ASIC to provide relief from financial adviser compliance scheme obligations

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ASIC has announced that it will make a legislative instrument to provide relief to Australian financial services (AFS) licensees from financial adviser compliance scheme obligations, following a Government announcement last week. On Friday, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, Treasurer, and the Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology, Senator the Hon. Jane Hume, jointly […]

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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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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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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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