Best interests duty – mortgage broker = Join the club

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The new mortgage broker’s best interests duty obligations are wide reaching. They may apply even if you’re providing credit assistance that doesn’t relate to a mortgage. Who does it apply to? The mortgage broker’s best interests duty came into effect on 1 January 2021. It applies to: A licensee providing credit assistance where the licensee

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An AFS licensing exemption for product issuers – intermediary authorisation

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Providing financial products to retail clients in Australia is almost impossible unless you hold an Australian financial services (AFS) licence. The intermediary authorisation exemption is virtually the only way product issuers can avoid licensing provided it’s used correctly. What is an intermediary authorisation? An intermediary authorisation allows an unlicensed product provider to operate by entering

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5,000 reasons why you should trust your Mortgage Broker

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Mortgage brokers must meet the best interests duty from 1 July 2020 or risk a fine of 5,000 penalty units or $1.05 million.This means you must show you have your client’s best interests at heart. Who is a mortgage broker? A mortgage broker: is either a licensee or credit representative; carries on a business of

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Deferred sales model for add-on insurance

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Finity and The Fold Legal released an update on the Royal Commission’s recommendations into add-on insurance in July 2019. After two separate consultation papers, Treasury has recently released: An Exposure Draft Bill; Exposure Draft Regulations; An Explanatory Memorandum; and An Explanatory Statement. The consultation period for these draft documents ends on 28 February 2020. Assuming that

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Royal commission response: Anti-hawking

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Currently insurers are not permitted to offer financial products for issue or sale to retail clients in the course of or because of an unsolicited meeting at all, or in the course of a telephone call unless they have met certain requirements. The result is that there is virtually no cold-calling in general insurance because

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