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Investor confidence at record high

Investor confidence is up and the chief executive of the Financial Markets Authority is confident that it is more likely to stay that way.

Monday, May 29th, 6:00AM

The regulator's latest investor confidence survey shows that confidence has risen to 65% of all respondents, from 56% last year.

Investors are the most confident they have been since the survey started in 2013. Confidence in the effective regulation of the markets has improved to 69% from 63% last year.

FMA chief executive Rob Everett said investors seemed to have started to pay attention to the presence of regulators, although confidence increased among those who were aware of the FMA and those who were not ...MORE»

Getting to Know: Aaron Bowkett

Friday, May 26th, 12:50PM

Aaron Bowkett says the most important piece of advice he's received is, "it's all about the relationship". He's constantly on the go, travelling New Zealand, meeting advisers. Just don't mention currency trading...

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Supreme Court orders McIntosh to repay RAM 'profits'

Friday, May 26th, 12:48PM

The Supreme Court has ruled Hamish McIntosh can keep his initial $500,000 investment with the failed Ross Asset Management but must repay the fictitious profits of $454,000.

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Chance to learn from licensing mistakes

Advisers who have to go through the entity licensing process could do well to learn from early Financial Markets Conduct Act license applicants and not submit applications that contain the words “insert company name here”.

Friday, May 26th, 6:00AM

The Financial Markets Authority has released a guide to licensing, after the initial wave of license applications unde the FMCA.

By December 2016, financial service providers caught by thew new regime had to be licensed.

The FMA received a total of 253 license applications, of which 201 resulted in a granted license. Eleven were unsuccessful and 41 withdrawn. Fourteen of those withdrawn were personalised DIMS and full DIMS applications ...MORE»

InvestNow mix-up disappointing: Stubbs

Thursday, May 25th, 6:00AM  6 comments

Simplicity founder Sam Stubbs says he is disappointed about a mix-up with direct investment platform investNow which resulted in his firm pulling its funds.

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Budget could boost advice promotion: Dodds

Thursday, May 25th, 6:00AM

The Government should stump up some money in this year’s Budget to promote financial advice, the chief executive of the Institute of Financial Advisers says.

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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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Investor lending remains in check

Wednesday, May 24th, 11:55PM

Restraints on the housing market are still doing their job with new residential mortgage lending down again in April, according to the Reserve Bank’s latest lending data. MORE»

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Southern Cross updates policies

Thursday, May 25th, 3:09PM

Health insurer Southern Cross has made changes to its policies and tweaked it affiliated provider programme. 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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Time for sinking cap on KiwiSaver fees: Glass

Wednesday, May 24th, 6:00AM  5 comments

KiwiSaver providers should not be allowed to charge a fee of more than 100 basis points – and if they cannot run their funds on that, they should not be in business, says Paul Glass, executive chairman of Devon Funds Management. MORE»

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  • InvestNow mix-up disappointing: Stubbs
    “Bobby is right. Simplicity is a reporting entity for AML/CFT. They can rely on a third party for CDD/EDD etc, but they need...”
    16 minutes ago by Barry Read
  • InvestNow mix-up disappointing: Stubbs
    “No Murray. Simplicity need to know where the money is coming from. The rules don't say they can just make an assumption....”
    1 day ago by Bobby
  • Insurers want tweaks to client-first duty
    “Curious to see Partners Life seeking a tightening of replacement rules after seeding its business with business rolled from...”
    3 days ago by paulgogol
  • InvestNow mix-up disappointing: Stubbs
    “I heard Simplicity's recent wealth innovation tour and excited about it. What are the timeline to reduce the minimum investment...”
    3 days ago by ramanan3012
  • InvestNow mix-up disappointing: Stubbs
    “@bobby I think you have got the wrong end of the stick. The issue isn't AML as you think and suggest. Rather more likely...”
    3 days ago by Murray Weatherston
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