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CBA eyes offload of asset management business

By: Eugene Costello | 22 Sep 2017

Hard on the heels of offloading its life insurance business to Hong Kong-based AIA for A$3.8bn as reported, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) is looking to divest…

CBA insurance business sale makes AIA region’s biggest

By: Eugene Costello | 21 Sep 2017

Hong Kong based AIA is to acquire Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s life assurance businesses throughout Australia and New Zealand for A$3.8bn (US$3bn), making it the largest life…

‘Drop in confidence’ cited as latest GFCI ranking published

By: Helen Burggraf | 11 Sep 2017

There has been an “overall drop in confidence” among the world’s top financial centres over the past six months, although in terms of points, Brexit-battered London only…

Bahrain tops latest survey of expats’ favourite destinations; UK, US among biggest losers

By: Helen Burggraf | 08 Sep 2017

The small Arab monarchy Bahrain has emerged as the preferred destination in the latest edition of Expat Insider’s annual survey of expatriates, which polled some 12,500 people…

Aussie Tax Avoidance Taskforce – Trusts: ‘What gets our attention’

By: Helen Burggraf | 31 Aug 2017

In an effort to let stakeholders know exactly how it and other government agencies are “taking action in response to evidence of increased manipulation of trusts as…

Australian regulator announces inquiry into Commonwealth Bank

By: Helen Burggraf And Eugene Costello | 29 Aug 2017

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) said it is to launch an “independent prudential inquiry” into the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, which it said would focus on…

Big banks in court threat to Australian gov’t

By: Eugene Costello | 25 Aug 2017

The major banks have said that they are prepared to take the South Australian government to court over its plans to impose a new bank tax, the…

Australian gov’t announces offshore investment passport framework

By: Eugene Costello | 25 Aug 2017

The Australian government has announced a draft framework for its long-awaited Asia Region Funds Passport (ARFP), with interested parties invited to make submissions in response to the…

Westpac’s sale of Hastings ‘on hold’ as exclusive bidder drops out

By: Gary Robinson | 21 Aug 2017

Westpac’s sale of its alternative asset management arm Hastings Funds Management has hit the buffers, with the the main bidder ending talks, according to local reports. Westpac…

Brett Evans: Aussie expats ‘will feel pain from budget changes’

By: Brett Evans, Founder And Managing Director, Atlas Wealth Management | 16 Aug 2017

For Australian citizens resident in Australia, the government’s 2017 Federal Budget didn’t present too many changes, according to Brett Evans, founder and managing director of Atlas Wealth…

Praemium posts ‘record’ FY profit, driven by managed accounts biz

By: Praemium | 14 Aug 2017

Praemium, the ASX-listed, Melbourne-based platform services provider that recently saw its CEO dismissed and then, in response to a shareholder backlash, reinstated, today posted a record profit…

PEOPLE MOVES: Stonehage Fleming, FASEA, GAM

By: International Investment Staff | 14 Aug 2017

Stonehage Fleming Stonehage Fleming, one of the largest independently-owned multi-family offices in the EMEA region as a result of its creation in 2015 by the merger of…

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