Tag Archive for Financial Planning Perth

Who needs a Financial Planner?

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Correct answer : No-one. Notes : This is correct on the same basis that no-one needs a doctor, a lawyer or a politician. Each of these professions fails to meet the “basic needs” criteria. The same argument could be put for trade professions such as plumbers, brick-layers, truck drivers or mechanics. It is quite possible…

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Vested Interests and Superannuation Advice

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We mere mortals here in Wealth & Security Planners have been bemusedly scanning the various reactions to Australian Securities & Investments Commission guidelines for the Trustees of super funds to be able to provide advice to their members. In case you missed it, the guide is set out here. The impetus for the change is…

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Legislating to ban commissions on superannuation

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For many years various pressure groups around the country have been trying to have legislation brought in to ban the payment of commissions from superannuation accounts. Pressure has mounted even further as links are drawn between commissions generated and the recent failures of MIS scheme operators Great Southern and Timbercorp, as well as the demise…

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Bias in action

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Having just spent a bit of time setting out the relative aspects of bias that exist in the Financial Planning industry, i thought it relevant to highlight just how prevalent and deeply ingrained this tendency for bias is. Please bear in mind that i am not making a value judgement here – bias will always…

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The word “independent”

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This is a very special word in the area of financial services. At least, it is legislatively important in Australia and a good starting point when you begin to consider money, advice and how they interact. Let’s get technical for just a moment… In Australia, the word “indepedent” and its use by financial intermediaries is…

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