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JamesTobinJamesTobinA flurry of cross-channel ministerial visits between here and the UK is almost certainly motivated by the two governments’ desperate desire to block a pan-European “Tobin tax” on financial transactions. This tax was first mooted by US economist and Nobel Laureate James Tobin who, as far back as 1972, wanted to curb what he saw as dangerous speculation in international currency markets.

But don’t be surprised if both sides are also discussing possible contingency plans for “eurogeddon”. In other words, what might happen if the euro-zone either shrinks or disintegrates entirely?

Last week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was in London meeting UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The next day, Cameron’s deputy, Nick Clegg, was in Dublin. Last month Finance Minister Michael Noonan travelled to London to meet UK Chancellor George Osborne.

So what’s going on?

Well, it’s simple. Britain is Ireland’s largest trading partner, while Ireland is the UK’s fifth largest trading partner. Enough said!

Add in the small matter of the huge exposure of the two state-controlled UK banks, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Lloyds, to Ireland, and Britain’s £7bn contribution to the November 2010 bailout and you can see the picture.

Both sides are likely to have spent most of their time talking about the EU’s proposed Tobin tax. Britain is completely opposed to such a tax, fearing it would disadvantage the City of London, while in Ireland we are worried about its impact on the IFSC.

Logic would dictate that this was not all they were discussing.

The Bank of England has instructed UK banks to draw up contingency plans for a euro-zone break-up, and with the Irish Central Bank forced to deny publicly that it is printing punts, it defies logic that the two countries are not discussing eurogeddon.

And that’s scary!

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With the 10th anniversary of the euro in 2012, the European currency is fighting for its very survival.

The European Union is now bitterly divided over how to preserve the currency with the majority opting for the building of a closer fiscal union to preserve the euro. This has resulted in Britain standing on one side against this move and Germany and France on the other. However the continental European alliance has decided to move ahead with a separate treaty without the UK.

Twenty three of the 27 EU leaders agreed on implementing tighter integration at a meeting in early December which would result in stricter budget rules for the single currency area. However Britain strongly opposed any changes which would affect the current EU Lisbon treaty.

There is however very real concerns that the situation is not containable and many now believe that individual countries’ central banks have already contingency plans in place to revert to their pre-euro currencies if the worst comes to the worst.

Another worry is that a number of countries may be asked to leave the currency zone, such as Greece and Ireland. Both required bailouts that certainly helped push the crisis along and both have come under immense pressure during the later stages of 2011 to reform their government spending.

As an honest broker I believe that Ireland has done its bit but, and it’s a big but, I don’t think we can afford this bailout any longer which brings us down the road of, yes, default! And with default brings the unknown. Devaluation probably which will wipe away the value of a huge amount of peoples savings. And then who do we tie ourselves to because as Ireland PLC we are too small a nation to float a separate currency.

There is huge speculation in international circles that The Irish Central Bank is printing punts (pre-euro currency in Ireland).This has been strenuously denied but speculation only adds fuel to the fire.

However one overhang on this whole Euro crisis is Italy. The countries debt poses the biggest threat with sovereign bond yields at dangerously high levels. Simply put, Greece or Ireland could not undo the euro zone; Italy can!

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Danske Bank has once again confirmed that it has no intension of disposing of its Irish banking interests. The banking group which owns National Irish Bank in the Republic and Northern Bank in Northern Ireland announced that Mr Ole Andersen has been appointed its new Chairman succeeding Eivind Kolding who will take over as the group’s new Chief Executive in February.

National Irish Bank reported a loss of €600m for the first nine months of this year but Mr Anderson said Danske had a strategy in place to deal with this situation. He confirmed that this did not include the sale of its Irish units whose losses have impacted on the group’s recent results.

Danske Bank Group (Danske) is the largest bank in Denmark and a major player in the Northern European financial markets.  Total Group assets at the end of June this year were €420bn.

Danske’s customer base includes personal, business and corporate customers where it operates in mortgage finance, insurance, leasing and asset management.

It has a market capitalisation of €12bn and a total tier 1 capital ratio of 16.6%

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Bob Tallent

The Synergy Group

December 2012


 

I’m one of those people who sees the glass as being half full.  Instinctively, I find ways around things and the means to make things happen.  Yet, I’m looking at our recent budgets and am trying to find the way through the mess.  I’m old enough to remember the Halls Pictorial Weekly programmes in the ‘70’s depicting our minister of the day as Richie Ruin.  How are our present Ministers to be remembered?

