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Is the Financial Advisers Act working?

Whether the Financial Advisers Act is really helping consumers to get advice is one of the key questions a panel of experts wants addressed when the law is reviewed next year.

Friday, October 31st, 6:01AM  1 comment

A panel discussion about the review was held in Auckland yesterday, hosted by Infinz, CFA Society and Massey University.

Speakers Barry Read, of IDS, Claire Matthews, of Massey, Iain Southall, manager of the corporate law team at MBIE, John Hawkins, of the Shareholders’ Association, Liam Mason, FMA’s head of legal and Kiwibank chief investment officer Simon O’Grady outlined what they thought the focus of the review should be ...MORE»

FMA has eye on commissions

Friday, October 31st, 6:00AM  2 comments

Practices that encourage churn or switching, RFA and AFA conduct and remuneration arrangements, including commissions, are risks to financial services providers’ conduct that the FMA wants to tackle, its chief executive says.

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Investors 'not fazed' by Gross departure

Thursday, October 30th, 6:00AM  1 comment

Limited options for New Zealand investors may dull the impact in this country of Bill Gross’ departure from PIMCO, one commentator says.

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Aussie providers slow to accept portability

Australian superannuation providers are still dragging their feet when it comes to accepting transfers of money from KiwiSaver.

Wednesday, October 29th, 6:00AM

New Zealanders with superannuation in Australian schemes have been able to transfer it to schemes here - and vice versa - since the beginning of July last year.

It is compulsory for providers to allow savers to withdraw their accounts but they do not have to receive funds from across the ditch.

So far, few Australian advisers are playing ball.

WA Super announced this week that it would accept eligible contributions from KiwiSaver accounts as of October 23 ...MORE»

Advisers not recognising complaints: FSCL

Wednesday, October 29th, 5:59AM  1 comment

Disputes resolution schemes need to work to improve their visibility with the public but that doesn’t mean they want to encourage  complaints, FSCL’s chief executive says.

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Adviser designations need attention: Scott

Tuesday, October 28th, 6:00AM

Clarifying the designations advisers use could help boost perceptions of the sector and consumer confidence, says Massey University’s new director of financial planning.

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OCR good news for borrowers

Thursday, October 30th, 2:51PM

Home loan rates don’t look like going up anytime soon following today’s official cash rate announcement from the Reserve Bank. MORE»

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Your Guide to the FAA Review

Friday, October 24th, 9:32AM

Russell Hutchinson's guide on how to have a real input into the Financial Advisers Act Review. MORE»

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10% miss Information Return deadline

Thursday, October 2nd, 6:00AM

Ninety per cent of the inaugural AFA information returns were submitted on time. 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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KiwiSaver members told: Don't forget tax

Thursday, October 23rd, 6:00AM

KiwiSaver members are being told to consider the impact of tax on their investments. MORE»

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