PIMCO wins Morningstar Australia Fixed Interest Fund Manager of the Year Award for the third consecutive year

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PIMCO is the winner of the Australian Morningstar Fixed Interest Fund Manager of the Year Award for the third consecutive year as it continues to achieve “excellent results across several different capabilities” in volatile market conditions and “showed it can deliver when it really matters.” Morningstar Australia said: “PIMCO’s wide-ranging expertise in fixed income investing […]

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BT Financial Group is 2016 AFA/SI Life Company of the Year

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BT Financial Group (BT) is the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) and Strategic Insight (SI) Life Company of the Year for the second year running. BT, which also took out the income protection award for its BT – Income Protection Plus Plan product, was named Platinum Winner of the AFA/SI Life Company of the Year […]

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Zurich recognised for its diverse and inclusive workplace

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Zurich Financial Services Australia (Zurich) is proud to announce it has received Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) Certification in Australia, underlying Zurich’s ongoing commitment to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace. Zurich Australia has achieved EDGE Assess, the first level of certification offered by EDGE, which provides data and benchmarking measures to support the […]

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How “personal” should your personal service be?

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It is our livelihood in many respects, yet one of the vaguest phrases we use is “personal service”.  What is a personal service is not necessarily the same as a personalised service, and what is personal to one client may not be deemed as a personal service to another. So how personalised should your professional […]

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Electronic signatures: the cases have begun

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A director’s electronic signature placed on a guarantee without his knowledge led to court action by a company seeking recovery of a debt from the director personally. In Williams Group Australia Pty Ltd v Crocker [2016] NSWCA 265, Mr Crocker was one of three directors of a company which supplied building modules. His company filled […]

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Buy/sell agreements and succession planning

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Businesses who fail to plan for death or serious illness of a principal may live to regret it! Imagine this – one of your co-owners falls seriously ill and needs to exit the business. Can you pay them out? How will you plan for the future? If they die, you could be in business with […]

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Mentor Education enrolments reflect positive industry response to adviser education legislation says Dr Sinclair

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Mentor Education founder and MD Dr Mark Sinclair has announced that the passing into law of the federal government’s professional standards for financial advisers’ legislation earlier this month has been reflected in an immediate uplift in Mentor Education enrolments. “With the enacting of the legislation, the advice industry was lifted out of the ‘holding pattern’ […]

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CPD: Client first – ethics in the post FOFA world

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For most people, the concept of acting in a client’s best interests, the requirement to behave fairly and ethically in the provision of financial advice, is indisputable. OpenMarkets examines the ethics that underpin the provision of advice and execution in listed securities. Ethics can be defined as a system of moral principles, the rules of […]

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CPD: 2017 – the year of goals-based advice

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“Goals-based investing”: it’s a concept that’s gaining increasing currency in investment and financial planning circles and attracting more and more attention. And, when you look at its underlying precepts, how goals-based investing plays out in practice and the potential benefits it offers for individuals, advisers, and the industry at large, it’s easy to see why. […]

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The pyramid business and government models just don’t work says Paul Tynan

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Although the New Year is now well underway, the debate that vertical integration leads to poor quality of advice and advice that is not in the best interest of clients has continued without a break said Connect Financial Service Brokers (Connect) CEO and founder Paul Tynan. The prospects and future for the industry is truly […]

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