Our Government has delivered our new 2012 budgets over 2 days on 5th and 6th December 2011.  Our 2 ministers delivered their budgets in order to achieve €3.8bn fiscal adjustment in 2012.  Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin delivered his own cuts in the public service and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan announced details of €1.6bn in tax increases and extra charges in the second part of the 2012 Budget.

Let me give you some good news first:

  • No changes in income taxes.
  • 9% reduced VAT rate for tourism sector remains unchanged.
  • Universal Social Charge: Exemption raised to €10,000 - this affects 330,000 people
    • Weekly social welfare payments remain unchanged
    • No change in excise duty on alcohol
    • €100 Household Charge is waived for those on mortgage interest supplement and those in unfinished housing estates
    • Corporate Tax Rate is to remain at 12.5%
    • Research & Development - €100,000 of expenditure can be used as tax credit and companies can use R&D credits to reward key employees
    • Mortgage Interest Relief:
    • No further reduction in tax relief applying to pension contributions despite the proposals in last year’s budget speech,
    • No changes to the Standard Fund Threshold or pension cap despite strong signals to the contrary.
    • 30% for first-time buyers between 2004 and 2008
    • 25% for first-time buyers in 2012
    • 15% for non-first time buyers
  • No change to the taxation of pension lump sums.

The highlights:

  • €3.8bn fiscal adjustment needed in 2012
  • €2.2bn of adjustment from spending
  • €1.4bn in day-to-day spending cuts
  • €20m earmarked for new Labour Market Activation Fund
  • €17 billion five year Capital investment programme.
  • €514 million investment in 2012 reflects the Government’s commitment to supporting the Enterprise and Research & Development agendas.
  • The IDA and Enterprise Ireland budgets continue to be prioritised to enable the job-creation agencies deliver on job and new investment targets.
  • Special Assignee Relief Programme to attract people with key skills to Ireland and Foreign Earning Deduction to support efforts by multinational and indigenous firms to expand into BRICS countries.
  • Support Small & Medium Enterprise to grow and create jobs by ensuring access to adequate, targeted R&D Tax credit regime and extension of 3 year corporation tax relief for start–up companies.
  • Revival of property, construction and development sector through reduction in stamp duty rate for commercial property from 6% to 2% and the introduction of a Capital Gains Tax incentive.
  • Enhanced Stock relief and retirement relief to enable the agriculture sector to continue to grow and expand on a global scale into the future.
  • Public Service numbers will fall by 6,000 in 2012 to 294,000 and there will be pay savings of €400m.
  • A reduction of 37,500 or 12% of staff over 2008 levels by 2015.
  • The overall cost of paying public servants will have fallen by €3.5 billion, or 20% over the 7 year period from 2008 to 2015.
  • New structural spending initiatives, such as:
    • the provision of €35m for the development of community mental health teams and services as outlined in “A Vision for Change” and €15m to fund access to primary care without fees to claimants of free drugs under the Long Term Illness Scheme
    • €10m for a new Microfinance Fund as well as a Temporary Partial Credit Guarantee Scheme to aid SMEs
    • €20m for a new Labour Market Activation Fund, specifically targeted at the long-term unemployed, to deliver upward of 6,500 new places next year.

 

Budget 2012 – Key Figures

  • Real GDP increase of 1.3% projected for 2012.
  • General Government deficit target of 8.6% of GDP in 2012 will be met in line with our commitments. This is an essential step towards regaining economic stability, ensuring the sustainability of the public finances and providing the platform to deliver sustainable growth and jobs.
  • €3.8bn in adjustments introduced in Budget 2012.
  • €2.2bn expenditure consolidation of which €1.45bn from current and €0.75bn from capital expenditure.
  • €1.6bn revenue consolidation of which around €1bn new tax measures.
  • Budget 2012 is not just about cuts and increased taxation. The creation of sustainable growth, jobs and protecting the vulnerable is at the heart of Budget 2012.

Minister Howlin’s part was:

Health

  • €543m in net savings in the health area
  • Drug Payment Scheme monthly threshold up from €120 to €132
  • Extra charges on private treatment in public hospitals
  • 2% cut in disability, mental health and children's services, saving €50m
  • New measures will reduce the price of drugs
  • Staff ceiling of 103,800 employees to apply to HSE in 2012

Social

  • Changes to the one-parent family payment will save €20.7m
  • Child benefit for first and second child unchanged
  • Cut of six weeks in the cold-weather allowance
  • Jobseekers' benefit to be based on five-day week
  • Redundancy and insolvency changes will reduce employer rebate from 60% to 15%
  • Back-to-School Clothing Allowance abolished for two/three-year-olds
  • Payments for new claimants of Disability Allowance cut to €100 a week for people aged 18-21, and to €144 for people aged 22-24.

