen as one in the same as bad strategic management. . . .

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Rates of Currency Exchange – Impact on Australian Businesses – Jones Partners

18/12/2013 by Michael Jones

According to a recent report issued by the ASIC the main reason for Corporate insolvencies can be related to ”bad strategic management” It may seem that exchange rate fluctuations are beyond the control of business managers and it is obvious that currency variations have a major contributor on Australian businesses. If a business relies heavily on sales to overseas customers, a high Australian dollar will cause serious problems.  On the other hand if the business purchasers goods and service from overseas a strong dollar will be a major advantage.  In some cases a minor variation in exchange rate can be the difference between success and failure. Whilst the exchange rate itse

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In Australia is the economy as robust as some economists would have us think?

19/06/2013 by Michael Jones

Whilst interest rates in Australia are at historic lows and we remain in relatively good financial shape when compared to other Western Economies, what lies beneath needs to be understood. During the calendar years 2010, 2011 and 2012 we have seen corporate insolvency levels across Australia increase on average at almost 4.5% per annum. Further, many SMEs are also reported continued periods of reduced or static profits. Interestingly, household debt levels also remain at near historical highs, despite some media commentary to the contrary. Will this lead to an increase in personal insolvencies in  Australia? In Western Sydney, for example,  Bankruptcy and other forms of personal

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Superannuation a useful way to protect personal assets of individuals

20/05/2013 by Michael Jones

It is true that superannuation funds are ordinarily protected property in the event that an individual becomes bankrupt. There is however and exception to this general principle where a superannuation contribution has been made to defeat the creditors. In particular Section 128 B of the Bankruptcy Act makes specific provision in relation to transfers of property to a super fund where it can be inferred from all of the circumstances that at the time of the transfer, the transferor was or was about to become insolvent. The kinds of transactions envisaged by these provisions relate to unusually large and irregular payments that are outside of the normal scope of the individual’s contributi

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Protecting Inherited Personal Assets In the event of Bankruptcy

06/05/2013 by Michael Jones

One issue that frequently arises in relation to the administration of bankrupt estates is the difficulty of the bankrupt being a beneficiary under a Will. Divisible property is defined broadly in the Bankruptcy Act and it includes, not only property owned by the bankrupt at the time of the bankruptcy, but also property acquired by the bankrupt after bankruptcy up until the time of the discharge, which is usually three years. This is referred to as “after acquired property”. . . .

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Asset Protection for Directors and Business Owners

by Michael Jones

Antecedent transactions Business owners are often anxious about what might happen to their private assets should their business runs into difficulties and ultimately fail. Many individuals contemplate transferring private property into some form of entity separate from the individual (such as a company or a trust), or transferring the property to a close relative or friend in the hope that if something untoward happened to them creditors would not be able to access the property. Unfortunately the Australian Bankruptcy Act anticipates this kind of conduct and in certain circumstances affords provisions for a subsequent Bankruptcy Trustee to reverse the effect of a transfer. In

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Personal Insolvency – A Potted Summary

18/03/2013 by Michael Jones

This is a very basic summary of the current regime in Australia applicable to personal insolvency and Bankruptcy of Individuals . . .

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ATO – Insolvency and the Tax Man Jekyll & Hyde

13/12/2012 by Michael Jones

The title of this paper is named after the character created by Robert Louis Stevenson commonly known today as “The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”.  The Jekyll and Hyde description usually refers to a person with a split personality, one good and one bad.  So it is that in many cases the Australian Taxation Office (The ATO) seems to have a Jekyll and Hyde approach when it comes to tax payers who are unable to pay their debts due to insolvency. WHY IS THE ATO THE CENTRE OF ATTENTION When businesses get into financial difficulty, cash flow becomes extremely tight.  The simple principle is that the noisy cog gets the oil, thus employees are paid before critical suppliers, c

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