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Dec 5, 2011

Financial and Forex Info News | The Australian Business Brierfing: S&P warns of EU downgrades:

S&P warns of EU downgrades
Nicole Lundeen THE ratings of 15 eurozone nations were placed on credit watch negative by S&P due to tightening credit conditions and disagreements.
Trade deficit cut to $5.6bn
Geoffrey Rogow AUSTRALIA'S trade deficit narrowed to $5.64 billion in the third quarter, just short of market expectations.
Stocks fall on eurozone warning
Sarah Turner AUSTRALIAN shares slipped at midday as Standard & Poor’s warning of a possible mass eurozone downgrade continued to hit sentiment.
RBA welcomes Lowe, Ridout
James Glynn RBA Governor Glenn Stevens today welcomed the appointments of Philip Lowe and Heather Ridout to the central bank board.
France and Germany strike eurozone deal
Peter Wilson, Europe correspondent A BREAKTHROUGH agreement between Germany and France to restructure Europe’s finances was greeted with relief this morning by markets around the world.
BHP's Petrohawk boosts output
Robb M. Stewart AVERAGE oil and natural gas production at BHP's Petrohawk Energy rose 46 per cent in the first nine months of the year.
Jewels shine in high-end auction
Michaela Boland HIGH-END gold, silver and diamond jewellery sales are booming at auction houses around the nation.
Macquarie to beef up in Canada
Evelyn Juan MACQAURIE Private Wealth aims to hire 50 financial advisers in Canada over the next 12 to 18 months.
Financial Markets
Stocks fall on eurozone warning
Sarah Turner AUSTRALIAN shares slipped at midday as Standard & Poor’s warning of a possible mass eurozone downgrade continued to hit sentiment.
Stocks edge lower on S&P move
France and Germany strike eurozone deal
Financial Markets Coverage
Mining & Energy
Santos ships first Reindeer gas
David Fickling NATURAL gas from Santos's Reindeer field has been delivered to shore for the first time, marking a major milestone for the company.
BHP's Petrohawk boosts output
Copper settles at month-high
More Mining & Energy

Stocks and markets in the News | Wall street at Close:Reuters: news on Germany anf other top european countries dampened today's rally.

Wall St up but Europe debt worries chill rally NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks gained on Monday, but the day's rally was dampened by news that Germany and other top-rated European nations could see their credit ratings cut. | Full Article

Smartcompany News and Analysis: Manufacturing firm collapses, Big economic trends for 2012, MYOB update upsets users, Bold tax reform could eliminate company tax for some

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Today on SmartCompany we look at the collapse of a Victorian manufacturer, examine a bold tax reform idea that could see many companies paying no tax on profits and look at a MYOB software update that has caused some angst with users. Don’t miss economist Craig James from CommSec on the key economic trends of 2012, plus in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson looks at why Australia’s “wealth effect” has faded.

And don’t forget to take our SmartCompany-WHK SME Directions Survey – we want to know how your business is shaping up for 2012.

Why you’ve got a lifetime opportunity to create a dream portfolio
The wall of bad news facing investors – the European debt crisis, terrible investor sentiment and highly volatile share prices – has created one of the best buying opportunities that is likely to occur in your lifetime. BY MICHAEL LAURENCE
Michael Laurence

The big issues for 2012
Murphy's Law states: Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. And clearly 2011 could be best described as the year when Murphy's Law reigned. BY CRAIG JAMES
2012 Big Issues

Aunty B
My cash is going to get crunched in January and I’m not sure we can get through it. Help!
Force yourself to start feeling all Christmassy, buy a lovely card and a bottle of nice sparkling and head down to your bank manager to wish them a Merry Christmas.
Aunty B

People problems
Eve Ash
The anxiety that builds from a typo can be massive, especially when it is a glaring error that you have created, or are accountable for.
Eve Ash

Enterprise Leadership
Dennis Roberts
From learning to listen more to knowing when to follow your intuition, become an inspiring leader with these seven steps.
Dennis Roberts

Michel Hogan
Do you want a brand or a "Bob?" Take a look at this menu and make your choice.
Michel Hogan

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
A new study appears to suggest the gap between rich and poor in Australia seems to be widening, while the boom time “wealth effect” has dissipated.
James Thomson