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AMP well-positioned for insurance tax changes

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.

Friday, August 22nd, 7:11AM

AMP Financial Services has reported a five percent lift in operating earnings for the six months ending June 30 June.  The $59.4 million result has been driven by increasing profit margins.

Profit margins for the period were $60 million; up 8% compared to the same period last year. This margin growth was primarily driven by a reduction in controllable costs and an increase in assets under management...MORE»

It's always the adviser's fault - not

Thursday, August 21st, 9:17AM


Sovereign posts solid result

Friday, August 15th, 11:53AM

Sovereign has reported a solid result for the 12 months to June 30 and says new products and the adviser channel are going well.



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Shadow shares hit bottom line

Friday, August 15th, 6:00AM

Shadow shares cost Partners Life Group Holdings $900,000 in the most recent financial year, its group financial statements show.


Partners not concerned by loss

Thursday, August 14th, 6:00AM

Partners Life has had a $7.8 million dollar turnaround in its results and reported a $2.85 million loss for the 12 months to March 31, compared to a $4.97 million profit in the previous year.


Lifetime expands

Wednesday, August 6th, 9:14PM

Financial advice group Lifetime has grown to 55 advisers after the purchase of Wellington firm Red Risk.


Partners: No threat to advisers

Thursday, July 31st, 6:00AM

Direct insurance sales are no threat to the adviser force, Partners Life’s Naomi Ballantyne says.


So little TPD, for tiny sums

Monday, July 28th, 7:25PM

Getting clients to buy TPD can be a bit of a struggle. At least, to judge from the in-force premium statistics, at just $40 million premium out of more than $1.5 billion of in-force premium it is tiny.



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