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More time needed for new rules

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment officials have been told they may not be giving the financial advice industry enough time to transition to new legislation.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 6:00AM

The release of the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill exposure draft outlined a timeline for the new regime. It was expected that the new Code of Conduct would be approved by August next year. The proposed new regime would take effect six months later, at the start of 2019.

Existing industry participants would have another two years to meet any new competence, knowledge and skill standards ...MORE»

Lifetime lowers investment bar

Monday, May 22nd, 9:10AM

Lifetime Retirement Income is lowering the amount that people need to invest in its variable annuity product, a move its managing director, Ralph Stewart, says is in response to market demand.

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Socially responsible investing (Part 4): Growing pineapples in Alaska

Monday, May 22nd, 9:00AM

This month’s commentary looks at change – how consumer values are changing, how businesses are impacted and how advisers can respond.  The adviser response may involve new socially responsible product and this commentary also considers whether there is a risk of “greenwashing” when it comes to financial products.

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Getting to Know: Brian Coker

Brian Coker lost his legs in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. But within weeks he was trying to get back to work.  He says there's no point asking "why me"...

Friday, May 19th, 11:00AM

Who are you and what do you do?

I am a certified financial planner CM and authorised financial adviser coming from a background specialising in estates, trusts and high-net-worth clients with over 25 years experience, initially working for a law firm and then a trustee company. Currently, I work from Christchurch as a financial planner and investment adviser with Saturn Portfolio, a non-aligned financial advisory firm based out of Auckland ...MORE»

FMA acknowledges regulatory 'burden'

Friday, May 19th, 6:00AM  2 comments

The Financial Markets Authority says it is concerned with how the burden of regulation is being felt by the financial services industry.

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Trustee business sold to Australian firm

Thursday, May 18th, 1:30PM

Complectus has ditched its plans to list its trustee business, instead deciding to sell to an Australian firm.

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Industry must face up to trend for commission regulation

Friday, July 15th, 11:51AM  8 comments

Massey University's Michael Naylor discusses the FMA's report on insurance replacement business. MORE»

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Surprise at RBNZ’s OCR outlook

Thursday, May 11th, 10:26AM

The Reserve Bank’s decision to hold the OCR at 1.75% was expected, but economists are surprised at its projection the OCR will remain on hold until late 2019. MORE»

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How do we change what ‘most people know’?

Tuesday, May 23rd, 12:11PM

A lot of what most people know is incomplete, or rubbish. MORE»

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FARs - where's the accountability?

Wednesday, March 29th, 6:00AM  16 comments

It is appropriate for financial advice providers to be accountable for their financial advice representatives, because they are simply acting as a conduit between the provider and the client, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says. MORE»

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New face at Southern Cross

Wednesday, May 17th, 9:21PM

Southern Cross has a new head of distribution. MORE»

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FMT ticks over $500m in investments

Thursday, May 4th, 8:10AM

While banks clamp down on lending and restrictions tighten for investors, one non-bank lender has more money to offer than ever. MORE»

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Kiwis leaving retirement planning too late

Wednesday, May 17th, 8:47PM

New Zealanders are leaving their retirement planning too late, one KiwiSaver provider says. MORE»

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