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KARREN VERGARA
The soaring costs of funerals is an area financial advisers must factor into the estate planning process, particularly for those living in Sydney.
KARREN VERGARA
A majority of financial advisers would welcome an overhaul of the AFS licensing regime, a recent survey shows.
JAMIE WILLIAMSON
In its largest transaction to date, a growing boutique dealer group has acquired a Mudgee-based financial advice practice.
JAMIE WILLIAMSON
The Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority released its draft guidance on the five key areas existing financial advisers will be tested on under the new education requirements.
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STEPHEN ROMIC   The Royal Commission has the financial services industry on edge. Both large institutions and small are sitting up and paying attention as they have never before. Big changes are ...
DANIEL BUTLER   We outline below the key superannuation changes announced in the Federal Budget 2018 on 8 May 2018. Some of the proposed changes will have a substantial impact on SMSFs if they ...
BEN INKER   For the last eight years, investing has seemed to be a pretty easy activity to most observers. Not only have markets given strong returns, but the apparent riskiness of both individual ...
DOMINICK DEALTO   What a difference a quarter makes. When I last wrote in January, we remained cautiously risk on, but extremely nervous in the process. As I noted at the time, we saw risks that ...
NOBLEOAK LIFE INSURANCE   The traditional decision making models of 'needs awareness', 'information search', through to the 'purchase decision' is fast becoming outdated in the new ...
NOBLEOAK LIFE INSURANCE   For the second year running, NobleOak has commissioned research to identify customer trends and behaviour in the life insurance and wider financial services industries. Surveying ...
JEROEN VAN OERLE   Robo-advice is a hotly debated topic in the fintech space. On the one hand it has opened up the low-wealth market, that was previously unservable, to finally be consulted on their ...
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RAHUL SINGH   1 July 2017 heralds the start of a new set of rules relating to superannuation. A number of changes affect payment of a superannuation death benefit, requiring a change of thinking.
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JAMIE WILLIAMSON   Having steadily evolved over time, the traditional role of the paraplanner is no more. With advice practices demanding more from support staff, the benefits of outsourcing becoming ...
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