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... Read more continue reading

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... Read more continue reading

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... Read more continue reading

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... Read more continue reading

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... Read more continue reading