Education

  • €132.3m savings in education
  • 2% cut in Higher Education funding - €7m saving
  • Increase of €250 in third-level student contribution
  • Changes to fee and maintenance supports for new post-graduate students
  • Education expenditure will comprise 17% of all current expenditure next year
  • €19.2m in cuts to trainee and apprenticeship schemes
  • Primary-school transport charge to be doubled to €100

Reform

  • Savings of €105m in Department of Agriculture, Marine, Food
  • Savings of €45m in Department of Transport, Tourism, Sport
  • Savings of €34m in Environment, Community, Local Government
  • €52.9m cut in Overseas Development Aid
  • €79m cut in spending for An Garda Síochána

Minister Noonan’s part was:

  • VAT: Raised by 2% to 23%
  • Universal Social Charge: Exemption raised to €10,000 - this affects 330,000 people

Persons under the age of 70. Annual Income

Rate

Total income under €10,036

0%

First €10,036

2%

€10,037 - €16,016

4%

Over €16,016

7%

Over €100,000 (self assessed income only)

10%

  • Over €100,000 (self assessed income only) 10%
  • Domicile levy: The Irish citizenship condition for payment of the levy is being removed. This will mean that liable non-residents will not be able to avoid the levy by changing their citizenship status.
  • Carbon Tax: Increased from €15 per tonne to €20 per tonne.  This means:
  • Alcohol: Legislation planned on low-cost alcohol
  • Cigarettes: 25c increase on pack of 20
  • Stamp Duty
  • Motor Tax: Changes to apply from 1 January
    • The Government intends to undertake a consultation process on possible adjustments to the current CO2 bands and rates for Vehicle Registration Tax and Motor Tax. The aim is to introduce new banding by 1st January 2013. All submissions in relation to this consultation process must be submitted to the Department of Finance by 1 March 2012.
    • Income tax: No increase
    • Farming
    • Capital Gains Tax incentive: Applies to property bought by end 2013 and kept for 7 years
    • Capital Acquisitions Tax: Up from 25% to 30%
    • Capital Gains Tax: Up from 25% to 30%
    • Gambling: Legislation planned on internet betting
    • DIRT: Up from 27% to 30%
    • Corporate tax: Exemption for start-ups extended
    • Approved Retirement Funds: Tax up 1% to 6% on transfer of funds
    • GDP: 1.3% growth forecast in 2012
    • Special Assignee Relief Programme: Initiative to attract key staff
    • 50% Employer PRSI pension relief abolished
    • 1.4c increase on Petrol
    • 1.6c increase on Diesel
    • €17.32 increase on Fuel Oil (to rise in May)
    • €14.46 increase on Natural Gas (to rise in May)
    • No Carbon Tax on solid fuels
    • No change to stamp duty on residential property
    • Commercial property rate lowered from 6% to 2%
    • Band A up €56 to €160
    • Band B up €69 to €225
    • Band C up €28 to €330
    • Lower commercial stamp duty rate will also apply to farmland
    • 50% stock relief on registered farm partnerships
    • 100% rate for certain young trained farmers
    • Incentives for timely transfer of farms before the current owners reach the age of 66

A little detail:

  • On Jobs - The Minister said the primary purpose of this Budget is to support the creation of jobs in the short term, the medium term and the long term.

-          He will introduce a Special Assignee Relief Programme, which will allow multinational and indigenous companies to attract key people to Ireland so as to create more jobs and to facilitate the development and expansion of businesses in Ireland.

  • On Absenteeism: Previously, the first 36 days of Illness Benefit and Occupational Injury Benefit paid to employees was tax free, resulting in the possibility of greater take-home pay for absentees. This exemption is to be removed, presumably to encourage employers to become more active in dealing with the problem of absenteeism, as has been the subject of discussion in recent weeks.
  • On VAT Increased by 2% to 23%
  • On Redundancy and Insolvency: The employer rebate of statutory redundancy payments will reduce from 60% to 15% on 1st January 2012
  • On Research & Development - The first €100,000 of R&D expenditure of all companies will be allowed on a volume basis for the purpose of the R&D Tax Credit.
  • On Start-up companies: To support the Government’s commitment to the promotion of job creation and indigenous enterprise, the Budget proposes to extend the exemption for start-up companies from corporation tax and capital gains tax. The proposal is to extend it to new companies which start in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
  • On Tourism - The Government was disappointed earlier this year when Aer Lingus and Ryanair were unwilling to provide additional flights to Ireland in exchange for the abolition of the Air Travel Tax.

