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FAA review means advisers spend less time advising clients

Small financial advice firms who have only just finished getting their businesses in line with the current Financial Advisers Act now face a hefty bill to do it all over again.

Friday, July 22nd, 5:58AM  4 comments

Proposed changes for the Financial Advisers Act were revealed last week, and include a new approach to licensing advice businesses and adviser compliance – although the details of this are yet to be ironed out.

Sue Brown, of law firm DLA Piper, was previously head of primary regulatory operations at the Financial Markets Authority. She praised the reforms suggested, in particular the removal of distinctions between category one and two products, class and personalised advice, and the various acronyms that had divided the adviser population ...MORE»

Fisher Funds defends 'super-salary'

Thursday, July 21st, 6:00AM  2 comments

The offer of a so-called “super-salary” to a former Diversified Investment Strategies’ director was not intended to justify a lower sale price for the business, the purchaser has told the High Court.

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[OPINION] Proposed two-tier system has major flaws

Tuesday, July 19th, 5:01PM  2 comments

IFA Manager, Member Learning & Development Andrew Gunn says the FAA proposals have some laudable aspirations however it has a major loophole which benefits QFEs.

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Managers struggle in volatile environment

Fund managers struggle to add value in periods of market volatility, one analyst says.

Tuesday, July 19th, 6:00AM

MJW has released its latest investment survey, which shows the returns from core Australasian share managers ranged from 19.2% to 24% for the year to June 2016.

Quay Street achieved the top return of 24.0% for the year with Milford close behind at 23.8%.

But the median manager return was 21.6%, compared with an index 12.9%.

In global share markets, only five managers were able to beat the MSCI over the 12 months ...MORE»

'Super salary' on offer, court told

Monday, July 18th, 1:08PM

One of Diversified Investment Strategies’ directors says he had no idea of the salary and benefits on offer to his co-director if she jumped ship to Fisher Funds.

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Code Committee to get more power

Monday, July 18th, 6:00AM  9 comments

Proposed changes to the Financial Advisers Act will place more power in the hands of the code committee, which administers the code of professional conduct.

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Industry must face up to trend for commission regulation

Friday, July 15th, 11:51AM  5 comments

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

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Banks care more about income than equity

Sunday, July 24th, 9:53AM

Homeowners who want to tap into their increased equity in their homes are being warned they may be disappointed, unless they have had an income boost, too. MORE»

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Adviser products shine

Wednesday, July 20th, 6:00AM

Insurers say competition and pressure from advisers is forcing them to come up with better policies than those offered by banks. MORE»

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IDS restructures to guide advisers through change

Thursday, July 21st, 6:00AM

Compliance firm IDS has restructured to help advisers prepare for more regulatory change on the horizon. MORE»

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Stewart Group boosts investment committee

Wednesday, July 20th, 8:55AM

University of Auckland business school associate professor to assist advice group. MORE»

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Former finance firm completes full circle

Monday, June 20th, 2:36PM

Listed non-bank finance company GFNZ Group plans to revert to its old name of Geneva Finance and boost its share price. MORE»

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Time for KiwiSaver reality check

Monday, July 18th, 5:30PM

Financial advisers are being urged to give clients a reality check about what they really need in retirement. MORE»

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