Financial advisers going back to school – some more than others

Last week the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) urged all existing financial advisers to make sure they are present and correct on the ASIC financial advisers register by December …

Can the Royal Commission create a new industry hero?

From myth and the first recorded stories in ancient history to present-day movie blockbusters, humans appear to be obsessed with the idea of the hero. The “hero’s journey” narrative pops …

The Royal Commission: the closer you get, the worse it looks

When Commissioner Kenneth Hayne submitted the interim report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services industry to the Governor-General and the Parliament in September, …

If clients aren’t hearing your voice, who are they listening to?

Since the start of this year the reputation of financial planning has been battered by the Royal Commission. Control of the messages about the very real and significant benefits of …

Education and the Royal Commission push financial advice into uncharted territory

It’s been five months since the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry ended its hearings into financial advice. Although nobody is sure exactly how …

Royal Commission: six principles, three key issues, and eight pointers for advisers

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry interim report, released on September 28, addresses the critical issues of how the level and extent of …

The first step for surviving the storm that too many advisers have not taken

Preliminary findings of the Professional Planner/CoreData Future of Advice Survey show that a useful first step a significant number of advice businesses could take to help them negotiate the uncertainty of …

In super we trust, but is this the calm before the storm?

The numbers are in and there’s good news for industry super funds. According to CoreData research there’s been no damage to consumer trust from the Royal Commission’s superannuation hearings. The …

‘Technology does not care about you’: why fintech won’t replace advisers

If it’s true that where the US goes so goes Australia but on delay, Dan Moisand has some positive news for Australian advisers about the impact that fintech, and robo-advice …

Who’s most at risk in financial planning’s own ‘extinction event’?

About 66 million years ago an asteroid measuring roughly 12 kilometres across slammed into Earth near what today we call the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It was bad news for …