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Advice is about relationships, not legislation

It will come as no surprise to advisers that a survey of consumers shows that they value their personal relationship more highly than legislative requirements and qualifications.

Friday, July 3rd, 7:01AM

The survey was done in March for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment by Colmar Brunton.

It shows that consumers do little research on the qualifications, or registration status, of their financial adviser, but they  have a high level of trust in the financial adviser they consult.

"This is derived from three elements of the relationship: being recommended a financial adviser by someone they know, developing a personal connection and relationship with the adviser, and the reputation and size of the investment company, bank, or insurance company for whom the adviser works (or is affiliated) ...MORE»

Thomas mints mandate with Super Fund

Thursday, July 2nd, 1:50PM

Rebecca Thomas's Mint Asset Management has won a mandate with the NZ Super Fund following AMP Capital's decision to outsource its management.


Questions to ask fund managers

Thursday, July 2nd, 5:50AM

For financial advisers and investors the working of fund managers can be a mystery.  Exactly what does a fund manager do – and more importantly, how do they do it?  Part of the issue with understanding fund managers is to know what questions to ask.  


Dealer groups should be QFEs

Insurance dealer groups should become QFEs and take total responsibility for their members’ operations, Kepa chief executive Jeff Page says.

Wednesday, July 1st, 5:59AM  15 comments

He says dealer groups like Kepa should be made to become qualified financial entities (QFEs).

“I’m passionate about it.” I think that the dealer groups should be the responsible entities.”

Page runs Kepa which is the largest dealer group in New Zealand with around 750 members.

“I think the dealer groups need to stand up and say we are responsible for the actions, activities and advice that our members give to the community,” he said ...MORE»

IFA to take part in global survey

Tuesday, June 30th, 6:30AM

The Institute of Financial Advisers is taking part in "a landmark global study" to find out about consumers' attitudes to financial advice.


QROPS now trapped in KiwiSaver funds

Monday, June 29th, 6:11AM

People who have moved their UK pension to KiwiSaver schemes are now trapped in their current funds, following a decision from the UK tax department.


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Falling dairy prices to prompt OCR cuts

Thursday, July 2nd, 10:32AM

OCR cut predictions have taken a big step up following the latest fall in dairy prices. MORE»

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Churn debate: Sovereign has nothing to add

Saturday, June 27th, 9:16AM

In the latest in our series of interviews with life insurance industry leaders on the vexed of churn and the FMA's investigation, we speak, briefly, to Sovereign CEO Symon Brewis-Weston. Here's what he had to say. MORE»

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Qualification questions may cause concerns

Thursday, May 28th, 6:00AM  3 comments

A crackdown on adviser qualification requirements could prompt some to leave the industry, it has been claimed. MORE»

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UDC gets new boss

Tuesday, June 30th, 5:55PM

ANZ's finance company has a new boss, after former CEO Tessa Price took up the role of Chief of Staff for ANZ Group chief executive Mike Smith. MORE»

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General Finance experiencing good growth

Thursday, July 2nd, 2:56PM

General Finance is seeing growth in its business as investors chase good yields. MORE»


KiwiSaver members urged to ponder asset allocation

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2:22PM

Conservative KiwiSaver funds are being tipped to barely outperform cash over the next seven years. MORE»

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  • Dealer groups should be QFEs
    “I am happy to concede that the wider definition of wayward may have offended some readers. I apologies if that is the case. My...”
    1 day ago by Jeff Page
  • Is the FMA looking in right places?
    “The real joke is how when large players in the market manage to get the regulator to look away, or to undertake a 'enforceable...”
    3 days ago by Chatterbox
  • Dealer groups should be QFEs
    “The term ‘dealer group’ appears to be loosely used in this discussion. Whilst it’s true that Australian Dealer Groups...”
    3 days ago by Pragmatic
  • Dealer groups should be QFEs
    “Well said Ron! Jeff - I suggest that you overlook the fact that as a QFE, you would have legal liability for the actions...”
    3 days ago by Graeme Lindsay
  • Dealer groups should be QFEs
    “Jeff, et al, what a wonderful conversation. I can't help but think that April 1 was a little while back, and this is indeed...”
    3 days ago by Hawaii Five-0
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