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Finance is least ethical sector: Governance Institute
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  FRIDAY, 27 NOV 2020
The financial services sector has had the highest improvement on an ethics index despite still receiving the lowest score of all sectors, new research shows. Governance Institute of Australia's fifth annual Ethics Index 2020 ranked the banking ...
Life insurance performance plummets
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  FRIDAY, 27 NOV 2020
The life insurance industry has continued to take a hit to profit, with risk products reporting significant losses. The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority's (APRA) latest quarterly life insurance performance statistics paint a bleak picture ...
Zurich launches new fund
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  THURSDAY, 26 NOV 2020
Zurich Investments has launched a new fund based on the structural changes that will change the way we live over the next decade. The Global Thematic Focus Fund will consist of three to six high conviction investment themes with a portfolio of 35 to ...
Magellan axes currency hedging in trust
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  THURSDAY, 26 NOV 2020
A Magellan trust has removed its currency hedging strategy to reduce the downside risk to the portfolio when equity markets and the value of the Australian dollar are both declining. Magellan High Conviction Trust will move to an unhedged approach to ...
EQT wins endowment mandate
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  WEDNESDAY, 25 NOV 2020
Equity Trustees has won a mandate to manage half the investment portfolio of an endowment fund that supports vulnerable children and families in Australia. The $18 million OzChild endowment fund is committed to improving the lives of at-risk children ...
Count Financial targets growth with new hire
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  WEDNESDAY, 25 NOV 2020
The ASX-listed advice and accounting group subsidiary has appointed a former NAB/MLC manager as its practice development and growth manager for Queensland. Stephen Carlton joins from NAB/MLC where he was business growth manager for Queensland and the ...
ESG bringing the family together
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  TUESDAY, 24 NOV 2020
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing have emerged as a common interest for high net worth families who have competing interests over financial advice, risk and objectives, new research shows. Barclays Private Bank found that by 2030 ...
ASIC takes SMSF accountant to court
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  TUESDAY, 24 NOV 2020
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has commenced legal proceedings in the Federal Court against a Gold Coast-based SMSF accountant for failing to comply with an enforceable undertaking. Jenan Oslem Thorne, otherwise known as ...
AFCA pivots to member experience
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  MONDAY, 23 NOV 2020
The Australian Financial Complains Authority (AFCA) is placing a higher emphasis on member experience following an increase in its membership base, two years on from its launch. In its first two years, AFCA's membership has grown to 40,000 members across ...
Business tax expanded to big corporates
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  MONDAY, 23 NOV 2020
The government has expanded its temporary tax write-off measure to include businesses with turnover over $5 billion. Businesses with aggregated turnover over $5 billion due to income from overseas that have invested $100 million intangible depreciating ...
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