-          A special allocation will be made in the Revised Estimates Volume early in the New Year in relation to The Gathering in 2013 and it will be launched on St Patrick's Day.

  • On Mortgage Interest Relief - The Minister is going to fulfil the commitment in the Programme for Government to increase the rate of mortgage interest relief to 30% for first time buyers who took out their first mortgage between 2004 and 2008.
  • On Rent reviews - NAMA has policy guidance where it can approve rent reductions when they are shown to be in excess of current market levels and viability is threatened. It allows for the appointment of an independent valuation of market rent where necessary. If a tenant is not getting satisfaction in negotiations he can contact NAMA directly.
  • On Property - Stamp Duty for commercial property transfers will be reduced from the current top rate of 6% to a flat rate of 2% on all amounts from midnight 6/12/11.
  • On First time buyers - For those who wish to buy a home in 2012: First time buyers will get mortgage interest relief at a rate of 25% rather than the 15% proposed by the previous Government.
  • On Mortgage Arrears – The Government is continuing with the implementation of recommendations made by a review group recently
  • On Household charge: €100 charge for your own house that you live in.  On NPPR, €10 charge for OTC payments and they are removing the exemption for properties leased to a local authority under the rental accommodation scheme, RAS and for those leased to the HSE.
  • On Banking: - Two pillar banks have SME lending targets of €3bn each this year, €3.5bn each next year and €4bn each in 2013.
  • On Legacy property tax reliefs - Property relief surcharge of 5% will be imposed on investors with an annual gross income of over €100,000.
  • On Universal Social Charge: • From 1 January, exemption level will be raised from €4,004 to €10,036. Revenue will collect USC on a cumulative basis next year.

-          Marginal rate of taxation on income is now 53% for PAYE workers and 55% for the self-employed.

-          The top 5% of earners pay 44% of income tax according to Revenue records.

  • On PRSI - Removal of the remaining 50% employer PRSI relief on employee pensions. Broadening PRSI base to cover rental, investment and other forms of income from 2013.
  • On Capital Acquisitions Tax - From 25% to 30% after today.
  • On Taxation The Programme for Government states that there will be no increase in income tax.  Wages and salaries in January will be no less than wages and salaries in December, so people will continue to have discretion on how they spend their income.
  • On Approved Retirement Fund Increasing the rate of notional distribution on the highest value Approved Retirement Funds and similar products to 6%. Increase the rate of tax on the transfer of an ARF on death to a child over 21 from 20% to 30%.
  • On Capital Gains Tax - From 25% to 30% after today.
  • On Capital Acquisitions Tax Reducing the Group A Tax-free threshold from €332,084 to €250,000.
  • On Carbon Tax - Increase in Carbon Tax on fossil fuels from €15 per tonne to €20 per tonne. Applied to petrol and auto-diesel from midnight 6/12/11.

-          Allowing farmers a double income tax deduction for increased costs arising from the change in carbon tax.

  • On Dirt Tax DIRT from 27% to 30%.
  • On Home heating - Not to be applied until May 2012. No increase of Carbon Tax to solid fuels, so no increase for coal or peat.
  • On Domicile Levy - Abolishing the "citizenship" condition for payment of the Domicile Levy so as to ensure that "tax exiles" cannot avoid it by renouncing their citizenship. Intends to keep the contentious issue of the tax treatment of tax exiles under constant review.
  • On Reliefs in Section 23-type investments will not be terminated or otherwise restricted for investors with annual income under €100.
  • On Public finances. Department now estimates the General Government Deficit for 2011 will be 10.1% of GDP, less than the 10.6% required by the EU/IMF. Target for 2102 is 8.6% of GDP.

-          Full measures already announced account for €600m; announcing additional new tax measures today worth €1bn approximately.

  • On Agri-foods - "Significant reductions" in the rate of Stamp Duty on the transfer of commercial property, this will also apply to farmland.

-          Modifying retirement relief from Capital Gains Tax so it better incentivises the timely transfers of farms and businesses before the current owners reach the age of 66.

-          50% stock relief for all registered farm partnerships and 100% stock relief for certain young trained farmers forming such partnerships.

  • Betting (Amendment) Bill: The final draft of the Betting (Amendment) Bill is expected from the Attorney General’s office early in the New Year. It is intended that this will come in to effect from the second quarter of 2012. This Bill allows for the implementation of betting duty on remote betting and a new betting intermediary duty for betting exchanges.

 

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New radical proposals from Germany and France concerning the EU threaten to divide the 17 countries which currently use the Euro as their currency.

Both France and Germany have stated that they want to completely overhaul the European Union and build a much more integrated political and economic federation.

