Smart phone apps: the next big thing for member engagement

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Growing demand for specialised apps for super, wealth management Specialised smart phone and iPad applications (“apps”) are the next big thing in the financial services industry, according to Rice Warner Actuaries, an actuarial and research company that also creates online and other tools and calculators for use by the financial services industry and its customers. […]

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A five point plan for viable super fund advice services

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Leading member fund shares critical learnings for super industry Australian financial technology firm decimal has encouraged all superannuation fund trustees to think hard about where and how their time, effort and money is spent when expanding in-house financial advice services to members. x Commenting on recent news that a majority of major super funds plan […]

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AXA commences Risk Learning Programme v.3

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AXA Australia has launched the third instalment of its successful Risk Learning Programme to advisers and adviser support staff across the country. X AXA Head of Product and Sales Capacity, Brad Collins said the programme, which commenced in 2009, has become an important part of the education programme for both AXA aligned and nonaligned advisers and their […]

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AMP Planner Protection Poll: Planners see an increase in mental health disclosure

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The AMP Planner Protection Poll has found that 71 per cent of financial planners polled had seen an increase in the number of clients who disclose a personal history of mental illness. The growing number of financial planners seeing an increase in client disclosure of mental health history reflects the increased incidence and awareness of this health […]

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Super balances up but Australians remain cautious

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Superannuation balances are higher than peak 2007 levels for the first time, increasing 11.4% from $40,132 to $44,690, according to the latest AMP Retirement Adequacy Index. The AMP Retirement Adequacy Index used data for the six months to June 2010 from more than 328,000 AMP corporate superannuation customers. While overall super balances are up, reflecting […]

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Back to black: survey supports move to teach financial literacy in schools

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With financial literacy being added to the national school curriculum this year, RaboDirect’s nationwide survey of more than 2,000 people, confirms Australians have been heard when it comes to the need for early financial education.  According to the RaboDirect National Savings and Debt Barometer, 73% of Australians agree teaching financial planning in schools is a […]

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Clients happy with advisers’ trustworthiness and knowledge

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The latest Lifeplan ICFS Financial Advice Satisfaction Index shows that investors are satisfied with the trustworthiness and knowledge of their financial advisers, although they feel somewhat pessimistic about the performance of their investments overall. The survey of 418 investors who use financial advisers was undertaken in September by the University of Adelaide’s International Centre for […]

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Top Five Questions Investors Ask

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The GFC and subsequent volatility has increased the number of market presentations my team and I have been asked to do for the clients of financial planners. I thought you’d find it useful if I shared with you the Top Five Most Asked Questions from these presentations. Is the World about to collapse due to […]

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