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[Weekly Wrap] Regulators need to be careful with funds firms

If video killed the radio star then regulation could kill some fund managers. Here's why.

Friday, August 29th, 11:50AM  1 comment

During the week I was sent this article which argued that active managers are dead and passive will win the day. The premise of the article is that it's getting harder to find returns - or the returns of the good old days are something from the past - and fees have to come down.

The equation says this equals unprofitable businesses.

This argument between active and passive has gone on for the 25-plus years I have reported on funds management is is likely to go on, unresolved, for as long as I report on the area ...MORE»

Older investors a key concern: Commission

Friday, August 29th, 6:00AM  4 comments

New Zealanders are vulnerable to poor investment decisions when they reach retirement with a lump sum in their pockets – but getting them to pay for financial advice remains a hurdle, the Retirement Commissioner says.

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Ignore technology at your business' risk

Thursday, August 28th, 6:00AM  2 comments

Being ahead of the technological trends will help advisers stay relevant with their businesses, says Stuart Auld, head of sales for New Zealand at Morningstar.

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Higher standards imposed on advisers

The impact of Australian providers’ moves to beef up the qualification requirements of financial advisers will be felt on this side of the Tasman too, the chief executive of one professional association says.

Wednesday, August 27th, 6:00AM  4 comments

Last week, Australia’s big four banks and AMP announced they were requiring higher standards of the financial advisers.

AMP was first, telling its 3800 advisers that within five years they all must either hold CFP accreditation, Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner accreditation or a masters in financial planning.

Then ANZ, Westpac and NAB confirmed they were making similar moves – NAB said it would require advisers to hold a relevant degree and an advanced diploma in financial planning, or be working towards one ...MORE»

Advisers must be better than 10 years ago: FSC

Tuesday, August 26th, 6:00AM  2 comments

Modern investment advice requires advisers to have more skill than was required 10 years ago, the chief executive of the Financial Services Council says.

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FMA eyes terminated funds

Tuesday, August 26th, 6:00AM  1 comment

New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority is looking into the effects on New Zealand investors of the decision to terminate four of van Eyk’s funds.

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[MRadio] A refi tale

Monday, August 18th, 7:00AM

Philip Macalister gives you a round up of interest rate news; tells you a story about a re-finance he has just done, and talks about Westpac’s latest moves. MORE»

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AMP well-positioned for insurance tax changes

Friday, August 22nd, 7:11AM

AMP has posted a solid result for the six-months to June 30, as it prepares for the change in life insurance taxation rules next year. Managing director warns there is pressure ahead, especially in the distribution space. MORE»

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Shorter version of return gets green light

Tuesday, July 8th, 6:00AM  3 comments

AFAs will have to answer 40 questions about their businesses each year in Information Returns submitted to the Financial Markets Authority. MORE»

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Boyle leaves ANZ

Friday, August 29th, 2:26PM

After more than 17 years with ANZ Investments (previously known as OnePath, ING and Armstrong Jones) David Boyle is leaving the firm. MORE»

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KIPT bonds oversubscribed

Friday, July 11th, 5:02PM

Kiwi Income Property Trust’s offer of seven-year bonds has been oversubscribed. MORE»

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Concern at conservative fees

Thursday, July 31st, 6:00AM

Many conservative KiwiSaver funds aren’t delivering returns to justify their fees, Morningstar’s co-head of fund research says. MORE»

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