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S&P launches sustainable versions of flagship indices
ELIZA BAVIN  |  FRIDAY, 25 SEP 2020
S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) has launched sustainability screened versions of its core US equity indices. The new series includes the S&P 500 Sustainability Screened Index, the S&P MidCap 400 Sustainability Screened Index, and the S&P SmallCap 600 ...
Westpac reaches $1.3bn AUSTRAC deal
ELIZA BAVIN  |  THURSDAY, 24 SEP 2020
... reporting obligations to ensure this doesn't happen again in the future," she said. Alan Kirkland, chief executive of CHOICE said the settlement clearly demonstrates that personal executive accountability is still missing in the financial industry. ...
Advice too expensive, hard to access: FPA
ALLY SELBY  |  WEDNESDAY, 16 SEP 2020
... to build their financial capability and understanding is critical not just to them individually but to the nation." But CHOICE chief executive Alan Kirkland said it is vital that this advice be customer-centric to meet the needs of the Australian population. ...
New managed portfolio on MyNorth
ELIZA BAVIN  |  MONDAY, 14 SEP 2020
... MyNorth is anchored to three objectives - cost effectiveness, seamless administrative functionality and unrivalled investment choice," Egan said. "This new offer continues the delivery of this strategy, supporting advisers in providing clients with tailored ...
Technology can ease adviser red tape: Academic
KARREN VERGARA  |  THURSDAY, 3 SEP 2020
Digital innovation could be the answer to tackling product-choice confusion and reducing red tape in the financial advice sector, according to an academic. Pamela Hanrahan, a lawyer and professor at University to New South Wales Business School, told ...
SMSF member increase bill reintroduced
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  THURSDAY, 3 SEP 2020
... advantage of this policy change may be small, the increased maximum has our support because it brings greater flexibility and choice to the SMSF sector." It was first announced ahead of the 2018/19 budget and was introduced in the Treasury Laws Amendment ...
IOOF names licensee chiefs, acquires platform
JAMIE WILLIAMSON  |  WEDNESDAY, 2 SEP 2020
... consolidation of licensees, closing FSP, Executive Wealth Management and Actuate and transitioning the attached advisers to their choice of remaining IOOF licensees. Marking its second acquisition this week, IOOF also announced the purchase of Wealth ...
Industry funds triumph July performance
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  WEDNESDAY, 2 SEP 2020
... pension ranked first over three, five and seven years returning 8.2%, 7.5% and 9.3% respectively. AustralianSuper's balanced choice income came in second over the same periods returning 8.2%, 7.5% and 9.3%. Over the one-year period Cbus conservative ...
APRA reviews priorities in super
KARREN VERGARA  |  TUESDAY, 1 SEP 2020
... outsourcing. Before 1 January 2022, the prudential regulator wants to publish enhanced versions of the MySuper, insurance and choice heatmaps. At the end of the 2022 financial year, it aims to: finalise strengthening prudential standards SPS250 Insurance ...
IOOF posts profit, restructures business
ELIZA BAVIN  |  MONDAY, 31 AUG 2020
... and Actuate licences. Chief executive Renato Mota said IOOF will support the transition of advice businesses into their choice of IOOF's licensees. "Today marks an important milestone in the execution of our advice transformation. We will play a key ...
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