AMP bids to reassure investors on outflows

Original article by Cliona O’Dowd
The Australian – Page: 17 : 23-Oct-20

AMP CEO Francesco De Ferrari says the company has been resilient during the coronavirus pandemic. However, the wealth manager has reported net outflows of $8bn for the September quarter, with net inflows of just $6bn. The AMP Capital division has posted net outflows of $1.1bn for the period, while its assets under management fell 0.4 per cent to $189.2bn. Meanwhile, AMP Bank’s deposits increased by $52m to $17bn during the quarter, but its loan book fell $303m to $20.6bn.

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AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED, AMP BANK LIMITED

Pressure builds for AMP break-up

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 13 & 16 : 12-Oct-20

Simon Mawhinney of Allan Gray Australia says breaking up AMP would be the best option for unlocking the wealth manager’s value. He adds that if a suitor opts to acquire the entire company they are likely to sell off parts of the business. AMP recently revealed plans to undertake a portfolio review, and its board is believed to be planning to update investors on a possible sale of all or part of the company before the end of 2020. Alan Kwan of Australian Eagle Asset Management says AMP may choose to press ahead with a turnaround plan, given the challenges involved in ‘disentangling’ and divesting parts of the business.

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AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, ALLAN GRAY AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN EAGLE ASSET MANAGEMENT PTY LTD

Giant IOOF to lift its game after MLC buy

Original article by Cliona O’Dowd
The Australian – Page: 17 & 19 : 1-Sep-20

IOOF Holdings has reported a 2019-20 underlying net profit of $128.8m, which is 35 per cent lower than previously, with revenue up 10 per cent at $1.17bn. Meanwhile, IOOF will boast $510bn worth of funds under management following its deal to acquire MLC, making it Australia’s largest retail wealth manager. CEO Renato Mota says the $1.4bn deal is ‘transformational’ for both IOOF and the broader wealth management industry. The deal with National Australia Bank will be partially funded via a $1.04bn capital raising.

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IOOF HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX IFL, MLC LIMITED, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB

AMP to reveal damning report

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 15 & 19 : 20-Aug-20

Wealth manager AMP has advised that it will release the report of an independent investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Boe Pahari. The investigation was undertaken in 2017, and the lawyers representing complainant Julia Szlakowski say that she never received a copy of the full report of the investigation. Pahari was appointed as CEO of AMP Capital in July. Australian Council of Superannuation Investors CEO Louise Davidson contends that Pahari’s position is untenable.

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AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF SUPERANNUATION INVESTORS INCORPORATED

AMP culture rife with bullying: staff

Original article by Michael Roddan
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 17 : 27-Jul-20

AMP has the worst rating of any major financial services company in terms of being a place to work, according to workplace rating website Glassdoor. AMP has been in the headlines as a result of staff uproar over the promotion of Boe Pahari to the role of AMP Capital CEO despite having received a $500,000 penalty after the firm settled a sexual harassment claim against him by a female subordinate in 2017. Comments made on Glassdoor by current and former AMP employees suggest its workforce culture is ‘rife’ with bullying and intimidation by senior managers.

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AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, GLASSDOOR INCORPORATED, AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, INSURANCE AUSTRALIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX IAG, CHALLENGER LIMITED – ASX CGF, SUNCORP GROUP LIMITED – ASX SUN, BENDIGO AND ADELAIDE BANK LIMITED – ASX BEN, BANK OF QUEENSLAND LIMITED – ASX BOQ

RBA tips fewer ATMs and an end to cheques

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 17 : 4-Jun-20

The Reserve Bank of Australia could introduce a ‘least-cost routing’ regime for credit card transactions unless merchants take the initiative themselves, according to assistant governor Michele Bullock. This is among the options that will be considered in the RBA’s review of the payments system. Bullock also notes that the coronavirus pandemic has seen a sharp downturn in ATM usage, which may prompt the nation’s ATM network to be scaled back. She adds that cheques could soon be phased out, given that this payment option has been in steady decline for the last two decades.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA

Non-banks clamp down on new loans

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 13 & 14 : 6-Apr-20

Non-bank lender Pepper Australia has increased its home loan interest rates and tightened its credit criteria as it assesses the impact of the coronavirus on its operations. Pepper will stop offering construction loans and will require a bigger deposit for commercial loans, while larger deposits will also be needed for its two types of home loans. Fellow non-bank lender Bluestone has also introduced new credit criteria as well as increasing the rates on all of its loan products by 35 basis points.

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PEPPER AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, BLUESTONE GROUP PTY LTD

Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards 2019: the best brands in banking and finance

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 25-Feb-20

The 2019 Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards have been presented in Melbourne. This year’s awards added six new banking and finance categories, taking the total list of winning banks, insurers and superannuation funds to fourteen. Commonwealth Bank (Major Bank) continued its dominance by securing its seventh straight customer satisfaction award. Bank Australia (Bank) and Newcastle Permanent Credit Union (Building Society/Credit Union) both recorded their first win of the annual award. RACT (General Insurer) and RAC (Major General Insurer) won their respective categories with seven and 12 monthly wins respectively. Insuranceline (Risk and Life Insurer) took out its third annual award, and MLC (Major Risk and Life Insurer) was a first-time winner. Tasmanian-based St.LukesHealth (Private Health Insurer), Defence Health (Major Private Health Insurer – Not for Profit or Restricted) and ahm (Major Private Health Insurer – Retail) were the other insurance category successes. Macquarie (Retail Superannuation Fund) fought off stiff competition to win another annual award, whereas Colonial First State (Major Retail Superannuation Fund) won comfortably with 11 monthly awards. HESTA (Major Industry Superannuation Fund) was welcomed to the winner’s podium for the first time.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

Home loans lift on property recovery

Original article by Cliona O’Dowd
The Australian – Page: 20 : 17-Feb-20

A report from Deloitte notes that there was a seven per cent decline in new mortgage settlements in 2019. However, the latest edition of its Australian Mortgage Report shows that lenders and brokers expect a 2-3 per cent increase in mortgage settlements in 2020. Heather Baister of Deloitte says mid-tier lenders such as Macquarie and Citibank could benefit the most from the expected upturn in settlements.

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DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU LIMITED, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, CITIBANK PTY LTD

From bad to worse for AMP: $2.5bn loss, $6.3bn outflows, more to come

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 19 & 23 : 14-Feb-20

Wealth manager AMP has posted a statutory loss of $2.5bn for the 2019 calendar year, while its underlying profit fell by 32 per cent to $464m. A $2.35bn impairment charge in the first half was the major contributor to the big loss. Meanwhile, AMP’s wealth division recorded net cash outflows of $6.3bn for the year, and CEO Francesco De Ferrari says outflows are likely to be high again in 2020. AMP has advised that its customer remediation program is expected to be completed in 2021.

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AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP