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Equity investors will struggle in 2019: Baur
KARREN VERGARA  |  THURSDAY, 7 FEB 2019
Global share markets will continue to struggle this year as stocks will likely plunge in the same vein as last December, Principal Global Investors' Bob Baur said. The chief global economist advised the audience at this morning's Financial ...
Freedom Insurance suspends trading
KARREN VERGARA  |  THURSDAY, 7 FEB 2019
Freedom Insurance Group has requested the ASX to suspend its shares indefinitely. Freedom first requested a trading halt on February 5 based on a "pending announcement providing a material update on the financial position of Freedom and its ...
Hedge fund veteran joins Aura
KARREN VERGARA  |  WEDNESDAY, 6 FEB 2019
Aura Group appointed Damien Hatfield as an executive director to help launch new funds in its alternative assets business. Hatfield is the founder and director of Triple A Partners. He helped set up a hedge funds-of-funds operation at Colonial ...
Australians prioritise car cover over life insurance
KARREN VERGARA  |  WEDNESDAY, 6 FEB 2019
Australians prioritise insuring their cars more than their own lives, latest research shows. The majority of Australians (71%) have a car policy in place, while less than a third (31%) will make an effort to take out life insurance, comparison ...
Sequoia chief resigns
KARREN VERGARA  |  TUESDAY, 5 FEB 2019
Sequoia Financial Group's chief executive and managing director Scott Beeton is bidding farewell after nine years with the company. Beeton has also resigned as a director of the group effective February 4. In November 2018, Beeton flagged he would ...
Superannuation to face BEAR: Hayne
KARREN VERGARA  |  TUESDAY, 5 FEB 2019
The Banking Executive Accountability Regime should be extended to superannuation. This is one of nine recommendations for the superannuation sector Commissioner Kenneth Hayne has pushed for in his final report released overnight. The BEAR came into ...
Conflicts of interest recommendation falls short
KARREN VERGARA  |  MONDAY, 4 FEB 2019
Industry Super Australia has criticised the banking Royal Commission final report for falling short of addressing conflicts of interest. Industry Super Australia said the structure of the industry and other profit-to-member super funds has avoided ...
Hayne targets superannuation employer connections
KARREN VERGARA  |  MONDAY, 4 FEB 2019
Commissioner Kenneth Hayne took a hard-line against hawking superannuation products and the practices of "treating" employers in his final Royal Commission report. Hayne wants the hawking or unsolicited offer of superannuation products to be ...
Outflows dent IOOF advice, funds businesses
KARREN VERGARA  |  MONDAY, 4 FEB 2019
IOOF recorded net outflows of $481 million in its financial advice and funds management businesses during the final quarter of 2018. The advice business suffered $295 million of net outflows despite completing the transition of 661 former ...
Hiring outlook subdued: Poll
KARREN VERGARA  |  MONDAY, 4 FEB 2019
Despite numerous job indices recording a rosy hiring outlook in 2019 , Financial Standard's latest poll shows readership optimism is more subdued. Half of the financial services firms surveyed plan to decrease headcount this year. About a third ...
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