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

Fund Product, Company and Regulatory Updates as at 16 July 2019
  • BetaShares launches government bond ETF

  • Blockchain super admin platform launched

  • Boutique fund manager Mhor Asset Management shuts down

  • JP Morgan dumped at Funds SA after two decades as custodian

  • Deutsche Bank traversing new ground

  • AMP adds Zenith and Quilla to MyNorth, launches new portfolios offer, publishes whitepaper

  • Hostplus in merger talks with Club Super

  • CountPlus offloads conflicting SMA platform solution

  • ASIC cancels AFS licence of Australian Mutual Holdings Limited

  • ASIC offering fintech more flexibility

  • ASIC increases licence application requirements

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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