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Government to review LIC commissions

Financial advisers and stockbrokers may lose commissions on the sale of listed investment company (LIC) shares after the Government announced a consultation on the stamping fee exemption. Earlier this week Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the Government would undertake a four…

People: Genworth names new CEO

Genworth has appointed Pauline Blight-Johnston as its chief executive. She takes over from acting chief executive Duncan West who will remain an independent non-executive director. Blight-Johnston joins from KPMG where she was a partner in actuarial and financial risk since…

Advisers must demonstrate their ongoing value

Financial planners need to show their expertise to their clients through regular contact and reviews to retain clients and improve client satisfaction. MetLife’s latest report, Understanding the Adviser-Client Relationship, reveals that a quarter of respondents are considering changing their adviser…

People: IAG chief to step down

IAG group executive Ben Bessell has announced that he will leave the company in March 2020 after more than 26 years with IAG and CGU Insurance. Bessell was previously chief executive of CGU Insurance, chief commercial officer of IAG and…

Move over robo; advice goes ‘bionic’

HUB24 and Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) have partnered to launch ‘bionic’ advice tools in response to the adviser demand to service a wider range of clients more effectively. According to HUB24, around 41 per cent of Australians intend to get…

People: MyState CEO to step down

MyState chief executive Melos Sulicich has announced his resignation and will be leaving in July 2020. Sulicich has been in the position since 2014 and has overseen growth in the business, doubling the banking loan book to over $5 billion…

Special resolutions on the rise at AGMs

An increasing number of investors are using the annual general meetings of ASX-listed companies to have their say about climate change and other issues, according to new research. Macquarie Securities reveals that there has been an increase in the number…

Stricter criteria for AFS and credit licences

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission is calling on applicants for financial services and credit licenses to go through a checklist of minimum standards prior to applying, to avoid refusal. ASIC has released an overview of impacts on licensing and…

People: Suncorp’s new CEO keeps the changes coming

Suncorp has appointed UBank chief executive Lee Hatton as chief executive of its banking and wealth division. Hatton had been in the position at UBank since 2015 and prior to that held senior roles at BNZ, National Australia Bank and…

APRA names and shames underperforming super funds

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) will be looking for significant change from poorly performing superannuation funds, following the release of its MySuper heatmap. APRA’s heatmap of over a hundred MySuper products has outlined the worst performing funds but not…