Populism and perish

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Populism is spreading rapidly and globally, and becoming more aggressive in its implementation and execution. It traverses national borders and can infiltrate all political affiliations. It represents a huge challenge for modern liberal democracies, as the risk of populism is severe political and economic disruption and stagnation. Much has been written on populism over the […]

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FINSIA education to help tackle financial crime costing Australians billions

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FINSIA, the leading Australasian financial services professional body, has launched a new suite of ground-breaking interconnected professional qualifications focused on risk management and cyber-crime in conjunction with the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments (CISI). Global Financial Compliance, Risk in Financial Services, Managing Cyber Security, and Combatting Financial Crime professional qualifications are available online and […]

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Exclusive consumer survey shows alarming overconfidence in financial literacy vs capability

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Consumer Research released by FINSIA uncovers a real power imbalance of financial knowledge and a high level of vulnerability which the industry must tackle to have any hope of restoring trust. More than three quarters of consumers failed to grasp basic financial concepts like tax and inflation, yet almost two thirds are over confident in […]

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Which would you rather be: a brilliant technician, and bored, or the orchestrator running the show?

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Professional development is all the rage…the regulators and the professional associations and training providers in the compliance space are all putting it top of mind continuously. And virtually all of them have an extremely narrow focus when it comes to the concept of developing a professional. Virtually no emphasis upon developing skills, and almost no […]

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An open letter to Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison on behalf of the Australian small business community

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Dear Bill and ScoMo, With only a bit over a week to go until the Federal Election, I figured it was an opportune time to write to you both to highlight the issues that are keeping Australia’s small business owners up at night. Whichever of you is victorious at the May election will assume the […]

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An article about trust – marketing for financial advisers

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I hate to start an article off with a negative but never before has the industry rated so poorly for trust. Trust really is the cornerstone of your business and must be addressed. What is trust? How can it be measured? Trust is very much in the eye of the beholder [is that a line […]

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Why Australia should cut the small business tax rate to 20%

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Australian small businesses are being ripped off by paying one of the highest company tax rates in the world, an international business coach says. While many countries have dramatically cut their corporate tax rates in recent years, the Federal Government continues to force Australian businesses to pay a top corporate tax rate of 30 per […]

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New research reveals 80% of brokers, insurers and MGAs lack effective business intelligence tools

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According to new research by Novidea, the data-driven insurance distribution platform, 80% of the brokers, insurers and MGAs surveyed do not have effective business intelligence tools in place. One in five brokers (20%) are currently using four or more different systems to manage their day to day operations. The research also showed that many are struggling […]

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Lack of cyber-attack preparedness leaves Australian businesses vulnerable despite lift in breach notification compliance

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Despite enhanced cyber maturity, beefed up cyber budgets and improved security posture, many Australian businesses still lack the ability to act quickly and comprehensively in the face of a cyber security attack. The key take-away from accounting and professional services firm BDO in Australia’s annual Cyber Security Survey, which – in conjunction with leading cyber […]

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Earlytrade attracts AUD6 million investment to solve late payments

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Earlytrade, an Australian fintech pioneering early payment of invoices from large corporates to their suppliers, has announced the newly formed venture fund Shearwater Growth Equity has become shareholders in the business. Shearwater, whose founding partners sit on the board of ASX-listed technology giant WiseTech Global, have invested AUD2.5 million out of the total capital raised […]

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