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Dunfo Capital AFSL canceled
STAFF WRITER  |  WEDNESDAY, 30 SEP 2015
Dunfo Capital, formerly known as GSM Financial Group, has seen its Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) canceled by ASIC. The financial services company's licence was suspended on February 2015, as ASIC gave Dunfo six months to meet its legal ...
AMP advice adds Van Eck ETFs
STAFF WRITER  |  WEDNESDAY, 30 SEP 2015
Two Van Eck exchange-traded funds have been added to the AMP approved product list. The Market Vectors Australian Equal Weight ETF and Market Vectors Australian Banks ETF will now be available to advisers at AMP Financial Planning, Charter Financial ...
SMAs on Macquarie Wrap pass $100m milestone
STAFF WRITER  |  TUESDAY, 29 SEP 2015
Separately managed accounts (SMAs) on Macquarie Wrap have passed $100 million in funds under administration in its first year. The functionality was added to Macquarie Wrap in September 2014 to provide financial advisers with access to a range of SMAs. ...
BlackRock adds to distribution team
STAFF WRITER  |  TUESDAY, 29 SEP 2015
BlackRock has expanded its distribution team with the appointment of a new regional sales head from Aberdeen Asset Management. Kate McDermott has joined the fund manager as director and head of southern region sales within its Wealth Advisory group. ...
Prime Super launches new brand
STAFF WRITER  |  TUESDAY, 29 SEP 2015
Prime Super has re-launched its brand with a new logo and tagline. The move follows a merger with the Health Industry Plan in 2014. The $3 billion industry super fund's new tagline is "surprisingly straightforward" and the old logo featuring green rolling ...
ASIC's robo-advice taskforce to monitor AFSLs
STAFF WRITER  |  MONDAY, 28 SEP 2015
ASIC's brand new robo-advice taskforce will monitor businesses that intend to provide digital advice. The regulator thinks that "the majority of digital advice initiatives will be proposed by existing licensees rather than start-up businesses." Another ...
ASX to set up shop in Hong Kong
STAFF WRITER  |  FRIDAY, 25 SEP 2015
ASX will open a local office in Hong Kong's financial district to better service its customer base in the Asian region. The office will open on 1 October and will be headed by Asian business development manager James Keeley. The move coincides with ...
Instos seeking co-designed mandates
STAFF WRITER  |  FRIDAY, 25 SEP 2015
Low interest rates and suppressed yields have prompted Australia's largest institutional investors to seek co-designed mandates. Omega Global Investors managing director George Vassos says larger investors are increasingly seeking discrete mandates ...
SLI introduces international real estate risk tool
STAFF WRITER  |  FRIDAY, 25 SEP 2015
Institutional investors have now been provided with an assessment and comparison tool for real estate risk ratings of 60 countries. International asset manager Standard Life Investments (SLI) has developed the Global Real Estate Implementation Risk ...
SMSFs impacted by power of attorney rule changes
STAFF WRITER  |  THURSDAY, 24 SEP 2015
Changes to the rules governing power of attorney in Victoria, which came into force on 1 September, will impact the way SMSF advisers service their clients. The new Powers of Attorney Act 2014 consolidates the enduring power of attorney and enduring ...
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