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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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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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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Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 9 July 2019

Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 9 July 2019
  • NEOS Life enhances risk-only superannuation product

  • AMP adds functionality to My AMP

  • OnePath updates trauma definitions, underwriting engine

  • MLC Super changing TPD claim assessments for Any Occupation

  • First FASEA exams completed

  • APRA: financial institutions to register an ‘accountable person’

  • AWSM has AFSL cancelled

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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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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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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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ESG Update as at 28 May 2019

ESG Update as at 28 May 2019
  • Future Fund ditches male-only boards as investment companies

  • APRA says soon there’ll be no such thing as ‘sustainable’ finance - it’ll all be green

  • Australian Ethical campaigning against gambling investments in super

  • Christchurch Call gains traction

  • Ethics Centre launching FASEA-approved financial adviser course

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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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ESG Update as at 7 May 2019

ESG Update as at 7 May 2019
  • APRA reviewing ESG matters

  • AMP compiles 10 ESG issues on investor agendas

  • Sand: the environmental catastrophe you missed

  • Is the renewables market busting?

  • Westpac going 100 per cent renewable by 2025

  • Cannabis - an update on regulatory trends and industry developments

  • Renewables supplied 77 per cent of Germany’s electricity on Easter Monday

  • Brunei punishing gay sex, infidelity, with stoning and whipping

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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 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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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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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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Fund People as at 12 March 2019

  • Saxo Capital Markets welcomes new CEO

  • Midwinter appoints new CEO

  • LUCRF Super board changes

  • AMP Capital Multi-Asset Group CIO appointment

  • Blue Sky appoints new CEO

  • APRA appoints GM of superannuation

  • GESB Superannuation appoints new GM of investments

  • Equity Trustees appoints new deputy chair

  • CBA Group Super CEO retiring

  • Tasplan CIO resigns

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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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Risk Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 6 November 2018

  • Tasplan appoints MetLife as group insurer

  • AMP risk business closed after sale

  • New life insurance reporting standards launched

  • ClearView upgrades LifeSolutions

  • Asteron Life product update

  • TAL Accelerated Protection upgrades

  • MLC offering 10 per cent premium discounts via digital underwriting platform

  • ASIC inviting consultation on proposed licensee competence requirements

  • AFA and FPA apply for Code Monitoring job

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