Greiner, Ripoll join SMSF Association Public Policy Committee

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The appointment of two high-profile public figures to the SMSF Association’s Public Policy Committee emphasises the peak SMSF body’s commitment to getting the right policy settings for retirement incomes, superannuation and financial services, says Managing Director/CEO Andrea Slattery. Slattery says former NSW Liberal Premier Nick Greiner and former Labor Parliamentary Secretary Bernie Ripoll have become […]

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Submissions open for 2017 Australian Insurance Industry Awards

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The Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) and Asia Insurance Review are pleased to announce that submissions for the Australian Insurance Industry Awards are now open. The Awards, now in its 14th year, is one of the highlights of the annual insurance calendar and an important event that encouraged reflection on […]

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SMSFA strongly opposes making super available for housing

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The SMSF Association remains emphatic in its opposition to superannuation being used to assist first home buyers enter the property market. Association Managing Director/CEO Andrea Slattery says: “It’s been our long-held position that allowing people to tap into their superannuation to assist them acquire their first home is bad public policy. “Although it is tempting […]

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Brad Fox passes on the AFA CEO baton

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The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) CEO Brad Fox is to be succeeded by former financial adviser and former Zurich executive, Philip Kewin, in a planned and seamless transition taking effect 20 March 2017. Mr Fox, who has held the CEO role with the AFA for the past four years, has agreed to continue to […]

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SMSFA and FSC conference to focus on women’s super issues

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The SMSF Association and the Financial Services Council (FSC) are joining forces to promote a day-long conference to examine the critical issue of why women retire with superannuation balances substantially lower than men. The issue will be examined from all angles over eight sessions that will boast some of the best thinkers in the superannuation […]

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#BeBoldForChange – AFA Inspire celebrates International Women’s Day

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The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA)’s powerhouse for women in financial advice, AFA Inspire, is calling on the financial services industry to #BeBoldForChange, in support of International Women’s Day (IWD), with a series of events to be held across Australia. Celebrated globally on 8 March, IWD is committed to driving change for women, helping them […]

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Direct life insurance – If it seems to good to be true, it probably is

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Buying life insurance over the phone or online after just a handful of questions should set off alarm bells, the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) warns.  It means the policy has not been underwritten and at claims time, consumers may well find out they were never covered. “As is often the case in life – […]

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Countplus appoints Matthew Rowe to lead revitalised growth strategy

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Countplus has announces the appointment of Mr Matthew Rowe as its Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, effective immediately. Mr Rowe brings a track record of leading high-performing professional services firms, including as the former long-serving managing director of Adelaide-based Hood Sweeney, a Countplus member firm, Australia’s 30th largest accounting firm and a twice-listed BRW fast […]

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AFA urges others to pull their weight 

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The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) is urging other key industry players to pull their weight to reform the life insurance sector, ahead of the Parliamentary Joint Committee (PJC) hearing this Friday 24 February. AFA CEO, Brad Fox said the passing of the Corporations Amendment (Life Insurance Remuneration Arrangements) Bill 2016 (the Bill) through the […]

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