CPD: Ethics and design and distribution obligations

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The Design and Distribution Obligations (DDO) legislation, as detailed in ASIC’s Regulatory Guide 274 Product Design and Distribution Obligations, comes into effect on 5 October 2021. This article, proudly sponsored by GSFM, examines how ethics (and FASEA’s Code of Ethics) intersect with DDO obligations. The Treasury Laws Amendment (Design and Distribution Obligations and Product intervention

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CPD: Ethics – why good people make poor choices

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Ethical values provide a moral compass by which people live their lives and make decisions. This article, sponsored by GSFM, investigates the ways financial advice practices can support ethical behaviour to provide financial advice to clients that is always in their best interests. Since 1994, the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) has conducted a longitudinal,

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CPD: Ethics and the professional practice

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In financial planning, ethics can be distilled into acting in the client’s best interests at all times, acting with competence, honesty, integrity and fairness. In short, the way any one of us would like ourselves and our family members and friends to be treated by a professional service provider. This article, proudly sponsored by GSFM

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CPD: Ethics and your elderly clients

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The COVID-19 pandemic not only caused older Australians to worry about their health and finances, it reportedly increased the incidence of elder abuse. This includes an increase in reported financial elder abuse, something financial advisers should be aware of. In this ethics article, sponsored by GSFM Pty Ltd, elder abuse and the ethical ramification for

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CPD: Ethics and SMSFs

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It was 1999 when self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) first became part of Australia’s superannuation landscape. Over the following twenty plus years, SMSFs have become a significant part of Australia’s $3 trillion[1] superannuation sector, with $766 billion in assets at end 2020, representing one quarter of the total super sector. Bound by an array of rules

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CPD: The ethics-centric financial advice practice

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Professional standards reforms for financial advisers were introduced to the Corporations Act 2001 in March 2017 to raise the education, training and ethical standards of people providing personal advice to retail clients. In this second article of 2021’s Ethics Series, proudly sponsored by GSFM, the parallels between FASEA’s Code of Ethics and the Corporations Act will be

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CPD: Ethics and inadequate financial advice

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On 1 January 2020, FASEA’s Code of Ethics became enforceable by law, requiring advisers to comply with its 12 detailed standards. By the end of 2020, it was announced that FASEA (but not its Code of Ethics) would be disbanded. This article, proudly sponsored by GSFM, examines the importance of upholding these standards and how

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CPD: Ethics and financial control

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Financial control, a form of financial or economic abuse, is unfortunately an increasingly common occurrence across a range of age and socio-economic groups. During financially and emotionally challenging times, such as those experienced by many during the COVID-19 pandemic, financial abuse tends to rise. Whether it’s in the form of financial control in a relationship,

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CPD: A deep dive into FASEA’s Code of Ethics – Part two

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FASEAS’s Code of Ethics with its twelve standards, became law on 1 January 2020. Its aim, to ensure best practice and positive client outcomes from Australia’s financial advice providers. In this article, proudly sponsored by GSFM Pty Ltd, we take a close look at standards seven to twelve. (Part one examined standards one to six.)

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CPD: A deep dive into FASEA’s Code of Ethics – Part one

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Consumers expect the best of their professional service providers, however it’s not always the case. FASEAS’s Code of Ethics, and its twelve standards, became law on 1 January 2020 to ensure best practice across Australia’s financial advice providers. In this article, proudly sponsored by GSFM Pty Ltd, we take a close look at standards one

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