Compromise to end conflicted remuneration

Original article by Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 11-Feb-19

The final report of the banking royal commission recommended an end to the grandfathering of conflicted remuneration payments as soon as reasonably practical. Labor wants to see an immediate end to such payments, while the federal government has called for them to end in January 2021. Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick has put forward a compromise plan that would see conflicted remuneration payments end on 1 July 2020. Labor expected to support his proposal in the Senate on 12 February.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, CENTRE ALLIANCE, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY

NAB’s fee strategy in spotlight

Original article by Joanna Mather
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 7-Aug-18

The banking royal commission has been told that National Australia Bank retained "grandfathered" commissions after merging five separate superannuation funds in 2016. A former NAB executive, Paul Carter, told the inquiry that the bank had been concerned about the impact that abolishing the commissions would have on revenue, as financial planners could potentially have responded to the move by directing clients to other products. The inquiry was also told that NAB failed to inform clients that they could opt out of paying a "plan service fee".

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NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, MLC LIMITED, MLC MASTERKEY, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, NULIS

Macquarie exits trailing commissions

Original article by James Kirby
The Australian – Page: 22 : 4-Jul-18

Macquarie Group’s decision to scrap trailing commissions for financial advisers has been welcomed by Bernie Ripoli, who played a key role in the Future of Financial Advice reforms. However, so-called grandfathered commissions are still widely used in the financial services sector four years after the FoFA reforms. There is speculation that the banking royal commission will recommend the abolition of trailing commissions. Ripoli says other banks could potentially opt to voluntarily scrap them.

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MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, BT FINANCIAL GROUP PTY LTD, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, SAS GROUP CONSULTING

Two banks warn of big payouts if grandfathered deal ends

Original article by Joanna Mather
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 28-May-18

Certain commissions paid to financial advisers were banned as part of the Future of Financial Advice reforms in 2013. However, other types of commissions were "grandfathered". Michael Wright of Westpac subsidiary BT Financial Group has told the banking royal commission that grandfathered commissions should also be banned, but the ANZ Bank and AMP disagree. They have suggested that the federal government might have to pay compensation to advisers if grandfathered commissions were banned, while they have also suggested that a ban could be in breach of the Constitution.

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BT FINANCIAL GROUP PTY LTD, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

ANZ scraps product-linked bonus score

Original article by Alice Uribe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 19 : 7-May-18

The ANZ Bank has announced that it will sack financial planners who twice fail a compliance audit, as the banking royal commission continues to reverberate among Australia’s 25,000 financial planners. ANZ has also announced that it will abolish product-linked bonuses for its financial planners, with CEO Shayne Elliott stating that the problems that the royal commission has revealed regarding financial planners have been created by a structure that rewards them for selling products.

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, IOOF HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX IFL

Fortnum drops commissions for life advice

Original article by Ruth Liew
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 18-May-15

Fortnum Financial Advisers will abolish upfront commissions on the sale of life insurance policies from 1 July 2015. Its financial planners will instead use either a fee-for-service or hybrid commission model, and executive chairman Ray Miles says there was widespread support for the change among its advisors. Centrepoint Alliance and AMP are among the other groups that have abolished upfront commissions.

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FORTNUM FINANCIAL ADVISERS PTY LTD, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, CENTREPOINT ALLIANCE LIMITED – ASX CAF