Advisers push industry funds to open up

Regulators and policymakers are investigating vertical integration and that probably has industry funds looking closely at their advice models at the moment.

SMSF Association doubts advisers can pull off exam/degree double-up

Advisers looking to combine FASEA-mandated exam and degree study may struggle to find all the courses, Peter Hogan says.

Bridges reviewing its ‘lucrative’ referral agreements

Referral deals Bridges Financial Services has with credit unions and mutual banks containing ongoing fee arrangements are being reviewed, with changes expected.

AFCA to clean up ‘barriers’ to complaints after damning ASIC research

Prompted by a negative report from the regulator, the new agency has questioned firms’ resolution times and communication with clients.
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Secret report fuels adviser exodus at Godfrey Pembroke

Advisers at one of the country’s most respected licensees are leaving in droves, aided by a private report assessing the marketplace that was delivered in August.

Vigilant practices can buck the low-valuation trend

Creating robust risk management and continuous compliance cultures and systems is how advice practices can maintain and increase their value, even as other firms sell at a discount.

Advisers not pre-empting commissions ban

While the big banks have committed to getting rid of grandfathered commissions, a Professional Planner poll shows the broader market is reluctant to follow them. Tahn Sharpe writes.
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FASEA ‘open-minded’ about changing proposals

The chief executive of the authority said he would remain open to amending its standards summary and appreciated the feedback, despite the “occasionally misinformed poets” in the discussion.
Dr Attracta Lagan
FPA Congress 2018

Hayne inquiry taming ‘savage capitalism’: ethics expert

Australia trails many other countries in the journey towards conscious capitalism but events such as the Hayne royal commission will propel it forward, Dr Attracta Lagan predicts.
FPA Congress 2018

FPA says CFP designation up for review

The FPA’s Ben Marshan said the CFP designation was never about meeting minimum standards but would get a fresh look in light of FASEA’s proposed framework.
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FASEA deals FPA, AFA members a rough hand

The guidelines released Friday, deeming the FPA and AFA’s designations worth only two credits of prior learning, are now the subject of a three-week consultation period.

Young and old: FASEA’s great divide

As the FASEA reveal draws nearer, the intentions of advisers and just which groups in the industry will be affected the most are becoming clear.

CPD submissions to FASEA reveal industry’s low bar

An analysis of 10 submissions to FASEA relating to continuing professional development shows a divergence of opinions on minimum standards.
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December 2018
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