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Praemium seen likely to invest more in UK pensions market after ‘record inflows’

By: Helen Burggraf | 10 Jan 2018

Shares in Praemium, the ASX-listed, Melbourne-based platform services provider, hit a record high today after the company said its fourth-quarter platform inflows were the highest ever, with…

Bitcoin stalls amid account freeze claims linked to Australian banks

By: Gary Robinson | 02 Jan 2018

Bitcoin has started the year on the back foot with a row about account freezing by Australian banks causing concerns and for the first time since 2015, it began…

Zurich agrees US$2.14bn deal to acquire ANZ’s life businesses in Australia

By: Gary Robinson | 12 Dec 2017

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of Australian banking giant ANZ’s life insurance businesses via its OnePath Life proposition, for…

Big boost for blockchain with ASX backing

By: Eugene Costello | 07 Dec 2017

Australia’s largest stock exchange has signalled its intent to adopt blockchain technology to underpin its equities settlement and clearance system, it announced today. The Australian Securities Exchange…

ASIC issues new ‘statement of advice’ guide for advisers and insurers

By: Gary Robinson | 07 Dec 2017

The Australian Insurance and Investment commission (ASIC) has released a new example Statement of Advice (SOA) guide for life insurance companies and financial advisers working in the Australia…

UK tax lobbying group dismisses EU blacklist as ‘politically led’ charade

By: Eugene Costello | 05 Dec 2017

The publication of the European Council’s so-called tax haven blacklist served to show a “lack of effective action being taken” by the European Union on widespread tax…

Relief for Crown Dependencies and BOTs as EU blacklist fears prove unfounded

By: Eugene Costello | 05 Dec 2017

The long-awaited European Council’s Code of Conduct (COC) was published today, with relief for UK Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories (BOTs) who do no feature on…

Financial services royal commission takes Australia by surprise

By: Eugene Costello | 30 Nov 2017

The surprise announcement of a controversial royal commission into the Australia’s banking and finance sector caught the country unawares, causing a drop in the value of the…

NY’s Focus Financial Partners acquires Gold Coast wealth management boutique

By: Helen Burggraf | 27 Nov 2017

Focus Financial Partners, the New York-based advisory group that claims to being America’s largest independent wealth management partnership, has expanded its presence in the Australian market with the acquisition…

Dubai and Australia sign fintech deal

By: Gary Robinson | 24 Nov 2017

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) entered into an agreement today that sets out a framework for cooperation on…

Ninth Australian MP quits over dual citizenship issue

By: Helen Burggraf | 22 Nov 2017

Skye Kakoschke-Moore, a South Australian politician who was first elected two years ago to Australia’s Parliament as a senator, has become the ninth Australian MP to resign over…

Charles Schwab unveils Australian operation to help Aussies invest in US market

By: Helen Burggraf | 22 Nov 2017

Charles Schwab, the NYSE-listed American wealth manager and brokerage, has re-established a presence in the Australian market, and is gearing up to help “self-directed” Australian investors to…

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