Self-managed super funds: to 2020 and beyond

Since emerging in the late 1990s, the self-managed super fund (SMSF) sector in Australia has shown uninterrupted growth. According to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), as at 31 March 2019, …

How a love for fly-fishing may point the way for global economies

Buried deep in the PhD thesis submitted by Milton Friedman in the late summer of 1940 (note 1) are a couple of jokes, which I really love. The first joke …

Libra: Why Facebook’s currency will bring more convenience and more threats

To some people, the “whitepaper” and “blockchain” are synonymous with “scam”. But when Facebook, the social network giant with 2.4 billion monthly active users, announced its grand plan of a …

Judge AMP not by what it says, but by what it does

People of a certain age may have experienced a sense of déjà vu as AMP unveiled another transformation strategy last week and vowed – once more – to focus on …

CoreData Research announces 2019 Licensees of the Year

Matrix Planning Solutionshas been named the 2019 Licensee of the Year by CoreData Research.  Matrix has also been named Institutionally Affiliated Licensee of the Year, while MLC Advicehas been named Institutionally …

It’s not me, it’s you: What happens when advisers rethink client relationships

When the Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) laws were introduced in 2013, the officially pronounced aim was to “improve the trust and confidence of Australian retail investors in the financial services …

Aged Care: State of the industry – white paper out now

Growth in demand for aged care services, particularly home care services, is outpacing supply and impacting the ability of older Australians to access the level of service they require. At …

Chinese book-value millionaires facing anxious times ahead

The value of residential property as a proportion of the total value of household assets in China is more than double the level in the US. At 77.7 per cent …

How can advisers be sure they’re not boarding a sinking ship?

Later this month just over 600 financial advisers will sit the industry’s new professional competence exam. They’re the first cohort to submit to an exam developed by the Financial Adviser …

What a Morrison government might mean for financial advice reform

“I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don’t always agree with them.” – George HW Bush, 41st President of the United States of America Opinions. We’ve all …