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Superannuation

Super’s not a panacea for all ills: CareSuper’s Lander

Super should be a long-term savings and investment strategy only according to CareSuper’s long-time CEO, Julie Lander, and shouldn’t be dipped into for other purposes.
Professional Standards

Can legal compliance and the Code coexist?

FASEA’s Code of Ethics may be incompatible with Chapter Seven of the Corporations Act but the two can exist together, say lawyer Selina Nutley and JB Were Technical Services Manager Kym Bailey.
Industry
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Industry

M&A plows on despite pandemic

Domestic mergers and acquisitions continued their strong run through FY21 as markets gained more certainty around the effects of the pandemic, with IOOF's $1.44 billion purchase of MLC Wealth from NAB leading the financials sector.
Industry

21 years to gender gap equity: Financy Index

Improvement in equality across employment metrics is on the improve, albeit slowly, according to new research from Financy Women’s Index (FWI) publisher Financy.
Regulation
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Regulation

Frydenberg lines up ASIC review squad

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has leant on business community leaders to head up the new Financial Regulator Assessment Authority, which is being tasked with reviewing and reporting on the effectiveness and capability of ASIC and APRA. Former Macquarie CEO Nicholas Moore will be the authority’s inaugural chair, along with Gilbert + Tobin lawyer Gina Cass-Gottlieb and […]
Opinion
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Opinion

What systems theory knows about the business of advice

CEOs rarely have the best ideas so organisations that are serious about innovation and growth need to adopt a loose system that is flexible and open. Paul Barrett writes.
Opinion

Challenging WINIWIMI and the importance of framing

An adviser’s personal communication style and rapport building skills are important for getting the most out of client conversations but there’s something even more powerful, Paul Moran writes.

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Profiles

Taking risks and sitting on the client’s side: Crestone’s Michael Chisholm

While Crestone is keen to partner up with providers to bring products to the wholesale market, CEO Michael Chisholm takes a much dimmer view of advice firms being product providers. "We’re against product manufacturing, you can’t do that and objectively assess products in the market," he says.
Professional Standards

Advisers bolster talent programs with uni lectures

Concerned by the skinny pipeline of advisers coming through the ranks, Kris Martin and his business partner organised school visits and guest lectures to complement their talent adoption program.
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7 March, 2022

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 event designed specifically for senior research professionals. The forum focuses on issues related to the generation and delivery of research and research-related materials to clients.

6 - 7 June, 2022

Licensee Summit

SUITABLE FOR: Licensee and dealer group heads.
The annual Licensee Summit is recognised as the key event for the leaders of financial planning dealer groups and licensees to meet and engage with peers and colleagues to discuss the issues that underpin great businesses and the delivery of great advice.
Advice
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Superannuation

Investing in a YFYS world (it’s rosier than you think)

It is easy to bemoan the loss of portfolio flexibility created by the poorly designed Your Future, Your Super (YFYS) performance test. But, viewed through a positive lens, there is now a fascinating challenge to integrate the impact of YFYS into a fund’s updated investment model.
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‘We treat accountants as friends’: PWG’s Mathew Cassidy

The Melbourne outfit has grown from $90,000 revenue in 2003 to $25 million in 2021 on the back of a tri-modelled referral arrangement with accounting firms. Co-founder Mathew Cassidy says it's these relationships that have kept the business growing despite a "complete overkill" regulatory environment.
Profiles

The counsellor’s journey to advice: Antoinette Mullins

Helping kids cope with trauma-related violence in South Africa set this young woman on a path to listening and connecting with people on a deeper level. It didn’t take long for Antoinette to find her true calling in financial advice.