Proud to be an Adviser – Part three – Eugene Ardino

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Like everyone in the financial planning industry, I watched the Royal Commission with a mixture of dismay and incredulity. I am immensely proud of the industry and what it is seeking to do for all Australians. However, I have become increasingly concerned that the case studies of people being taken advantage of will prevent some […]

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Proud to be an Adviser – Part two – Tristan Barnes

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Becoming a financial adviser wasn’t an obvious career choice for me. In my younger years I gravitated towards jobs with a strong physical component. I had a stint in the army and also worked in the wine industry but, after meeting my wife in my mid-20s, I decided it was time to knuckle down and […]

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An open letter to business leaders

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Each year, I write to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of our clients, the majority of whom have decades-long horizons and are planning for retirement. As a fiduciary to these clients, who are the owners of your company, we advocate for practices that we believe will drive sustainable, long-term growth and profitability. […]

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Proud to be an Adviser – Part one – Jenny Brown

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I often get asked why I love being a financial adviser – well the answer is simple, I get to help our clients every day of the year.  Along with my awesome team we are able to make such a difference in the lives of our clients whether it be when we get to help […]

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Synchron responds to FASEA CPD standard

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On first reading, Synchron cautiously supports the latest approach to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) put forward by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA), which was recently released for consultation via a legislative instrument. Synchron Director, John Prossor said, “While we have yet to examine it in detail, on face value it appears reasonable. The increase in CPD […]

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UK Crypto-task Force findings demonstrate lack of understanding of industry

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The UK Crypto-task Force has published a ‘unanimously’ agreed report on crypto-assets for its digital currencies inquiry. Its findings demonstrate a deep misunderstanding of the industry. Kate Rhodes, Director of Regulatory Affairs for Coinweb and Industry expert, discusses below. The UK Crypto-task Force report, unexpectedly released today, demonstrates a deep misunderstanding of both crypto-assets and […]

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It’s time to ask where is the financial services industry and planning profession going

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As the federal government, Royal Commission and FASEA continue to reshape the industry and fuel many predictions and much speculation, it’s imperative to take time out to seriously consider the future as the ramifications are so immense. The industry has seen constant change over the past 30 years which started when Paul Keating created the […]

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With trust levels plummeting, it’s time to get personal

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Tackling the trust issue is one of the greatest challenges currently facing our industry. Peter Malekas explores practical ways for advisers to turn the tide. We are experiencing a national crisis of confidence in our institutions. Our trust in business, government, media and non-government organisations has fallen drastically in the past year, and signs point […]

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Conflicts of interest identified by Royal Commission not news to independent advisers

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The recent news that ASIC has commenced legal action against AMP is not surprising. The fallout that has resulted from the Banking Royal Commission, along with ASIC’s announcement that its financial services reforms has enshrined conflicts of interest within vertically integrated advice and product providers, have not come as a surprise to many long term […]

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Dover’s demise – consumers and advisers abandoned 

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As the fallout and ramifications of Dover Financial Advisers (Dover) demise continue to reverberate following the group’s decision to hand back its AFSL and it has exposed the immense flaws in the Australian licensing regime. It clearly highlights how the current structure favours large institutions and not the advisers and their clients. Not only are […]

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