The Banking and Finance Oath and MetLife encourage industry to rebuild trust

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MetLife Australia have worked with the The Banking and Finance Oath to encourage other financial services organisations to back lifting ethical standards across the industry, by supporting their employees to take the Oath. MetLife is the first insurer to support The BFO at an organisational level, by encouraging its own staff to take the Oath, […]

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ASIC urges consumers to question whether SMSFs are right for them

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ASIC has warned Australian investors considering establishing their own self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) to be particularly aware of the potential downside to such a strategy, and that many Australians set up SMSFs that are inappropriate for their circumstances. ASIC has identified eight ‘red flag’ situations which, together or in part, would make it extremely unlikely […]

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ASIC warns AFS licensees to meet financial reporting obligations on time

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ASIC is reminding all Australian Financial Services (AFS) licensees to lodge their annual financial statements and auditor reports by the due date as required under the Corporations Act 2001. ASIC expects all AFS licensees to comply with the financial reporting requirements within the specified timeframe. Body corporate AFS licensees that are not disclosing entities, and have a […]

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Retirement income review well placed to scrutinise fiscally unsustainable policies

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The federal government’s announcement this week of an independent review into the retirement income system (“the review”) could facilitate important scrutiny of the government’s own fiscally unsustainable policies. Heffron director and superannuation expert Martin Heffron says the restriction of the terms of reference to establishing facts rather than making recommendations offers an unusual opportunity to […]

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ASIC reports on corporate finance regulation – January to June 2019

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ASIC’s latest report on its oversight of corporate finance activity between January to June 2019 has been published today and includes an update on specific focus areas for the next six months. Report 630 ASIC regulation of corporate finance: January to June 2019 (REP 630) provides statistical data, and includes relevant guidance, about ASIC’s regulation of: fundraising […]

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ASIC extends relief for foreign financial services providers

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ASIC has extended to 31 March 2020 licensing relief for foreign financial services providers (FFSPs) to allow them to provide certain financial services to Australian wholesale clients without needing to hold an Australian financial services licence. The licensing relief that has been extended by ASIC is: ASIC Corporations (Repeal and Transitional) Instrument 2016/396 and ASIC Corporations (CSSF-Regulated […]

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ASIC update on Royal Commission implementation

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ASIC has provided its second update on its actions in response to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (the Royal Commission). The Update outlines a number of measures across the organisation by which ASIC is implementing the seven priorities highlighted in its Corporate Plan 2019-23, one of which is […]

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ASIC makes product intervention order banning short term lending model to protect consumers from predatory lending

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ASIC has used its product intervention power to ban a model of lending in the short term credit industry which has been found to cause significant consumer detriment. In its first deployment of this power ASIC targeted a particular business model where a short term credit provider and its associate charged fees under separate contracts. […]

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ASIC commences court action against Select AFSL over phone sales of life insurance

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ASIC has commenced civil penalty proceedings in the Federal Court against Select AFSL Pty Ltd (Select), BlueInc Services Pty Ltd (BlueInc), Insurance Marketing Services Pty Ltd (IMS) and director Russell Howden alleging breaches of the law arising from telephone sales of life and accidental injury insurance issued by St Andrew’s Life Insurance Pty Ltd under […]

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Don’t be blown off your feet by the new whistleblower protections

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New whistleblower protections expand who is protected and what they can disclose. This regime applies to regulated companies and financial service providers including banks, life companies, general insurers and superannuation funds. More people are now protected whistleblowers The new regime came into force on 1 July 2019 and creates the concept of an ‘eligible whistleblower’. […]

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