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David Whyte's 5 predictions for 2020

Last week Good Returns published five predictions for the year ahead. This week guest contributor David Whyte offers his five predictions for 2020.  As he says: "All of which will, of course, come to pass and be regarded as prophetic, insightful, and accurate. Or none of them will come to fruition and will have as much value as an Iranian Rial."

Saturday, January 18th 2020, 6:00AM 2 Comments

by David Whyte

1. FAP Interim licence applications will gather considerable momentum in the first quarter and may even continue through June. However, the number of full licence applications will be considerably lower as prohibitive cost and complexity become apparent to individual advisers. This will be followed by a period of consolidation as 'orphaned' advisers either seek shelter or leave the industry. Corporatised adviser organisations will also consolidate as scale becomes a more influential factor in sustainability and previously viable business models become more fragile.

2. One or two product providers will open the door to homeless unlicensed advisers and the return of tied agencies will have been legitimised by the legislation, thus pushing the industry back some thirty years as product pushers regain credibility. Consumers will be unable to identify clearly and unequivocally on whose behalf an adviser is acting and in response, FINANZ will mount a significant publicity campaign to inform New Zealanders that only Financial Advisers, independent of any contractual obligations to product providers, can truly address the public's interests and act objectively on behalf of consumers.

3. The industry associations will take it upon themselves - and on behalf of their members - to challenge the standard of industry analysis published by all sources. In response, the Government will require that all parties producing research on the financial services industry adhere to the principles stated in the "Governments Expectations for Good Regulatory Practice" April 2017 document and demand robust analysis be provided in support of future recommendations. These principles will be applied to media, regulators, industry, and consumer bodies.

4. In the risk product space, the non-cancellable income protection product will come under widespread pressure and the sustainability of the existing product design will be challenged. This will be driven by negative claims experience hitting reinsurance reserves and capital adequacy in Australia with the inevitable flow-on effect to the New Zealand market. A modified more affordable and more accessible version of income protection will emerge and be widely adopted by (independent) financial advisers as a viable solution to client loss of income risk. Nominated Representatives will do as they're told.

5. In the investment markets, there will be increased volatility emerging as the impact of Brexit begins to bite on the European markets and the prospect of Trump being re-elected later in the year becomes likely. While New Zealand will remain well-positioned to absorb international volatility, there will be some upward pressure on interest rates causing some distress in the domestic residential space as extended household debt metrics reveal the extent of consumer vulnerability.



David Whyte was the general manager of AIA New Zealand and chief executive of the Ginger group. He know runs DCW Consulting.

Tags: Financial Services Legislation Amendment Act Income Protection Markets Opinion

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Comments from our readers

On 16 January 2020 at 8:29 am JPHale said:
Pretty much...
On 16 January 2020 at 11:38 am All hat no cattle said:
@ number 2: LOL - don't hold your breath. And besides, even if they did do it, if someone needs it they should probably already be gone.

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