NewCo headed for abandonment

CBA's wealth management spin-off is on life support after it was announced the man charged with leading the new venture, Jason Yetton, would leave the business in January without a replacement.

Self-built CRMs put providers on notice

API technology is giving advice firms the ability to build and scale their own client management tools and hold other providers accountable, according to Lifewealth CEO Jason Harwood.

Flush market sparks sequencing alert for pre-retirees

The eventual end to an unprecedented bull run presents a higher degree of sequencing risk for those approaching retirement, according to Fidelity’s Richard Dinham.

The winemaker & the adviser: In their own words

Eighty-seven year old wine maker Jim Irvine’s capacity for risk has not only propelled him to the top of his professional game, it’s also led to decades worth of interesting share market conversations.
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Surging HNW segment, meet shrinking advice pool

There are now almost 500,000 Australians with over $1 million to invest according to Investment Trends, and their preference is shifting from brokers and bankers to holistic advisers.

MLC split beckons despite weak NAB earnings

Progress is being made in the divestiture of MLC, NAB’s acting CEO said on the bank’s full year results call, despite the damage wealth management is still doing to its bottom line.

View from the acquirer: Vale all-rounders

While all-rounders have traditionally had a place on the cricket pitch, AZ NGA CEO Paul Barrett looks for more specificity of purpose when he invests in advice practices.
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Allan Gray doubles down after rough patch

The contrarian investor admits it has had a "difficult year", but it has no intention of giving up the search for value and will ride out the “money bubble”.

Advice firm flips script on fundies

Queensland-based Elston started out as an advice business, grew into managed accounts and has recently launched its own unitised fund at a time when traditional funds managers are going in the other direction.

QE but not as you know it

The RBA’s intent to use quantitative easing is clear, says JP Morgan’s Kerry Craig, but it will likely take the shape of something much more unconventional that simple bond buying.
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Ethics code tightens screws on SoAs

Unnecessarily long or complex SoAs are highlighted in the second iteration of the Code of Ethics, which could increase the compliance burden and ultimately invite class actions.

FASEA recasts conflicts rules with new guidance

A focus on integration, dispensation for ‘ancillary products’ and a reference to the ‘duly remunerated employee’ mark standard three in the second iteration of FASEA’s controversial ethics code.

Big December: FASEA prepares for largest exam turnout

Advisers ranging in age and experience will sit FASEA's adviser exam in December, including Park Street Group's co-founder James Dakin, who will not take the experience lightly despite his existing qualifications.
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