Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 12 March 2019

  • Low carbon fund launched by Russell Investments

  • Investec launches Global Environment Strategy

  • Allianz Retire+ first investment product launched

  • Loomis Sayles launches credit fund

  • BlackRock launches Australian ESG bond fund

  • Sunsuper implements advice fee caps

  • IFM Investors establishes emissions reduction targets

  • Statewide Super considering merger with WA Super and Tasplan

  • New super legislation to drop fees, consolidate accounts

  • Abu Dhabi and ASIC sign collaboration agreement

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Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 5 March 2019

  • Automated advice software developer opens Australian office

  • BT updates quoting and applications for risk, extends policy fee waiver offer

  • Suncorp sale to TAL finalised

  • Grandfathered commissions on last legs

  • AFSL approval data released by ASIC

  • APRA’s 2019 targets outlined

  • Labor wants to ban all life insurance commissions

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Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 26 February 2019

  • JP Morgan announces new digital currency for institutional investors

  • New superannuation laws passed in the Senate

  • Fight to remove controversial weapons from global indices joined by Aussies

  • HSBC’s EU concluded

  • New powers by ASIC to punish banks more harshly

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Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 19 February 2019

  • Clearview updates LifeSolutions pricing

  • MLC MySuper goes from single strategy to lifestage

  • Delays for MLC sale

  • Westpac looking at selling in-house planners

  • Fourth report on four major banks released

  • FASEA adjusts adviser exam

  • Freedom Insurance Group suspends trading

  • ASIC appeals Federal Court decision on Westpac breaches

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Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 12 February 2019

  • Centuria Life launches new product suite

  • Janus Henderson shuts down Australian equities funds

  • AustralianSuper members see admin fees double

  • IAG & NRMA Superannuation Plan merging with Sunsuper

  • Online shopping for investments

  • Jade Capital AFS licence cancelled

  • ASIC launches Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN)

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Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 28 January 2019

  • SelfWealth launches ETF for SMSFs

  • Praemium upgrading platform for advisers and investors

  • Premier Asset Management winds up 17-year-old fund

  • Australian Ethical selling stake in IOOF

  • MLC reduces wrap admin fees

  • MTAA Super cuts fees

  • Rest launches no-fee investment options

  • CFS Private Wealth wound up after ASIC investigation

  • Kaz Capital with imposed licence conditions

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Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 16 January 2019

  • VanEck reduces ETF fees

  • Strategic Insight (formerly Plan For Life) has been acquired

  • Verve Super launches supporting female financial security

  • Equip to take over superannuation for ex-Qantas catering employees

  • Insto investors get African index, finally

  • Halifax Investment Services AFS licence suspended

  • California first US state to mandate gender board diversity

  • ASIC releases consultation paper on fee and cost disclosure reform for managed funds

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