Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 20 August 2019

Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 20 August 2019
  • OnePath OneView Life update

  • AMP FPA to contest changes to AMP’s Buyer of Last Resort terms

  • CBA closing Financial Wisdom

  • AMP revises agreement with Resolution Life for sale of AMP Life

  • MLC Wealth restructure

  • MBS Insurance and Complete Risk Analysis to merge

  • APRA fines Westpac for reporting obligation breaches

  • FASEA exam update

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Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 13 August 2019

Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 13 August 2019
  • Updated MyNorth retirement modelling tool launched

  • Tomorrow Super launching shortly

  • BlackRock and VicSuper partner up for ESG-focused global bond index fund

  • Rest Super brings investments arm in-house

  • WTW buys specialist mergers and acquisitions broker

  • Finclear Execution fined $70k

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Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 6 August 2019

Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 6 August 2019
  • IRESS improves Xplan

  • FPA CPD platform launch

  • CountPlus shareholders in favour of acquiring Count Financial

  • CBA approved to divest CFSGAM

  • APRA stakeholder survey shows regulator favour dropping

  • NAB document leak

  • MLC adviser fee class action plans

  • ASIC suing ANZ over periodical fee payments

  • FASEA exam update

  • Grandfathering commissions proposed ban date 1 January 2021

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Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 30 July 2019

Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 30 July 2019
  • Russell Investments enters managed accounts space

  • HUB24 announces multi-currency functionality for IMs

  • Pinnacle IM set to launch zero(ish)-fee ETF

  • BetaShares launches FTSE 100 ETF

  • Cooper Investors launches equities fund

  • LGIAsuper switches out WTW for JANA as asset consultant

  • First State Super and VicSuper planning merger

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Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 23 July 2019

Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 23 July 2019
  • Integrity Life wins digital design award

  • AFA launches paraplanner community

  • Golden Financial Group AFSL cancelled

  • OnePath penalised for failing to stop selling non-compliant product

  • ASIC seeks ban on direct life insurance sales

  • APRA criticised in new report

  • ASIC seeks ban on direct life insurance sales

  • FASEA to partially recognise accountant qualification

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ESG Update as at 16 July 2019

ESG Update as at 16 July 2019
  • Vision Super joins investors in calling out Amazon on human rights

  • Christian Super launches two new ethical options

  • FTSE Russell launches new climate risk government bond index

  • Global emissions targets - Australia shamefully not even on list

  • Philip Morris ‘attempting to normalise tobacco use’ with new heating methods

  • RIAA data shows responsible investments consistently outperform

  • List fund managers scoring low on disclosing ESG factors

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Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 1 July 2019

Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 1 July 2019
  • Hostplus launches new SMSF solution

  • Vanguard drops fund fees

  • Fidelity launches company rating system

  • OpenMarkets launches trading platform

  • Sunsuper cuts fees

  • GuildSuper and Childcare Super increase group insurance premiums

  • Clime Capital and CBG Capital to merge

  • MTAA Super and Tasplan consider merger, Statewide Super quits merger talks

  • AIC accepts EU from CBA

  • APRA tightening super fund acquisition regulations

  • ASIC extends suspension of BBY AFS licence

  • ASIC seeking feedback on new product intervention powers

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ESG Update as at 1 July 2019

ESG Update as at 1 July 2019
  • Future Super renewable energy investment app

  • Big companies gearing up for slavery reporting

  • APRA’s Geoff Summerhayes talks climate risk

  • Rest now fully owns Collgar Wind Farm

  • Norwegian sovereign wealth fund end exclusions for Rio Tinto and friends

  • Monash study delves into consumer ESG buying trends

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Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 25 June 2019

Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 25 June 2019
  • OnePath trauma definition update

  • Zurich launches wellness program

  • AFA and MetLife launch grant program for female advisers

  • FASEA approves diplomas, bridging programs

  • CFP completes EU

  • ASIC approves AFCA rules for small businesses and consumers for old complaints

  • Update on AFA and FPA task force

  • Guarded loses key person and then AFSL

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ESG Update as at 20 April 2019

ESG Update as at 20 April 2019
  • Philip Morris tobacco first Australian company to close gender pay gap

  • Facebook dropped from S&P 500 ESG Index

  • Why we need a four day work week - for the planet!

  • No country for women - yet

  • Best performing ESG investment options inside superannuation

  • New ethical fund rating system set up by advisers

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Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 20 June 2019

Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 20 June 2019
  • Intrust Super launches micro-investing platform for members

  • LUCRF Super updates insurance premiums

  • BetaShares and Legg Mason launches active ETF

  • BUSSQ increasing admin fees

  • Industry association closes its doors after almost a century

  • APRA imposes licence conditions on AMP Super and board

  • ASIC acts against SMSF advisers

  • Whitebox Trading off the hook

  • Super and retirement calculators soon to include inflation

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Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 11 June 2019

Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 11 June 2019
  • TAL launches Health Sense Plus

  • ClearView publishes research paper on commissions

  • Zurich is now the proud owner of OnePath Life

  • Spectrum Wealth Advisers closes its doors early

  • OnePath educates staff in mental health

  • FPA launches free health and wellbeing program for advisers

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Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 4 June 2019

Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 4 June 2019
  • Perennial launches active ETF with an ESG strategy

  • Legg Mason launches new ‘deeper green’ ESG fund

  • Moelis Australia launches insto credit fund on the ASX

  • BetaShares launches Indian ETF

  • SSGA to launch ETF model portfolios

  • Alleron IM relaunching brand

  • MLC Life appointed group insurer by Maritime Super

  • Cartel class action launched against major institutional investors

  • Natixis joins Future Females in Finance

  • Sunsuper integrates CBH Super in another merger

  • Blue Sky placed into receivership

  • NAB sells Ausmaq to German group

  • APRA zeroing in on IOOF group companies

  • Aurora fund takeover bid fails

  • Macquarie Securities pays $300,000 penalty

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Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 28 May 2019

Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 28 May 2019
  • AIA product and service enhancements

  • Zurich opens self-service life, super and investment portal, life risk update

  • OnePath updates PDS and adviser guide

  • ANZ abandons Prime Access

  • YBR restructuring wealth arm, losing CEO

  • FASEA exam dates set for June, deadline missed for education approvals

  • ASIC seeks feedback on complaints handling

  • Kaplan Professional brings in Deloitte for FASEA bridging courses

  • AMP admits churning, ASIC seeking civil penalties

  • AFA and FPA band together for risk commissions

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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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