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Its time for the same rule for advising no matter what the product or service is.

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By            Rachael Micallef
Wed 23 Jan 2013

Upcoming government reforms due to change the education requirements for those giving financial advice are necessary to improve investor confidence, the Financial Planning Association (FPA) has said.

The FPA has said it supports new government reforms, which will see accountants requiring limited licences to provide advice on self-managed super funds (SMSFs) and education requirements for financial planners who provide tax advice, to instill further confidence in the industry.

“Obviously people will debate the detail and whether some of it has gone too far or not far enough, but I think you have to say, overall, the changes – though there are a lot of them – are all designed to improve the industry,” FPA general manager policy and standards Dante De Gori told InvestorDaily.

“In particular, things like accountants having to become licensed are a great thing for consumers. The fact that everybody has to be licensed provides a level playing field, as well as making sure consumers are fully protected.”

The SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia (SPAA) recently released a statement noting its support for government reforms and stating that SMSF advisers will need to adapt to changes if they want to remain in the industry.

The FPA has said that reform frameworks would ensure the New Year would be a year of change for all advisers within financial services.

“We would expand [SPAA]’s message. I think the reality is that 2013 is the year of change for all financial advisers,” Mr De Gori said.

“Professionals aren’t categorised by what products they sell. Whether it’s SMSF advisers, managed trusts, Centrelink or aged care, it doesn’t really matter because the reforms are going to impact everybody in the industry.”

However the FPA has said that details surrounding new regulations in financial services need to be clearer so advisers can ensure their practices are compliant.

“There is still some finer detail around regulations that has to be worked out, and that’s holding up some of the work,” Mr De Gori said.

“But the reality is most people have been working towards this date for some time.”

My comments to the above article-

Lets hope finally in 2013 the fighting and resistance to requiring everyone to be qualified under the same rules and regualtions is finally resovled and everyone can just then get on with providing all currrent and future clients the same structered and licenced process. Life does not have to be any more difficult than that. Of course we will now see competitive pressures being placed on many exisiting business models that have resisted diversification and upgrading education requirements.

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