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Release reins of general advice to reset market: Vanguard

The closing of submissions for the Quality of Advice review saw a flurry of detailed proposals released in recent weeks. While the key points remained the same across most of the associations, that being clarity on consent and disclosure, removing the safe-harbour provisions and greater tax deductibility, proposals from the other side of the fence…

Drew Meredith | 4th Jul 2022 | More
Regulation Impact Statement to be prepared post fact

Following the 2009 Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services Inquiry into Financial Products and Services in Australia, the FoFA reforms were developed. It identified conflicted remuneration as a leading cause of poor financial advice that was provided to clients. The resolution was to ban conflicted remuneration and to thereby remove the conflict between…

Ishan Dan | 30th Jun 2022 | More
  • Turbulence ahead

    After months of fretting about soaring inflation, markets are now fully in recession-fear mode. Yield curves are flattening, credit spreads are widening, and equities are slumping—traditional recession alerts. Meanwhile, captains of industry and finance are warning of impending “hurricanes,” “super bad feelings”—and possibly even worse. The proximate cause of the latest market selloffs was the…

    Stephen Dover | 30th Jun 2022 | More
    Global asset portfolios to deliver 5% a year: BCA

    New research from BCA Consulting predicts Australian equities will outperform global equities over the next 10 to 15 years. The research house expects a global portfolio of 50 per cent equities, 30 per cent bonds, and 20 per cent alternatives to return 5.0 per cent a year in nominal terms over the next decade, lifting…

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 30th Jun 2022 | More
  • Suncorp to demerge its banking arm

    Suncorp Group (ASX:SUN) is planning to offload its banking business to that it can better focus on its main business, its insurance arm, in an attempt to improve returns and value for shareholders. The move is in line with the big banks that have offloaded their investment, advice or insurance arms to re-focus on their…

    Ishan Dan | 27th Jun 2022 | More
    Centrepoint offer continues the consolidation trend in advice

    Centrepoint Alliance (ASX:CAF) this week announced it had received a non-binding indicative offer from Diverger Limited (ASX:DVR) to acquire all the shares in the company. The offer for CAF is: Combination of cash and Diverger shares valued at 32.5 cents per CAF share This price represented a 30% premium to Centrepoint Alliance’s last closing price,…

    Ishan Dan | 27th Jun 2022 | More
    Magellan, Franklin Templeton changes lead appointments this week

    Australia’s unemployment figures remained steady at 3.9 per cent for May despite more than 61,000 people entering the workforce. The extra workers that have joined is evidence that the workforce is starting to thrive and expand in the wake of the pandemic. The May increase in employment figures is the seventh consecutive increase. The participation…

    Ishan Dan | 20th Jun 2022 | More
    The role of gold in portfolios as rates increase

    In one word yes. There has been no better time to buy Gold than now and that’s due to several reasons. Firstly, gold is trading at a discount to its all-time high of $2,788.77/oz, hit in March 2022 on the back of war in Ukraine and rising global inflation. At today’s prices Gold is trading…

    Ishan Dan | 16th Jun 2022 | More
    Hit to banks to come from higher rates

    Following the Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to increase the cash rate by 50 basis point this month, the big banks have quickly raised interest rates on their mortgages, as well as interest rates on some savings accounts. But with a slowdown in the property market, their profits could be hurt. A slowing housing market…

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 16th Jun 2022 | More
  • Mirae and Global X acquires ETF Securities

    Mirae Asset Global Investments Co., Ltd and Global X ETFs this week announced the acquisition of ETF Securities, a pioneer of exchange traded funds both in Australia and around the world. The deal sees ETF Securities’ innovative stable of investments move under a new banner and likely represents an acceleration of competition in the sector…

    Ishan Dan | 16th Jun 2022 | More
    MAX Award winners and the new world outside

    Half-way through the MAX and Investment Leadership awards for 2022, the audience was silenced by researcher and co-organiser Alex Dunnin. He said: ‘Life has caught up with us.” His forecasts were chilling. “The investment world has changed entirely,” he said. Now, we are on track to see 9 per cent inflation by the end of…

    Greg Bright | 13th Jun 2022 | More
    ATO draws up hit list for 2021-22 tax returns

    The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has warned people not to make the mistake of double-dipping their deductions in their tax return this year after identifying this as a common problem, especially in relation to work-related expenses. Assistant Commissioner Tim Loh said that around 8.4 million Australians claimed nearly $19.8 billion in work-related expenses in 2021.  “That’s a…

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 10th Jun 2022 | More
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