Even the best financial planning ‘marriages’ keep some things separate

After a merger or acquisition, some financial planning businesses choose to combine their separate compliance frameworks. But in the case of Australian Unity’s and Premium Wealth Management, the distinction between the two systems is being deliberately maintained. This is because the two Australian Financial Services licensees offer quite different services for their clients and advisers […]

A new kid on the block takes the planning software fight to XPLAN, Coin

New home-grown financial planning software provider Adviser Intelligence claims it can help planners become up to four times more efficient – just as ASIC begins policing compliance with the controversial opt-in provisions. It launches the first of its three major modules next week, starting with the Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) module. This will be […]

Planning software a key way to boost advisers’ client facing time

Next to client service, compliance is a leading priority for financial planning firms. Planning software is one way planners seek to improve compliance efficiencies and minimise risk to their clients and business. A new report has found financial planning software heavyweights Iress’ XPLAN, Rubik Coin and AdviserNETgain are still the top three providers of this […]

Should financial adviser compliance ranking be proactive not reactive?

Financial planner compliance ranking needs to be predictive rather than retrospective, according to the head of financial advice and accountancy dealer group GPS Wealth. Grahame Evans, director of GPS Wealth, compares compliance ranking to the role of insurance underwriting, in that it should indicate areas where risk could arise. One of his key criticisms of […]

New service for front-end software system

Opex Consulting, the financial planning technology consultancy established by former RI Advice executives Paul Campbell and Hamish Hockley, has launched a new service to support advice businesses in the implementation and administration of front-end software system XPLAN. Wealth Advice HQ is a fully hosted and managed solution designed to help advisers maximise efficiency gains by […]