Regulation

Advisers to abandon insurance in the face of independence disclosure

The Treasurer’s commitment to introduce legislation forcing advisers to proactively disclose a lack of independence could force many to reconsider their commissions-based insurance offerings.
Technology

87pc say robo-advice has been a fizzer

A recent Professional Planner poll asked advisers whether the impact of robo-advice on the industry has been significant or underwhelming. The response was conclusive.
Industry

Time to come clean: Upstart calls out platform conflicts

The head of WealthO2 is reproaching platform providers for accepting shelf fees and taking a cut on cash accounts. Advisers aren’t the only ones that need to strip out conflicts, she reckons.
Regulation

ASIC continues its big-end-of-town focus

ASIC has revealed its current enforcement projects and investigations remain focused on the banks and AMP despite the proliferation of smaller licensees and self-licensing.
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Industry

HUB24’s Alcock backs mid-tier licensees

The outspoken platform head reckons ‘institutional dislocation’ will continue as medium-sized licensee groups take the reigns and win market share.
Industry

Centrepoint doubles down on fee-for-service transition

After getting 86 per cent of its 227 advice businesses to sign up for a fee-for-service model, the licensee is now focusing on conflict-free models for its dealer services offering.
Industry

Not all dealer services are built the same

The head of Clearview’s dealer services provider warns that self-licensed advisers are taking a chance by using providers that rely on external professionals to get the job done.
Investment
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Investment

Now is the time to be a contrarian investor: Allan Gray

Finding conviction in an unloved stock is a “difficult manoeuvre”, according to Julian Morrison from contrarian fund manager Allan Gray, which counts AMP among its active positions.
Investment

The super industry’s drive for scale: Who benefits?

The argument that bigger fund leads to better returns is mixed and is largely dependent on liquidity and opportunity size. The evidence on the benefits of scale is not encouraging so far.
Investment

Advice in the 2020s about empathy, not information

Values needs to move from the periphery to the focal point, because when it comes to information provision the machines have got advisers beat according to Tassos Stassopoulos.
Education
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Education

Advisers warned not to take FASEA delay for granted

Academics and providers have joined advisers in welcoming the easing of FASEA’s education deadlines, but urged them to use the extra time wisely and avoid kicking the can down the road.
Education

Exclusive interview: FASEA’s Glenfield on a defining year for advice

FASEA's chief executive reflects on his own resilience following the advice industry's most defining year.
Education

Advisers achieve 90pc pass rate on FASEA exam

FASEA CEO Stephen Glenfield has extended his congratulations to those who passed the first ever adviser exam, now a requirement to be a practising financial adviser.
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September 24, 2019

Risk Advice Summit

Insurance advice professionals will come together as a single voice at the inaugural Risk Advice Summit in Sydney in September, initiated by AIA Australia and facilitated by Professional Planner.

Listen to and interact with policymakers, consumer groups, overseas risk advice experts, as well as your peers and industry leaders, to map out a sustainable future underpinned by better outcomes for all Australians.

December 4, 2019

Researcher Forum

SUITABLE FOR: Heads of dealer group and licensee research businesses, senior executives of independent research firms, and senior professionals involved in researching investment products for inclusion in model portfolios and implemented consulting.

The forum focuses on issues related to the generation and delivery of research and research-related materials to clients.

March 31, 2020

Retirement Conference

SUITABLE FOR: Chief executives, chief investment officers and heads of product and personnel working in member services and advice of Superannuation funds

 

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