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APRA clarifies super fund acquisition process
KARREN VERGARA  |  TUESDAY, 16 JUL 2019
APRA has released further guidance for parties interested in acquiring a stake in superannuation funds. Parties seeking to acquire a 15% holding or more in an RSE must undertake the new application process. The process, APRA said, is consultative and ...
FASEA exam was fair: Poll
KARREN VERGARA  |  TUESDAY, 16 JUL 2019
Less than a third of the financial advisers surveyed in Financial Standard 's spot poll found the inaugural FASEA exam questions difficult, while the majority said it was reasonable. Less than half (44%) of the survey participants said the questions ...
Super fund launches new options
KARREN VERGARA  |  MONDAY, 15 JUL 2019
A $1.5 billion superannuation fund has introduced new ethical options for its 27,000 members. Christian Super, which is a founding signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, has launched two new options: Ethical Growth Plus ...
Government reduces deeming rates
KARREN VERGARA  |  MONDAY, 15 JUL 2019
The Federal Government has announced changes to deeming rates, a move welcomed by over 600,000 age pensioners. The Department of Human Services (DHS) will backdate deeming rates from 1 July 2019. The lower deemed rate will drop from 1.75% to 1%, while ...
APRA sticks to rigid member outcomes deadline
KARREN VERGARA  |  FRIDAY, 12 JUL 2019
The prudential regulator has set high expectations for trustees to meet the inaugural annual outcomes assessment, which is less than six months away. While consultation for prudential standard Strategic Planning and Member Outcomes (SPS 515) is underway ...
Advisers struggle with untapped SMSF market
KARREN VERGARA  |  FRIDAY, 12 JUL 2019
The demand for self-managed superannuation fund advice has stagnated over the last decade, while overall satisfaction with financial planners has declined to a seven-year low. This is according to Vanguard and Investment Trends' March 2019 SMSF Report ...
Beyond the China A shares hype
KARREN VERGARA  |  FRIDAY, 12 JUL 2019
As major indices increasingly broaden accessibility to Chinese equities, one emerging markets specialist argues investing in the country goes beyond index inclusion. The landmark move by MSCI last year opened the floodgates to the once-difficult-to-access ...
NEOS upgrades super product
KARREN VERGARA  |  THURSDAY, 11 JUL 2019
Enhancements to NEOS Life's superannuation product Super Plan are helping customers apply for cover in a fraction of the time. When applying for the risk-only superannuation product, a customer's identity is validated and automatically matched with ...
ESG options outperform in the short term: Research
KARREN VERGARA  |  THURSDAY, 11 JUL 2019
Investment options managed according to socially responsible, ethical or sustainability principles tend to outperform in the short-term, new superannuation research shows. Rainmaker's latest Roundup report, which analysed 139 multi-manager, strategic ...
Increasing SG costly for middle Australia: Grattan
KARREN VERGARA  |  WEDNESDAY, 10 JUL 2019
Lifting the Superannuation Guarantee will make middle-income earners poorer over their entire lifetime, new Grattan Institute research shows. Raising the SG from 9.5% to 12% would see a 30-year-old worker fork out $30,000 over their lifetime, Grattan ...
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