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ASIC keeps watch on SMSF auditors
DARREN SNYDER  |  MONDAY, 29 OCT 2018
Updating its position on self-managed superannuation fund auditors, ASIC said more than 120 have come under the regulator's watch in the five years ending June 30. ASIC said it has deregistered, suspended or imposed conditions on 101 SMSF auditors ...
Governance specialist names new chief executive
DARREN SNYDER  |  FRIDAY, 26 OCT 2018
An industry association dedicated to best-practice corporate governance and culture is welcoming its new chief executive. The Governance Institute of Australia appointed Megan Motto as its new chief executive from January 2019. She is the former ...
ASIC and Austplan agree to mutual breakup
DARREN SNYDER  |  FRIDAY, 26 OCT 2018
Austplan will lose its Australian financial services licence in November following ASIC surveillance which found deficiencies in the establishment of self-managed superannuation funds and client referrals. ASIC will cancel Austplan's AFSL effective ...
Unpaid super penalties too light: ISA
DARREN SNYDER  |  THURSDAY, 25 OCT 2018
Industry Super Australia suggests the Australian Taxation Office's approach to unpaid superannuation is becoming a moral hazard whereby employers think they can escape penalty. Testimony from the ATO at the Senate Estimates committee for economics ...
Wealth group announces new chief executive
DARREN SNYDER  |  THURSDAY, 25 OCT 2018
An ASX-listed wealth management group is welcoming its new chief executive, promoting from within. Yellow Brick Road has appointed Frank Ganis as its leader. He joined YBR as a board member in 2017 and recently stepped into an advisory role . Ganis ...
AMP divests life business
DARREN SNYDER  |  THURSDAY, 25 OCT 2018
AMP will exit life insurance in 2019, following a $3.3 billion sale of its wealth protection business. It will also divest its New Zealand wealth management and advice businesses via an IPO. The completion of an AMP portfolio review led to the ...
Bank-owned advice firm requests ASIC extension
DARREN SNYDER  |  MONDAY, 22 OCT 2018
Highlighting the point ASIC chair James Shipton made about slow and delayed responses from Australia's financial institutions , a bank's financial advice subsidiary has sought an extension to complete a major report as part of its enforceable ...
Are ETFs really the next smartphones?
DARREN SNYDER  |  FRIDAY, 12 OCT 2018
Investment in exchange-traded funds can no longer be "phoned in" especially when the products are viewed as a transcendent technology that will reshape the traditional fund landscape. Using the analogy that smartphones have become less about ...
Diversification mandates lead the way: Research
DARREN SNYDER  |  THURSDAY, 11 OCT 2018
Alternative risk premia mandates from institutional investors decreased slightly last financial year, but it's hardly a global slowdown, according to an international investment consultant. The latest asset manager intelligence and market ...
Financial literacy critical to European retirement
DARREN SNYDER  |  THURSDAY, 11 OCT 2018
Australians are not alone when it comes to leaving retirement savings on the table from a lack of financial literacy. However, Europeans arguably face a steeper learning curve. The J.P. Morgan Asset Management 2018 Income Barometer Survey, which ...
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