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Formal Financial Advice NZ conversations start next month

More of the countries’ adviser associations will be approached more formally early next month about the possibility of becoming involved with Financial Advice New Zealand.

Friday, August 26th 2016, 6:00AM 5 Comments

by Susan Edmunds

Michael Dowling

The new professional association, to represent financial advisers, is being developed by the Institute of Financial Advisers and the Professional Advisers Association.

But to achieve the clout and scale it desires, it will need more than just the memberships of the two organisations to join. It will have to pull in some of the thousands of advisers who are not a member of any professional body at present.

After both the IFA and PAA memberships voted in favour of the establishment of the new association, work is getting under way in earnest.

The working group developing the association is holding a facilitation day on September 5 with Lester Levy, change management expert and chief executive of the New Zealand Leadership institute.

IFA president Michael Dowling said the day would be used to develop guidance on how to roll out plans for the new organisation.

He said other attempts had been made to set up similar organisations in the past but they had not been successful. Financial Advice NZ wanted to pick the brain of an expert to produce an organisation that could represent the various segments of the advice industry.

It has been suggested that the organisation could follow the same route as that chosen by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment for the Financial Advisers Act review, with an issues paper followed by an options paper, and opportunities for consultation.

It is expected that by March 31 next year Financial Advice NZ will have a mandate, structure and constitution in place so that advisers can make a decision on whether they want to commit to membership of the organisation.

It is understood that if there is majority support among the IFA and PAA memberships, the organisation will be created and it is likely that the IFA and PAA will then be wound up.

Key to Financial Advice NZ’s success will be how well it taps into the registered financial adviser market. They are underrepresented in adviser bodies but are set for a large amount of change under the new version of the Financial Advisers Act.

Dowling said Financial Advice NZ had had informal discussions with a range of industry associations, including the general insurance brokers’ association IBANZ, but formal discussions would start after September 5.

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On 26 August 2016 at 12:07 pm AFA said:
The first thing the IFA would have to do is get rid of its idiotic requirement that AFA's who have had years of experience need to be "monitored" by some 25 year old before they can join the club.
On 26 August 2016 at 3:47 pm smitty said:
Unless I have missed something isn't that only if you decide to go down the CFP or CLU pathway? Besides, if you are being mentored, it isn't an age related thing, it's a qualification and experience related thing.

If the 25 year old has had the experience in dealing with clients, has been through different market cycles and has completed University level study, then I would say that is invaluable...
On 26 August 2016 at 7:39 pm Winka said:
Smitty....you appear to have mis-read 'monitoring' as 'mentoring'.
At my age, i would hardly find value in being 'mentored' by a 25 year old.

It is well accepted that life may seem to be 'set-up' the wrong way around....and that we therefore end up with age-old sayings that seem to ring true, such as "If only I knew back then what I know now!"

A 25 year old can actually offer some fresh (and refreshing)views on age-old things, but there can be no effective substitute for having been through 'several' economic cycles (disasters), and an oldie obviously has more of them up his belt.

I would be more concerned about bureaucracy sneaking in under a form of guise as being a necessary 'monitor'.

'Monitoring' and 'mentoring'look similar, but are quite a bit different!
On 29 August 2016 at 8:43 am smitty said:
@ Winka, I agree, so am puzzled as to why AFA made the monitoring comment? IFA doesn't have a monitoring stance...
On 29 August 2016 at 12:14 pm Tash said:
Perhaps the IFA can tell us if they have a mentoring requirement for new member applications. I personally know of an insurance adviser who had to do that to join and was told by him that the IFA was happy for a Life Company BDM to do the mentoring!

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