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Adviser Weekly Newsletter 24th March 2021


As we go through this period of transformation for the industry and as the cost to participate in the financial advice profession increases with rising consumer demand, should we expect wage growth and higher practice values?

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 17 March 2021

17 March 2021

The full effect of the Life Insurance Framework (LIF) is now playing out in the industry for both insurers and advisers. In 2020, the shift in remuneration, alongside the pandemic and policy repricing, saw a virtual tsunami hit the insurance industry.

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 10 March 2021

10 March 2021

On 30 March 2020, the government announced a raft of welcome stimulus measures to avoid a catastrophic fallout from the economic impact of the pandemic. One profession really stepped up to the plate – the advice profession. With advisers working long hours to help new and existing clients, You would think if any profession was going to be looked on positively and with a sense of gratitude, it would be that of financial advisers.

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 3 March 2021

3 March 2021

2020 was the year that adviser sentiment for life insurers hit fresh lows. In what has been an industry going through significant consolidation, the rise of new insurers may be seen as the rebirth of the sector. Tomorrow’s quarterly APRA results will show a sector under continued stress.

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 25 February 2021

25 February 2021

With the world of platforms undergoing significant growth, HUB24, Netwealth and Praemium are the charmers of the equity markets right now. We take a deeper look at the ever-expanding platform universe to reveal some commentary and reviews, provided by the advisers who use them.

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 17 February 2021

17 February 2021

The Australian life insurance industry appears to face structural and legislative changes year after year, and much like the movie Greenland, there needs be a massive reset that is likely to have potential casualties along the way. Read on as we dive into the details of our latest Financial Advice Landscape Study and reflect on the state of the retial life insurance industry.

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 10 February 2021

10 February 2021

What is in the water cooler at ASIC? Or is there something strange in the air conditioning units of the shared offices frequented by our newest licensee entrepreneurs? Why has a two-year trend to fewer and larger licensees suddenly reversed?

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 3 February 2021

3 February 2021

It was another cracking quarter, dominated by global events, major regulatory updates, and ongoing corporate actions. With a new year bringing more musical chairs for advisers and practices, we see the adviser population shrink by another 431, pushing numbers below 21,000

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 27 January 2021

27 January 2021

In this current world of uncertainty - politically, economically, and in terms of COVID-19 - no doubt are you advising clients to prepare for the worst and hope for the best? But are you approaching your own business future with the same degree of attention to the upside and downside scenarios?

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 13 January 2021

13 January 2021

For many advisers, Christmas came early in December when the government announced the disbanding of FASEA, supporting a promising new narrative from Canberra about reducing red tape and lowering the cost of advice. So what do advisers think the post-FASEA world will look like?

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 16 December 2020

16 December 2020

Like the financial advisers themselves, the research house sector is a highly influential gatekeeper to money flows. In this week's feature article, we breakdown some interesting perspectives that are emerging with the rise of direct investing and managed accounts in recent years, Corporate actions, COVID-19 review cycles and Gaggles...

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 9 December 2020

9 December 2020

Can life get any more difficult for life insurers? Sales are down circa 10% for 2020 according to recent Plan For Life data and life insurers are playing a game of chicken with each other on repricing in order to get back towards profitability, although these premium step-ups have commenced and are understandably being met with great concern by advisers and their clients.

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 2 December 2020

2 December 2020

With COVID-19 dominating this period and advisers working remotely under extreme pressure, it has really tested platform digital capabilities, commitment to further invest in technology excellence, and flexibility of BDM and operational support teams to maintain service levels. Arguably, all of these factors are influencing adviser sentiment.

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 26 November 2020

26 November 2020

How well placed are advisers to implement and maintain an overarching investment approach for their business? One that can withstand the shocks from global market-moving events like COVID-19 and accommodate clients of many persuasions, biases and emotional responses during moments of crisis.

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 18 November 2020

18 November 2020

The recent corporate actions at the big end of town – think IOOF-MLC, Clime-Madison, Hub24-Easton – and the increasing financial pressures on licensees to stay ahead of the game, haven’t deterred advisers from considering the self-licensing route. For many, the allure of independence from major institutions and starting afresh outweighs the inherent risks of striking out alone.

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 11 November 2020

11 November 2020

With so much change sweeping through the licensee market, we decided to create a new classification system to better segment them into homogeneous “families” and to more clearly follow trends emerging in potential growth areas like industry funds and businesses concentrating on scaled advice under limited licence.

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 4 November 2020

4 November 2020

It is times like these that Uncle Joe and Aunty Marg walk into a financial planner’s office squabbling about whether Armageddon is upon us and what you, their adviser, is bloody doing. And so 2020 rolls on…some of your clients will want you to be Nostradamus, will expound some alt-right theory with you, debate with you that with rates at 0.10% will drastically inflate house prices, argue that QE is too big and wallow in how a Biden presidency win will be disastrous for their investments. Welcome to the next few years! And oh, you will be pushed into buying gold, bitcoin or both.

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 28 October 2020

28 October 2020

Are the murmurs around scaled advice finally the regulator and government’s way of acknowledging they went overboard on the compliance boxes a financial adviser needs to tick?

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 21 October 2020

21 October 2020

Our Practice broker lead, Jason Shepherd has recently been discussing wealth book sales with an attached license and looked into our data to see what we can extract regarding licensee movements. We thought we would share what we found when looking at the year so far..

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 14 October 2020

14 October 2020

With over 70% of advisers saying they would pay for leads, how much are they really prepared to stump up?

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 7 October 2020

7 October 2020

Is it just our impression or is there is much (ongoing) ado about superannuation?

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 30 September 2020

30 September 2020

Intra-fund advice is a topic that is at the forefront of the industry’s mind..

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 23 September 2020

23 September 2020

The latest details from APRA regarding the Super early release scheme show that over $33.3 billion dollars has so far been paid out to applicants..

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 16 September 2020

16 September 2020

IOOF will house the largest adviser network in the country with almost 1,900 advisers...

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 9 September 2020

9 September 2020

Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now? It seems many advisers are waking up with that song in their head...

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 2 September 2020

2 September 2020

IOOF will buy 100 per cent of MLC for $1.44 billion and make it the largest player in Australia’s wealth industry on current numbers...

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 26 August 2020

26 August 2020

The AMP brand has faced mounting challenges since the Hayne Royal Commission...

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 19 August 2020

19 August 2020

We look at the current considerations for bank lending to the wealth sector...

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 12 August 2020

22 August 2020

The headline news is that advisers left the industry at an increasing rate during quarter 2 of 2020...

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 5 August 2020

5 August 2020

The Financial Services Council (FSC) has proposed removing the requirement of producing an SOA with some advice...

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 29 July 2020

29 July 2020

Advisers Take On AMP With Class Action...

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 22 July 2020

22 July 2020

We look at more adviser PY experiences, and hear from a business that is placing new advisers with firms...

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 15 July 2020

15 July 2020

We decided to take a look at how new advisers are coming into the industry...

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 8 July 2020

8 July 2020

A new report from Industry Super Australia has found nearly half a million Australians have emptied their super accounts...

Adviser Weekly Newsletter 1 July 2020

1 July 2020

The early access to super scheme has caused the ATO site to crash...