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Plan now for pension assets test changes

Source National Seniors-

20 OCT 2016
National Seniors is urging its members to check if they will be impacted by the Age Pension assets test which comes into force from 1 January 2017.

Media reports this week have said that affected pensioners will not be officially notified until Centrelink sends them a

Saving for retirement stresses workers

Source National Seniors-
20 OCT 2016
The need to save for retirement is a key reason for financial stress in Australian workers.

New research by AMP for its 2016 Financial Wellness report shows that workers’ confidence in their finances has declined in the past two years, from 54 per cent of people

Pain for retirees with defined benefit pensions

Source AFR-  20th October 2016

Nerida Cole of Dixon Advisory says that regardless of whether a pension comes from unfunded or funded sources, the government will apply the 16 times multiplier formula to the pension income. Jay Cronan
by John Wasiliev
Based on feedback from last weekend’s column, the government’s proposed reforms

Trail commissions ‘under the guillotine’ says non-bank boss

JAMES MITCHELL – Wednesday, 19 October 201623 comments The Adviser

The CEO of a non-bank lender believes trail commissions could be scrapped as a result of ASIC’s remuneration review, leading to the consolidation of mortgage aggregators and brokerages.
Speaking to The Adviser, Mortgage House chief executive Ken Sayer said commissions have

Raft of New changes to Professional standards for Financial Planners


BY STAFF REPORTER – Investor Daily -Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Financial services minister Kelly O’Dwyer announced new education standards for planners will be mandated from 1 January 2019.

In a statement, Ms O’Dwyer said, “This independent standards body will raise minimum standards in the financial advice industry and improve public confidence

 Innovative Approaches To Close The Tech Gender Gap

GWEN MORAN 10.11.16 5:16 AM
The leadership team at Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) was well aware of data illustrating the gender gap in tech employment. According to their data, more than 5.1 million people worked in core technology jobs in the U.S. at the end of 2015, but just

What happens when the luck runs out?

August 15, 2016– Think Global- David Thomas

Australia has always been thought of as the “lucky” country and it’s not difficult see why. As one of the very few western countries to weather the global financial crisis in 2008, our economic growth has been strong, stable and uninterrupted over the

ASIC guidance RG 256 moves remediation forward

26 Sep 2016
By Jerome Doraisamy

The corporate regulator’s recently published regulatory guide on client review and remediation offers a clearer benchmark against which such programs will assessed in the future, according to commercial law firm Ashurst.

Speaking to financialobserver, Ashurst Australia partner Andrew Carter said RG 256 should be viewed by

Customer-friendly life policies see more renewals

Updated: September 25, 2016 22:39 IST | Radhika Merwin

Regulatory changes in 2010 rocked the boat for most life insurers, but the new rules appear to be working in their favour now.

More and more policyholders are now renewing their policies rather than letting them lapse, a trend that was rampant

Explaining remuneration could help banks with culture


by Matthew Smith | 29 Sep 2016
Banks need to be able to explain the differences in remuneration between their own business units internally to start making progress on culture, says David Murray, author of the government’s Financial System Inquiry and former Commonwealth Bank chief executive.

Murray has been vocal in

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