Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 14 May 2019

Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 14 May 2019
  • AIA Australia discounts lump sum policies

  • OnePath announces adviser portal improvements

  • Integrity Life announces product enhancements

  • Asteron Life exiting stage left

  • Life Code Compliance Committee (LCCC): still work to do

  • Australasia Wealth Services and Management licence suspended

  • Westpac paying back over 30 per cent of fees-for-no-service

  • APRA sends letter, demands action from disability income providers

  • FSC says no to civil penalties for voluntary industry code

  • Adviser AFS licences revoked due to dual authorisation with other licensee

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Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 7 May 2019

Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 7 May 2019
  • CFS removes nine undesirables, adds three new index funds

  • Tribeca partners with advisory firm to launch new Asian Credit fund

  • Equipsuper and Catholic Super to merge

  • Netwealth opens new office, makes new appointments

  • Superannuation startup relaunching

  • IOOF fails to meet APRA’s deadline

  • ASIC appoints receivers to Berndale Capital Securities

  • APRA review looks at insurance in super

  • AIST wants AFCA to name and shame super funds

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Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 23 April 2019

  • Vanguard launches ETF

  • CareSuper reduces administration fees with admin switch

  • Colonial First State drops fees across super and investments

  • First State Super brings advice in-house

  • One-stop-shop SMSF platform for accountants and planners launches

  • IOOF class action filed after Royal Commission evidence

  • CitiGroup to refund over $3m after sale of complex products

  • Super bills on hold

  • New legislation removes incentives for employers to choose super funds

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Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 16 April 2019

  • BT Protection Plan changes

  • Freedom Insurance selling admin and advisory business, goal to close its doors

  • Integrity Life announces product enhancements

  • Asteron Life extends wholesale commission discount offer

  • BT’s Cancer Assistance Program results

  • Bridges to buy Bendigo and Adelaide Bank advice business

  • SMSF Advisers Network with additional licence conditions imposed

  • AMP FP new AFSL conditions imposed

  • Update on CBA’s AFSL conditions

  • Victims of financial misconduct to have greater supports

  • ASIC can now intervene on problematic financial products

  • FPA calls for ‘general advice’ term to be dumped

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Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 9 April 2019

  • QB launches execution algorithm on ASX

  • IFM Investors opens European office

  • VicSuper and First State Super consider merger

  • NAB scraps 'introducer payments’

  • Christian Super launches Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation plan

  • Institutional Shareholder Services acquires Strategic Insight

  • New alternatives platform launch

  • New small caps boutique at Fidante Partners

  • Zurich closes international equities fund

  • Australian Super increases insurance premiums

  • Refundable franking credits removal fails committee approval

  • Budget relaxes super contribution rules for retirees

  • Product dashboards for MySuper products temporary disclosure-related relief extended

  • APRA’s new powers in the super realm

  • New laws for financial product design and distribution pass

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Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 2 April 2019

  • TAL introduces business underinsurance workshops

  • AMP removes leadership bonuses

  • MLC Life argues for life insurance commissions

  • Westpac exiting personal financial advice

  • FASEA adviser education update

  • Treasury pushing for standardised insurance definitions for group insurance, consultation open

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

  • Sunsuper rolls out new online services for advisers

  • Macquarie no longer offering SMSF residential home loans

  • Hostplus partners with Flexstone Partners on private equity emerging managers program in USA

  • MyNorth fees dropped

  • Quinn Emanuel launches shareholder class action against IOOF

  • APRA may publish worst performing super funds, trustees to expect harsher treatment

  • Perpetual launches credit income trust

  • ASIC places Endeavour and Linchpin into liquidation

  • ASIC cancels first AFSLs of those failing to join AFCA

  • ASIC obtains interim injunctions against Forex Capital Trading

  • Westpoint investors will receive $1.5 million after class action

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

  • BT’s LifeCENTRAL+ Desktop is updated

  • Integrity Life enters retail life risk space

  • Clayton Utz surrenders withheld AMP interview documents to ASIC

  • Commonwealth Bank delays demerger

  • FPA launches FASEA policy and education hub

  • FSU campaign to end gender pay gap

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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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Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 22 January 2019

  • Adviser licensee joins forces with investment platform for innovation

  • FASEA updates on education standards

  • Westpac and BT still failed consumers, says court

  • Advanced Wealth Financial Services in court

  • HNW Planning has licence restrictions applied

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