Employment outlook for finance sector positive despite impact of disruption

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Despite the impact of digital disruption and a candidate shortage, the employment outlook in the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate sector remains cautiously optimistic. This is according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, released today, which shows twelve per cent of employers in this sector intend to increase hiring in the coming quarter, while […]

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Digital and Social Media with the Australian Advice Industry

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It appears that the Australian advice industry is split when it comes to whether reputational risk prevents them from participating on social media channels, according to research carried out by Midwinter Financial Services in conjunction with Jenesis Consulting. In 2016, Midwinter surveyed 153 advisers of varying backgrounds and specialisations on Digital and Social Media, with […]

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Cold calling just ain’t social

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“Advisers are finding success using social sites to cull prospects, build their brand, communicate with clients and improve their referral network” according to a recent article by Liz Skinner. Apparently some 85% of advisers in the US are now actively using social media if the results of a survey of just over 1,000 advisers can […]

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Australian job outlook positive for 2017, despite a year of change and more uncertainty ahead

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As 2016 draws to a close and businesses set their sights on the year ahead, Australian employers appear to be keeping a level-headed approach to hiring despite broader economic and political uncertainty. This is according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, released today, which shows that hiring intentions remain cautiously optimistic, with some job […]

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Institutional financial planning business model is dead – what about the future?

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History will judge institutional ownership of financial planning in Australia as a venture that failed to live up to expectations says Connect Financial Service Brokers (Connect) CEO Paul Tynan as a number of the industry’s largest players head for the exit and begin to shut down their advice arms. Some of these Australian institutions are […]

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Compass Index reveals shifts in business sentiments across Asia’s hubs

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According to the Compass Index, where 1,200 respondents across seven countries in APAC were surveyed, employees in Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Australia weren’t too optimistic about how external factors would affect their businesses this year. In fact, 42.3% of workers in China expressed concern about how the world economy would affect their business, while […]

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Barry Lambert predicts 2017 the “Year of the Robo”

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Digital financial advice is poised for rapid uptake in Australia, with 2017 set to be the year when professional financial businesses adopt ‘robo-advice’ as an essential element of their client offering. Ignition Wealth is at the forefront of the pack of Australian digital financial advice technology providers. “Everyone is talking about the cloud revolution and […]

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…so, which urgent and important person comes first?

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The classic urgent AND important dilemma: your best client is on the phone talking to you.  An incoming call from your top Centre-of-Influence comes in while talking to your best client. Do you “end and accept” – hanging up on your best client?  Do you ignore your COI? Are you going to upset either of […]

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5 easy ways to use social media to get noticed by your prospects

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Advisers keep saying that they struggle to get noticed by their ideal prospects. Advisers also keep saying that they can’t see the point of social media. Uhhhmmm….maybe the thing they can’t see the point of is the very thing that will fix the other thing? Let’s say you want to target some business owners, or […]

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Australian SMEs confidently face digital jungle

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Being social media savvy and digitally driven are key to connecting with customers and driving business growth, according to research released today by Suncorp. The Suncorp “Cost of Being Connected Report” reveals more than half of Australian small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) are spending half their time using digital tools to connect, collaborate and […]

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