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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 ...
Midwinter gives Dover discount digital advice
STAFF WRITER  |  THURSDAY, 24 SEP 2015
Midwinter has partnered with Dover Financial Advisers to offer competitive pricing for AdviceOS, its digital advice platform. As reported in Financial Standard in May , AdviceOS is a holistic digital advice solution, which enables clients of AFSLs to ...
Many APLs still block managed account usage
STAFF WRITER  |  WEDNESDAY, 23 SEP 2015
Despite the rise and rise of managed accounts, financial advisers still report that APL and AFSL restrictions are the main blockage on more of them getting on board with this new way of administering investments. Financial Standard has just completed ...
No industry is immune from poor culture risk: ASIC
STAFF WRITER  |  TUESDAY, 22 SEP 2015
There are currently no sectors in the financial services industry immune from the risk of cultivating a poor culture, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) commissioner John Price said. Speaking at the 2015 Customer Owned Banking ...
State Street appoints APAC markets head
STAFF WRITER  |  THURSDAY, 17 SEP 2015
State Street has appointed a new head of global markets sales and trading and research for the Asia-Pacific region. Colin Zhong joined State Street from UBS, where he specialised in "currency and fixed income rates products in locations including Hong ...
ANZ completes $720m capital raising
STAFF WRITER  |  MONDAY, 14 SEP 2015
ANZ has announced it has completed its $720 million share purchase plan offer. The bank's statement to the ASX said it will "accept all eligible applications and issue approximately $720 million of ANZ shares at $26.50 per share." The offer was originally ...
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