ASIC research highlights the importance of reforms for mortgage brokers and home lending

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ASIC has released a report Looking for a mortgage: Consumer experiences and expectations in getting a home loan. As part of this research, ASIC followed over 300 consumers in the process of taking out a home loan and surveyed another 2,000 consumers. This research examines consumer decision-making in relation to home loans to identify what […]

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Consumers see value in financial advice, but lack of trust remains an issue

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New ASIC consumer research released reveals the barriers faced by consumers when considering financial advice. ASIC’s Report 627, Financial advice: What consumers really think (REP 627) presents independent research into consumer experiences of, and attitudes towards, financial advice and the advice industry. The research focused on the overall use of financial advisers, motivators and barriers to seeking personal […]

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When can financial advisers recommend a switch to an in-house product?

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There is a conflict any time a financial adviser recommends an in-house product, but the conflict can be managed. ASIC has determined that conflicts with in-house products do exist In its Report 562, ASIC looked at the big five financial service institutions – CBA, Westpac, ANZ, NAB and AMP – and found that 68% of their […]

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Details for public hearings on ASIC’s responsible lending guidance announced

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ASIC will hold public hearings in Sydney on the 12th of August and Melbourne on the 19th of August. The hearings are part of the wider public consultation on ASIC’s guidance on the responsible lending obligations. It will allow ASIC to test particular issues raised in submissions. More information about the consultation, including the current Regulatory […]

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ASIC has warned superannuation trustees about influencing employers’s choice of default fund through improper inducements

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ASIC has issued guidance to superannuation trustees, reminding them that using improper inducements to influence employers in their choice of default fund is illegal. The guidance set out in Infosheet 241, draws attention to the recently amended s68A of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.It also illustrates how s68A applies in common scenarios to ensure that […]

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ASIC update on compensation by institutions for poor financial advice

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Australia’s five largest banking and financial services institutions have paid a total of $119.7 million in compensation as at 30 June 2019 to customers who suffered loss or detriment because of non-compliant advice given by financial advisers. This compensation has been paid under review and remediation programs initiated as a result of the ASIC review […]

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A recent study has upheld the Australian equity market’s record for cleanliness

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A recent review by ASIC found Australian equity markets continue to operate with a high degree of integrity. Report 623 Review of Australian equity market cleanliness: 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2018 examines market cleanliness for the period, with a focus on insider trading and information leaks ahead of material market announcements. It extends our work […]

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ASIC acts against SMSF auditor misconduct

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ASIC has acted to disqualify or add conditions to the registration of a number of auditors of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs). The actions arose following ASIC concerns about failures to meet requirements including auditor independence standards, auditing standards, minimum continuing professional development (CPD) hours, lodging annual statements, and fit and proper person criteria.  Most of […]

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ASIC ensures licensees meet their AFCA membership obligations

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After commencing operations on 1 November 2018, the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) advised ASIC that 58 financial services licensees and 217 credit licensees, who previously held external dispute membership with one of the previous schemes, had not obtained AFCA membership and may be in breach of their licence conduct obligations. Following ASIC’s intervention with these […]

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ASIC consults on remaking class order on departed former temporary residents’ superannuation

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ASIC has released a consultation paper about whether it should remake a class order that provides conditional relief to superannuation trustees from obligations in the Corporations Act 2001 (Corporations Act) that require trustee to provide an exit statement and notice to departed former temporary resident members. The class order is [CO 09/437] Departed former temporary residents’ superannuation–Disclosure […]

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