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Personal Loans to help Australians in need: FSO
Finance, 29 Oct :: As Australia prepares to clean up following devastating fires and floods, Financial Services Online CEO, Andrew Clark, has announced a package of personal finance solutions designed to help affected Australians get their lives back together, irrespective of their credit history or employment status... read more

Small business loans to help Aussie businesses through tough times
Finance, 27 Nov :: Financial Services Online has today announced a new credit facility for Australian business customers who are seeking loans for amounts of up to $10,000 with minimum security requirements, irrespective of the applicants' credit history... read more

House price rise below expectations
Home Loans, 20 Nov :: Australian house prices edged higher in the September quarter, but by much less than economists expected... read more

Wall St jumps on housing, cliff retreat
Sharemarket, 20 Nov :: Stock markets in the United States and in Europe have rallied on signs that US politicians are open to a deal on the impending package of spending cuts and tax hikes in the US... read more

Police issue warning about bank scam
Finance, 20 Nov :: Melbourne police are warning people about a scam in which fraudsters pose as bankers and ask for money... read more

FPA announces Best Practice Award winners
Financial Planning, 20 Nov :: The Financial Planning Association (FPA) has rewarded its top financial planners with the announcement of the 2012 Best Practice Award winners in Melbourne... read more

Infrastructure an untapped investment opportunity
Investment, 20 Nov :: Infrastructure assets may provide investors with a reliable income stream as the need for private sector involvement in infrastructure funding continues to grow... read more

If insurance was free, would there still be an underinsurance problem?
Insurance, 20 Nov :: Even if price wasn’t a factor, AMP’s Chris Kirby argues that Australia would still have an under-insurance problem... read more

SMSFs well under control, says ATO
Superannuation, 20 Nov :: Despite some reports to the contrary, the latest Australian Taxation Office (ATO) annual report has confirmed breaches by self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) remain well under control... read more

Victorian financial group collapses owing $660m
Investment, 26 Oct :: Investors have been caught up in the collapse of the Victorian-based Banksia Securities financial group, which owes $660 million... read more

Regulatory compulsion propels commercial insurance
Insurance, 26 Oct :: Australia is the second largest advanced market in Asia for commercial insurance, not least because of regulatory requirements around issues of professional indemnity, according to new research released by SwissRe... read more

Premium rates for life cover sold by advisers in decline
Insurance, 26 Oct :: Premium rates for life cover products sold by financial advisers fell by an average of 10 per cent across 11 leading insurance providers between December 2004 and June 2012, according to a joint study by Clearview and Plan For Life... read more

ANZ nets solid profit despite wealth management
Finance, 26 Oct :: ANZ banking group has reported a solid full-year result with net profit attributable to shareholders up 6 per cent to nearly $5... read more

Licensees should be responsible for codes of conduct
Financial Planning, 26 Oct :: Professional codes of conduct should be the responsibility of financial services licensees rather than industry associations in order to be fairer to consumers, according to MyAdviser managing director Philippa Sheehan... read more

White paper reveals secrets of retirement
Superannuation, 26 Oct :: Proper preparation for retirement requires an early start to financial planning, a sense of 'self and purpose' beyond work, and an active mind and body, according to financial planner Charmaine Curtin... read more

Life insurers pay out $4 billion in 2011
Insurance, 01 Jul :: The 10 biggest life insurers paid out just under $4 billion in claims in 2011 - up 11.4 per cent from 2010, according to research conducted by The Risk Store... read more

Industry super funds' primacy in question following Productivity Commission findings
Superannuation, 01 Jul :: Industry super funds would lose much of their primacy in the default funds sphere if the Government were to accept the recommendations contained in the Productivity Commission's draft report into default funds under modern awards... read more

SMSF trustees might have to acknowledge risks
Superannuation, 06 Jun :: An Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) official has acknowledged that the regulator could vary the standard licensing conditions applying to financial advisers to require them to point out that self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) carry a higher level of risk... read more

Rate cut boosts local markets
Sharemarket, 06 Jun :: Australian stocks gained ground ahead of today's Reserve Bank board meeting on interest rates, reversing much of yesterday's heavy falls as hopes rose that further action will be taken to address Europe's debt problems... read more

RBA calms nerves with another rate cut
Home Loans, 06 Jun :: The Reserve Bank has moved to calm rattled households and non-mining sectors of the economy by shaving 25 basis points from the cash rate... read more

Regulator has no 'best practice' on superannuation rollovers
Superannuation, 01 Jun :: The time taken by some superannuation funds to rollover member deposits may annoy many financial planners, but the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) does not collect data on how long it takes and has no view on what represents "best practice"... read more

Good financial advisers keep clients realistic
Financial Planning, 01 Jun :: Financial advisers can be crucial to keeping their clients engaged in their superannuation and from over-reacting to market gyrations, according to Bendigo Bank senior manager technical and research Julie McKay... read more

Direct life insurance up but credit insurance flat
Insurance, 01 Jun :: Overall direct life insurance sales have grown 11.3 per cent in 2011 and in-force annual premiums are up 10... read more

Millions lack access to basic financial services
Finance, 01 Jun :: Nearly 3 million Australians do not have access to basic financial products such as a credit card, car insurance or even a bank account, according to a private study... read more

Shares dip, dollar extends losses
Sharemarket, 01 Jun :: The Australian share market has dipped and the dollar has fallen to a six-month low against the greenback amid fears Spain may need a bailout... read more

ASIC confirms relief on superannuation advice
Superannuation, 28 May :: The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has confirmed in its latest overview of relief decisions the degree to which it has freed up superannuation trustees to provide retirement forecasts... read more

Euro debt fears weigh on local market
Sharemarket, 28 May :: Worries over Europe's debt problems curbed early gains for Australian stocks as the local market closed in negative territory... read more

Financial advisers need to get 'back to business'
Financial Planning, 24 May :: Financial advisers must better communicate the message of Australia's strong financials and get back to the business of providing quality education and understanding to clients... read more

ATO clarifies SMSF borrowing issues
Superannuation, 24 May :: The Self-Managed Super Fund Professionals' Association (SPAA) has welcomed an Australian Taxation Office (ATO) ruling clarifying the status of borrowing arrangements around single assets... read more

Superannuation fund directors placed under greater scrutiny
Superannuation, 24 May :: Legislation allowing greater powers for the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) in dealing with superannuation fund directors has been passed through the House of Representatives... read more

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