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Financial Planning

Diverger buys 35% equity in McGregor Wealth

Oksana Patron 4 July 2022

Diverger has announced it has acquired a 35% equity interest in McGregor Wealth Management (MWM), a financial planning practice licensed through Diverger-wholly owned subsidiary GPS Wealth, following the execution of its agreements effective 1 July 2022.

In the announcement made today to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), the firm said…

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Financial Planning

CountPlus investment grows Count adviser numbers

Mike Taylor 4 July 2022

Count Financial has grown its number of financial advisers with the announcement today that its parent, CountPlus, had made a 32.75% investment in financial services and advice business, WSC Group.

Announcing the investment, CountPlus said that the transaction would add another three authorised representatives to the Count license.

CountPlus said…

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Financial Planning

FPA pushes competency assessment instead of experience pathway

Mike Taylor 4 July 2022 3 Comments

The FPA has reasserted its opposition to the ‘experience pathway’ while preferring competency assessments for advisers.

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Financial Planning

Financial planning – a victim of political short-sightedness and expediency

Mike Taylor 4 July 2022 One Comment

Nearly three years after the Josh Frydenberg squashed co-regulation financial planners still don’t have a single disciplinary body.

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Life Insurance

MLC Life Insurance appoints new chief risk officer

Oksana Patron 4 July 2022 No Comments

MLC Life Insurance has announced the appointment of Jane McGovern as its new chief risk officer.

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Financial Planning

Frontier announced change of chair

Oksana Patron 4 July 2022 No Comments

Frontier Advisors has announced a retirement of its director and chair, Gabriel Szondy, from his position of the asset consultant’s board.


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Industry News

Grow your successful Financial Planning business today

Financial Newswire Contributor 1 July 2022 No Comments

After Fiducian acquired People’s Choice Credit Union’s financial planning business in 2022, they’ve welcomed 16 new financial planners.

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Industry News

Income protection insurance – from bad to worse

Col Fullagar 30 March 2022 2 Comments

Life/risk expert, Col Fullagar argues that where income protection insurance is concerned, the situation has gone from bad to worse.

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Industry News

Yes, the banks will come back to advice – on their terms

Mike Taylor 29 November 2021 No Comments

The major banks will re-enter financial advice but on their terms according to Financial Newswire’s roundtable,

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Industry News

Financial planning faces inevitable consolidation

Mike Taylor 26 November 2021 No Comments

The financial planning industry is facing inevitable consolidation according to a Financial Newswire roundtable.

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Funds Management

What inflation level should investors expect by year-end?

Oksana Patron 4 July 2022 No Comments

The RBA’s predicted inflation rate to 7% by year-end may be wishful thinking, according to Rush Gold’s director, Mark Pey.

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Funds Management

Firetrail promotes analyst to PM

Yasmine Masi 4 July 2022 No Comments

Firetrail Investments has promoted analyst Eleanor Swanson to Portfolio Manager of its Australian Small Companies Fund.

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Morningstar acquires Praemium’s international business

Mike Taylor 1 July 2022 No Comments

Global research and rating house Morningstar has acquired the UK and international business of Praemium.

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Financial Planning

126 advisers exit signalling possible FY rush

Mike Taylor 1 July 2022 One Comment

In what may be the start of an end of financial year rush, 126 financial advisers have exited the Financial Adviser Register.

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Financial Planning

Why investing in financial advice has become unattractive

Mike Taylor 1 July 2022 4 Comments

The regulatory environment around financial planning has made it so unattractive that it has virtually stalled investment in the sector.

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Funds Management

Demographics and deglobalisation among key themes impacting investors

Oksana Patron 1 July 2022 No Comments

The four major global forces “Four D’s” impacting markets will be demographics, debt, deglobalisation and disruptive technologies.


Funds Management

Concentrated portfolio of best ideas

Oksana Patron 1 July 2022 No Comments

Being open to discussions and the ability to reflect on your own mistakes are key for a successful portfolio manager, says John Whelan.


Funds Management

Importance of diversity

Oksana Patron 1 July 2022 No Comments

According to Matt Reynolds, Financial Newswire’s Star Manager, the importance of diversity cannot be overstated.