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Reforms will strengthen retirement advice: Experts

KARREN VERGARA  |  WEDNESDAY, 21 FEB 2024
Reforms underway to expand financial advice will have positive ramifications for the SMSF and APRA-regulated sectors as it will ultimately uplift outcomes in the retirement phase for all Australians, industry experts say.

Count posts positive results ahead of Diverger takeover

CHLOE WALKER  |  TUESDAY, 20 FEB 2024
Count Limited (Count) increased its revenues by 6% over the six months to December 31, while increasing its statutory profits by 135%.

Platforms ramp up innovation, back-end efficiencies

KARREN VERGARA  |  FRIDAY, 16 FEB 2024
Platform providers' ability to innovate and improve administrative efficiencies are enabling financial advisers to digitally self-serve and improve client outcomes, according to SuitabilityHub.

DASS compensation drags AFCA, lead decision published

KARREN VERGARA  |  FRIDAY, 16 FEB 2024
Compensating Dixon Advisory and Superannuation Services (DASS) victims continues to eat up the Australian Financial Complaints Authority's (AFCA) time and resources, so much so that a "lead decision" has been published to expedite the process.

Count to finalise Diverger deal

JAMIE WILLIAMSON  |  FRIDAY, 16 FEB 2024
Count's acquisition of Diverger was approved by the Federal Court yesterday, with the deal now expected to be completed on March 1.

MDA authorisations remain steady amid exodus

JAMIE WILLIAMSON  |  WEDNESDAY, 14 FEB 2024
The number of financial advisers authorised to advise on managed discretionary accounts (MDAs) has dropped just 6.1% in the past three years, despite the total number of advisers falling much more.

AMP reports boost in IFA flows, mulls advice unit options

KARREN VERGARA  |  WEDNESDAY, 14 FEB 2024
Despite seeing an influx of independent financial advisers' (IFAs) business, AMP continues to seek alternatives for its advice unit as it reports another loss.

Fiducian reports strong first half, flags growth plans

JAMIE WILLIAMSON  |  TUESDAY, 13 FEB 2024
Fiducian reported a 10% increase in revenues and 18% jump in funds under management for the six months to December end, saying it's the result of a disciplined business plan.

Colonial First State launches new offering to advisers

CHLOE WALKER  |  MONDAY, 12 FEB 2024
Colonial First State (CFS) has unveiled CFS 10X, a new offering designed to help ambitious financial advice practices grow.

ASIC chases 757 adviser registrations

KARREN VERGARA  |  FRIDAY, 9 FEB 2024
ASIC has issued its final reminder to the 757 financial advisers who have yet to register with the corporate regulator.