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KiwiSaver and Insurance: Assessing lifetime financial needs

As we approach a significant debate on whether insurance should be integrated into KiwiSaver, I personally feel we should shift our focus towards a more fundamental and engaging topic: the assessment of financial needs for one's entire life.

Tuesday, April 9th, 6:00AM

Regardless of individual stances on KiwiSaver's expansion, the conversation invariably leads us to the concept of indemnity and lifetime financial planning. This is the space where we realise just how much closer to risk management planning superannuation is, than, say, investment management.

First, we seek to understand indemnity. Indemnity, the principle of being restored to a pre-loss...MORE»

The AI revolution in financial advice: A reality check

Tuesday, March 26th, 10:36AM

Russell Hutchinson looks asks whether artificial intelligence (AI) is a threat or a help to financial advisers.


I would do anything for life, but I won’t do that

Tuesday, January 30th, 11:08AM

The Financial Advice Association of Australia (FAAA) addressed a letter to the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) concerning the Life Insurance Data Transformation consultation. What does this have to do with the New Zealand market? A lot, in fact. Australian regulation has been an exemplar, perhaps, of what not to do.



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How to handle clients during the cost of living crisis

Friday, October 27th, 6:59AM

My favourite current quote is about averages. Something I picked up at MDRT recently: in one hand you hold a burning hot coal, straight out of the fireplace. In the other hand you hold a freezing block of ice, from a commercial deep freeze – very cold. On average you are fine!


Which is the riskier business? Advice or Product?

Wednesday, October 18th, 1:51PM

Russell Hutchinson ponders what is more risky: Giving advice or making products.


Why sales is more relevant than ever in an era of increased regulation

Tuesday, September 26th, 10:14AM

This question started when I heard Tony Gribble talk about the value of the Million Dollar Round Table, or MDRT, at an adviser meeting recently.


Who understands the new map of life?

Monday, September 18th, 6:28AM

The whole idea that there is a ‘map’ to life seems more appropriate for a spiritual discussion rather than a column on financial advice, but… we’re planning for the future and the concept seems seductive.


Tech stack stuff

Tuesday, September 12th, 6:48AM

K-mart is an incredible place to shop – or better, try Walmart in the United States.



Insurance Briefs

Premium relief for customers in drought areas
Fidelity Life offers premium relief to drought-affected customers

Fidelity Life relaunches customer engagement initiative
Once again Fidelity Life wants to recognise advisers who go above and beyond to deliver amazing customer service.

Asteron Life unveils product enhancements
Asteron Life is proud to announce a series of enhancements and clarifications to multiple covers across Personal and Business Insurance product offerings, reflecting its commitment to understanding and meeting the evolving needs of customers, and making it a more seamless experience for advisers.

Partners helps fund depression recovery centre
New Whakamātūtū Wellington Depression Recovery Centre gets financial boost from Partners Life.

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