One of the plans being proposed is that countries would have to add a “balanced budget rule” to their constitution.

It appears that the European Court of Justice would be given the task of ensuring that these amendments would be effective.

National parliaments would also be legally constrained as to how much debt they could issue.

As usual the markets reacted on a positive note but commentators said that this was probably down to the fact that traders are hoping that the European Central Bank will now take a much more active role in controlling borrowing costs for countries, particularly Italy.

The new radical proposals certainly will be met with stiff resistance by many countries inside and outside the Euro zone as the measures will be seen as stripping away their national sovereignty.

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Bob Tallent

The Synergy Group

24th November 2011


So you want to invest in new technology, bring your costs down and deliver a much better product and turnaround time frame. Normally speaking you would go to your bank with a business plan. But guess what? As a normal business it seems that neither the banks nor indeed the government or State agencies want to know.

Let me start by saying that I have a problem with the Government, Enterprise Ireland and County Enterprise Boards mainly, who, and in some case only, support High Potential Start Ups (HPSU’s).  According to the EU stats, 85.3% of all businesses in Ireland employ less than 10 people (micro business) and a very small percentage of those are HPSUs.

The AIB Start-Up Accelerator Fund is made up of €22 million - €20m from AIB and €2m from Enterprise Ireland.  The Fund is managed by ACT Venture Capitalists and is designed to help entrepreneurs create companies that can lead in international markets.

The fund was set up as part of the bank recapitalisation process and has already invested €2 million in five companies:

  • Storyful.com, social news website; (How is this site that much different from dpnlive.com, I hear you ask)
  • Swerve, gaming software development company;
  • Barracuda FX, financial services software company;
  • Biosensia, UCD-based medical diagnostics company.
  • The fifth company has yet to be announced

The AIB Start-Up Accelerator Fund expects the investment in these first five companies to create 92 jobs over the next five years.

As part of the bank recapitalisation with AIB four specialist seed capital funds have been established, with Bank of Ireland contributing the bulk of the €124 million they have available to invest.

The investments made by the new Fund will focus on developing high-growth, export-oriented companies in emerging sectors such as Digital Media, Internet, Software, CleanTech and Medical Devices.

My problem here is that there is no mention of the ‘normal’ business that also needs support.  What about our industry?  What about printers who need to invest in order to survive, who need to re-skill, who need to go after new markets?  What about printers who have to use modern machines in order to provide the home market efficiently and effectively?  Where is the help for them?

Brendan O'Connor, Head of Commercial Banking, AIB, said: “The fund is an important element of AIB’s seed capital capability and the Bank now has facilitated the creation of €75 million in funding making it the largest seed capital provider in the country. With today’s announcement, it means AIB is facilitating, on average, one new investment per month in equity capital for fast growth and high potential Irish owned businesses, supporting the creation of new jobs across the country."

“If we are to turn this country around and create a new economy which can support the levels of employment we need, central to that will be dynamic Irish companies,” Minister Bruton said. “That is why a key part of the Government’s jobs plan is to target policies at sectors where Irish companies have the capacity to break into export markets and grow quickly to create jobs. ICT, financial services and life sciences are sectors where Ireland has a long record of success in attracting multinational companies, but the challenge now is to convert that into success also for Irish companies."

 

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Ricoh In Rugby Sponsorship Talks

Company considering a possible partnership deal with Leinster Rugby. It was reported over last weekend that multinational document Management Company Ricoh is talking to Leinster Rugby about a possible sponsorship deal. A spokesman for the company said it was…
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Double Act To Deliver For Ireland

“Bad cop, bad, bad cop” says it all.I liked the headline quote in the Irish Herald on Wednesday, 6th November concerning the appointment of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane as the new manager and assistant manager of the Irish national soccer team – “I’m the bad…
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English Premier League Clubs Agree To Control Costs

New rules to be voted on by the main Premier League board in April. English Premier League clubs have decided to respond positively to growing concerns about spiralling wage costs by agreeing to impose spending controls. UEFA had warned on the 4th of February…
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UK Minister Says English Soccer Must Modernise Governance

Legislation is proposed if FA does not act before 2013-2014 season. UK Sports Minister Hugh Robertson has said the governance of English soccer must improve by the start of next season otherwise the U.K. government will bring in legislation to force…
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Gavin makes his mark on Dublin senior football panel

New Dublin football manager Jim Gavin has started to make his mark on the senior squad by cutting Paul Brogan and Ross McConnell from the panel. Neither was present when he outlined his future plans to a provisional squad of 50 players assembled on Friday,…

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