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AML due diligence puts clients off

Requirements imposed by the Anti-Money Laundering Act are serving as a disincentive to clients thinking about putting their money with financial advisers, it has been claimed.

Friday, October 2nd, 6:00AM

Under the AML/CFT Act, financial advice businesses that deal in category one products are reporting entities. They must complete a risk assessment of their business, establish and maintain an AML/CFT programme, conduct customer due diligence including identification and verification of identity and report any suspicious transactions.

But Bill Raynel, of Investment Solutions Northland, said it was not always well-received by clients when he asked for identity documents such as passports and driver's licenses ...MORE»

More Heat than Light: Discussions about currency hedging

Thursday, October 1st, 6:57AM  4 comments

There are several discussion topics that are absolutely guaranteed to generate a lot of comment on websites like Good Returns.  Performance fees, Active/passive management and currency hedging. Pathfinder director Paul Brownsley presents his view on currency hedging.


Investors told: Don't let softer dollar put you off

Thursday, October 1st, 6:00AM

There is a warning that investors who hesitate about investing globally because of the fall in the New Zealand dollar run the risk of missing out.


Roboadvice may be too expensive to pay off

Commercial constraints may put the brakes on on roboadvice reaching its full potential for now, it has been suggested.

Wednesday, September 30th, 6:00AM

National Australia Bank is in the process of rolling out NAB Prosper to 40,000 of its customers. There are plans to offer it to all three million of its Australian online banking customers eventually.

It is a roboadvice tool that offers general advice on insurance and retirement savings.

But Binu Paul, who runs SavvyKiwi, which provides an online tool to match savers Kiwi Saver members with the right fund, ongoing information and education on a subscription basis, said the application of roboadvice was likely to be limited for now ...MORE»

Advice processes prompt complaints

Tuesday, September 29th, 6:00AM

Complaints about financial advisers to the Insurance and Savings Ombudsman scheme primarily relate to fees and advice processes, its latest annual report shows.


QROPS rules put stop to mergers

Monday, September 28th, 6:00AM  2 comments

British migrants whose pensions are now trapped in KiwiSaver schemes are a roadblock for providers wanting to merge funds or acquire other schemes.


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Global factors make for low rates

Monday, September 28th, 2:10PM

Low interest rates look set to continue as the Reserve Bank’s annual report emphasises the importance of maintaining a flexible monetary policy in the face of global economic challenges. MORE»

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AIA makes major play in health insurance market

Thursday, October 1st, 8:25AM  3 comments

AIA has signalled its growth intentions with enhancements to its personal product range, and launching with a new health product that lifts medical cover to $500,000, with a discount regime to make their insurance products more affordable for customers. MORE»

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Submission slams FMA

Friday, August 7th, 6:00AM  11 comments

SiFA has entered a searing submission in response to the Financial Advisers Act review issues paper. MORE»

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Synergy appoints former Sovereign man

Tuesday, September 29th, 4:47PM

Synergy, the new class DIMS offer from FANZ and Consillium has appointed a business development manager to work with advisers. MORE»

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Big boost for Harmoney

Friday, September 25th, 11:15AM

International peer-to-peer operator P2P Global Investments has agreed to provide up to $200 million of lending capital to Harmoney, which will be used to support continued growth in the New Zealand market and the upcoming Australian operation. MORE»


Problem of million non-contributing KiwiSaver members

Tuesday, September 29th, 10:02PM

AMP is calling for the one million New Zealanders who have stopped contributing to KiwiSaver on a regular basis to consider reinstating regular contributions in order to save for their retirement. MORE»

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