Facing up to the aged-care challenge demands innovation and flexibility

Australia’s ageing population is one of the biggest challenges facing the country in the next 20 years.  In its second background paper published in May, the Royal Commission into Aged …

In robo we trust – for our money but not our hearts

A blog published last weekclaimed that almost a third of Australians would be happy to receive financial advice from a robot.  According to the blog’s author, futurist Anders Sorman-Nilsson, the study showed that …

If you build a killer robot, don’t forget the “off” switch

The government recently dismantled a final argument in defence of grandfathered conflicted remuneration when it released regulations providing that from January 1, 2021, conflicted payments can no longer be made …

How well does your licensee support you through the challenges of being an adviser?

There’s one thing we can be sure of as the financial advice industry professionalises and realigns to deliver services in the best interests of consumers: the cost to financial advisers …

Advice as a business is alive and well; advice as product distribution is not

In the short term, the exit of major financial institutions from the advice industry will cause disruption to advisers, and potentially to clients. But in the long run, it will …

Review: 76 Things I Hate About You, by Ken Hayne and the Destruction of Trust

In presentations by CoreData to financial planners, licensees and product manufacturers about the future of advice and distribution, there’s a slide we’ve titled “Ken Hayne and the Destruction of Trust”.  …

A value chain in transition

The Australian wealth management value chain has evolved over the past six or seven years – from an opaque, conflict-riddled structure to one where the alignment of payments and value …

Can the Royal Commission possibly meet “community expectations”?

The final report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry will have to be some kind of masterpiece to meet all of the …

Does the Productivity Commission want to cut advisers out of the superannuation picture?

Concerns over conflicts of interest in financial advice have prompted the Productivity Commission to recommend a range of measures to help more superannuation fund members make better decisions about super …

Rethinking the risks and returns of misconduct

Like many Australians, I did a fair bit of travelling around the country over Christmas and New Year, which involved driving thousands of kilometres across NSW, Queensland and Tasmania. The …