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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Australian and Global ESG Update as at 2 April 2019

  • Financial services and the Modern Slavery Act - time’s up

  • SuperRatings - research into how ‘sustainable’ investment funds are performing

  • NZ investors take action on tech giants over terror attacks

  • The Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative launched

  • Industry Super Holdings under the pump to divest weapons supplier

  • Disabilities-focused Dutch fund introduces bespoke index

  • Research Report: Sizing the Impact Investing Market

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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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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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