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End of year CEO message

2023 year end CEO message

As we approach the end of another eventful year, I wanted to take a moment on behalf of WLM Financial to express our gratitude for your continued trust and partnership. It has been a year marked by both challenges and opportunities, and we are thankful to have navigated these unpredictable times together with you.

In reflecting on the global economic landscape of 2023, it is evident that we have encountered a period of softened growth. Numerous economies have grappled with technical recessions, presenting a unique set of challenges for businesses and investors alike. Amidst this backdrop, the equity markets witnessed a notable trend, with the Magnificent 7, mega-cap technology companies, dominating returns, while the remainder of the asset class remained relatively benign.

On the local front, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) made a pivotal decision by maintaining the cash rate at 4.35% during its early December meeting. This rate is set to persist until at least February, signaling a cautious approach by the central bank. The resilience of the Australian economy in the face of global headwinds is noteworthy, and every economic cycle, as unique as it may be, presents us with lessons and insights.

Interestingly, the anticipated impact of higher interest rates on the economy has been less pronounced than expected. This is particularly intriguing given that Australian households are among the most indebted globally. The dynamics at play underscore the complexity of economic forces and the need for adaptive strategies.

In general, our clients have certainly found the economic conditions of the past year challenging, especially those with debt as the impact of interest rate rises has had a dramatic effect on their bottom line. However, for some, these conditions have presented some opportunities as competitors either exit the market or present buying opportunities.  

Other big new stories this year have related to data security breaches of big businesses, however these problems are not limited to the top end of town as cyber security becomes an issue for all of us. At WLM, we continue our commitment to ensuring the security of your data. This year, we invested significant money conducting a cyber security audit which resulted in a number of upgrades to our firewalls and physical servers. In addition, we have proactively increased the use of our Karbon software to collect and manage client information. Our dedication to safeguarding your confidential information remains a top priority, and we will continue to leverage innovative technologies to enhance our data security measures.

As we stand on the brink of a new year, we look forward to facing the challenges and seizing the opportunities that lie ahead. Your success is at the heart of our mission, and we remain dedicated to providing you with exceptional financial services and support.

Thank you for choosing WLM Financial as your trusted financial advisor. Wishing you a joyful holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

Warm regards,

Dan McGrath

CEO, WLM Financial Services Pty Ltd

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