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QAR final response winds clock back, says FAAA

JAMIE WILLIAMSON  |  THURSDAY, 7 DEC 2023
The Financial Advice Association Australasia (FAAA) is now rethinking its initial support of the government's response to the Quality of Advice Review (QAR), saying the latest proposals could "wind the clock back five years" on the industry.

Private markets make concrete inroads with advisers

KARREN VERGARA  |  WEDNESDAY, 6 DEC 2023
Financial advisers are feeling energised by private markets as fund managers pave the way to make opportunities accessible not only to sophisticated investors but also retail clients more than ever.

Advice firms must scale up to meet demand: AZ NGA

CASSANDRA BALDINI  |  WEDNESDAY, 6 DEC 2023
Financial advice businesses must supercharge their capabilities, expand their capacity, and scale up to reach and serve more Australians.

Coastal Advice Group expands reach

CHLOE WALKER  |  WEDNESDAY, 6 DEC 2023
The Newcastle-based group has acquired RI Brighton and Wealth for Life Financial Planning as part of its strategy to become one of the leading financial advice providers in the country.

Allianz Retire+ adds 'industry first' feature to AGILE

JAMIE WILLIAMSON  |  THURSDAY, 30 NOV 2023
Following industry feedback, Allianz Retire+ has made some updates to the Allianz Guaranteed Income for Life (AGILE) product it launched earlier this year.

Industry needs better retirement advice blueprint: Expert

KARREN VERGARA  |  THURSDAY, 30 NOV 2023
Longevity risk, a greying population, and the proliferation of retirement income products are forcing financial advisers to be better equipped in navigating a landscape that is becoming increasingly more complex, an industry expert says.

ASIC confirms adviser registration deadline

KARREN VERGARA  |  WEDNESDAY, 29 NOV 2023
After receiving Royal Assent on November 27, ASIC is urging all financial advisers who service retail clients to register before the 1 February 2024 final deadline.

Young women report low financial literacy: NAB

CASSANDRA BALDINI  |  FRIDAY, 24 NOV 2023
Young Australian women are reporting lower financial literacy levels and are at greater risk of financial hardship, according to new NAB research.

AMP to pay $100m to settle BOLR class action

JAMIE WILLIAMSON  |  THURSDAY, 23 NOV 2023
AMP will pay $100 million to settle the long-running Buyer of Last Resort (BOLR) class action - an amount double what it initially provisioned.

Key advice reforms still coming, Jones promises

JAMIE WILLIAMSON  |  WEDNESDAY, 22 NOV 2023
Minister for financial services Stephen Jones has confirmed the government remains committed to removing Statements of Advice and the Safe Harbour Steps, as well as accelerating changes to education requirements to meet increased demand for advice.