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Retail advice industry at a crossroads

(picture: Angela Ashton) Comment by Angela Ashton and Vanessa Stoykov* Retail financial planning is at a bit of a juncture: FOFA, fee pressure, education standards, investor confidence, the bond bubble, changing demographics and lifecycle investing, SMSFs, limited licencing for accountants, continued competition from industry funds desperate to hold on to retirees. These are all issues…

Alec Law | 21st Jul 2013 | More
BNP Paribas goes with local talent to replace Pierre Jond

BNP Paribas Securities Services has anointed Peter Baker to succeed Pierre Jond as managing director of Australia and New Zealand. Jond, who has been in the role for four years, will return to Paris at the end of the year. The company also announced last week that Michelle Crosbie, a New Zealander who had been…

Alec Law | 13th Jul 2013 | More
  • All Black great joins Centric’s super push

    (pictured: Andrew Mehrtens) Centric Wealth, the financial planning and individually managed account provider, has recruited another rugby international, former All Black Andrew Mehrtens, to market its platform and advisory services to super funds. Mehrtens joins an old rugby foe, Phil Kearns, the Centric CEO and a former Wallaby captain. Mehrtens, a history major who speaks…

    Alec Law | 13th Jul 2013 | More
    Catholic fund replaces Russell with Towers

    The Sydney-based Australian Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund has appointed Towers Watson as its new asset consultant, replacing Russell Investments. The $5 billion 90,000-member public offer industry fund has 11 investment options. In the year to June 2012 the growth fund returned minus 3.4 per cent while the My Super balanced fund was minus 1.1…

    Alec Law | 13th Jul 2013 | More
  • Retirement incomes the weak point in super

    (Pictured: Martin Stevenson)  In his 42 years in the superannuation industry, Martin Stevenson has seen some changes. Most, he says, have been for the better. But Australia still has a looming retirement incomes problem and the eventual solution is to legislate for some form of compulsory income stream system, he believes. Stevenson retired from Mercer…

    Alec Law | 13th Jul 2013 | More
    FEAL conference to dissect ‘measuring what matters most’

    (Pictured: Don Ezra) As super funds move away from traditional approaches to measuring their investment success, or otherwise, and the members increasingly focus on expected outcomes, the Fund Executives Association Ltd national conference next month will dissect the topic: “Measuring What Matters Most”. A keynote speaker will be Don Ezra, the Russell Investments global director emeritus,…

    Alec Law | 13th Jul 2013 | More
    Australia’s velocity of money a positive

    While the ramifications of the Eurozone’s debt concerns have heightened in recent weeks and with the euro finally coming in for a correction, the global investment risk research firm Check Risk has given Australia a better report in its latest weekly risk assessment. Check Risk produced an update on the velocity of money in the…

    Alec Law | 13th Jul 2013 | More
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