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BDMs put through level five to understand adviser experience

13 October 2019 - Asteron Life is putting all of its business development managers through the level five financial services qualification so they can better understand what the new requirements are for advisers.

Asteron offers to guide advisers through change

3 October 2019 - Asteron Life says it wants to help advisers take advantage of changes happening in the insurance industry.

Govt not throwing baby out with bathwater: Ballantyne

25 September 2019 - Government moves to introduce conduct licensing for insurers are being welcomed as proof it's taking a sensible approach to reform.

What SMEs think of life insurance advisers

25 September 2019 - Asteron Life has just released its annual survey of SMEs. Find out how life advisers compare to their business counterparts.

Asteron and Fidelity go head to head for award

13 September 2019 - Asteron Life and Fidelity Life are again duking it out for the life insurance company of the year Award run by ANZIIF. The Australian and New Zealand...

Partners Life axes volume-based incentives

5 September 2019 - Partners Life is removing its volume-based bonuses for advisers and will replace them with rewards for good conduct.

Asteron Life links up with health insurance companies

15 August 2019 - Asteron Life is giving advisers the ability to connect clients' health insurance with their Asteron personal cover, and streamline the application process.

Asteron reports lift in profit

7 August 2019 - Asteron Life and AA Life have recorded a joint profit jump of 12.8% in the most recent financial year.

Dealer groups face future without overrides

7 August 2019 - Some dealer groups may have to rethink their value proposition as product providers move away from volume-based commission structures.

Insurers put spotlight on conduct processes

11 July 2019 - Insurance companies have supplied regulators with their plans to ensure better industry conduct.

Insurers welcome mental health boost

6 June 2019 - Insurers hope an increase in mental health funding announced in the Budget will mean they deal with fewer people in crises.

Dunedin insurance broker ordered to pay Asteron $371K

15 May 2019 - A Dunedin insurance broker who claimed he was too sick to work - while splashing out on luxury cars, a new home and overseas trips - has been ordered to repay more than $370,000 in income insurance payouts.

Asteron: Working closely with regulators

14 February 2019 - Suncorp’s life insurance business, including Asteron Life and its AA Life joint venture, saw its profits fall by almost a quarter between the first and second halves of last year.

Level premiums for life among Asteron changes

7 February 2019 - Customers will have the option of level premiums to age 100, thanks to changes being announced to Asteron Life insurance policies.

Asteron makes tweaks to help customers

23 January 2019 - Asteron Life is tweaking some of its materials to help customers have better conversations with advisers about the products offered.

Women need to connect with advice: Asteron

4 December 2018 - Insurance advisers may have an untapped market in female small business owners.

Off-shore conferences off the cards

30 October 2018 - The Financial Markets Authority seems to have got its wish - overseas trips will soon be few and far between for insurance advisers.

Asteron reveals product changes

5 September 2018 - Asteron Life has added a range of enhancements to its personal insurance policy range, including a continuous trauma benefit for customers with standalone trauma recovery cover.

Asteron Life not sold with Australian business

10 August 2018 - Asteron Life and AA Life have delivered a profit of $39 million to its parent company, Suncorp, in the past year.

Asteron appoints Frecklington replacement

14 June 2018 - Asteron Life has appointed a new executive manager of life distribution, replacing Mark Frecklington who, tragically, died earlier this year.

Asteron Life launches flexible mortgage insurance

30 April 2018 - Asteron has launched a “one stop shop” Mortgage and Living insurance product that allows customers to tailor their coverage mid-contract.

SME owners lack income protection

10 April 2018 - Asteron Life research has found only 17% of small and medium enterprise business owners and decision-makers (SMEs) have income protection insurance.

Asteron Life gives advisers SME boost

28 March 2018 - Insurer Asteron Life is to launch a SME Insurance Index for the life insurance market, in April.

FSC suffers financial blow but integration on cards

7 December 2017 - Insurers giving up their memberships have hit the Financial Services Council in the pocket.

New board at FSC

17 November 2017 - The Financial Services Council has elected a new board at its recent annual meeting. Chief executive Richard Klipin said the FSC is in good shape financially...

Asteron launches online application tool

11 October 2017 - AsteronConnect says its new online quotation tool should make it easier for advisers to quote for customers.

Online offer 'more than quote and compare'

14 September 2017 - A new insurance advice firm is promising consumers a more in-depth online service.

Asteron starts review after fraud

3 September 2017 - Asteron Life has reviewed its processes and introduced new controls after being hit by a fraudulent life insurance claim.

Insurers could do better: FSC

3 July 2017 - Insurers have work to do to better comply with their disclosure requirements, the Financial Services Council says.

Unlocking the gold in your client base…

10 April 2017 - Asteron Life’s enhanced Employee Insurance Changes to our Employee Insurance covers

Asteron offers quake help

22 November 2016 - Asteron Life is offering financial help to people affected by the Kaikoura earthquake. It is offering to waive premiums for three months, up to $2000 per...

Asteron keeps focus on sustainability

11 August 2016 - Asteron Life says it has the best insurance retention rates in New Zealand due to its focus on sustainability.

Fidelity names new CEO

14 July 2016 - Fidelity Life has named a new chief executive to replace Milton Jennings - and the successful candidate is from another life company.

Anti-commission argument not winning: Ballantyne

17 May 2016 - Partners Life boss Naomi Ballantyne has questioned the motives of a new report that suggests insurers could improve their fortunes by moving away from a commission-driven distribution model.

Shake-up won't disrupt adviser business: Suncorp

8 March 2016 - Suncorp says it will retain its links with its third-party distribution network, after a structural shake-up.

Asteron now under Vero leadership

2 March 2016 - Suncorp, which owns Asteron Life, has restructured the business resulting in a new role for Nadine Tereora.

Advisers replacing policies are doing their jobs

23 November 2015 - Insurers react to report. OnePath doesn't agree with much of it. Partners says the authors guessed numbers and Asteron becomes fifth company to quit the FSC.

Asteron quits FSC

20 November 2015 - Asteron Life is the fifth life company to quit the its membership of the Financial Services Council (FSC). 

More female insurance leaders needed: Tereora

16 November 2015 - Asteron Life managing director Nadine Tereora says there is more room for women in leadership roles in the New Zealand insurance industry.

Asteron and Fidelity stick with FSC - for now

13 November 2015 - Asteron and Fidelity Life have both slammed the FSC report on life insurance saying that the authors Melville Jessup Weaver have done a poor job.

Partners, Ballantyne and Asteron pick up Awards

6 November 2015 - Partners Life, Naomi Ballantyne and Asteron have all been recognised at the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) insurance...

Asteron accepts award, predicts change ahead

30 October 2015 - Rising reinsurance costs may lead to more life insurance product simplification, Asteron Life's chief executive says.

Online prep for new advice clients

5 October 2015 - More than 460 customers have used Asteron Life’s new online LifeSnap tool in its first month of operation.

Property prices to blame for S&P downgrade

18 August 2015 - Rampant Auckland property prices – as opposed to the banking and finance system itself - are to blame for Standard & Poor’s downgrading of New Zealand’s risk assessment.

Suprising new marketing techniques

17 August 2015 - Two advisers I know have recently taken the churn debate right into the public domain and uses it as a positive marketing strategy: in almost exactly opposite ways.

Former broker to face jury

18 June 2015 - Napier insurance broker David McGuffie yesterday pleaded not guilty to four charges of making dishonest claims to four large insurance companies.

Asteron maintains rating

12 March 2015 - Asteron Life has maintained its A+ financial strength rating from Standard & Poor’s, signifying its continued strength in the life insurance industry.

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