FOFA Reforms

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FOFA reforms rejected by the Senate

The Abbott Government’s Future of Financial Advice policy has been rejected by the Senate after support for the reforms were withdrawn by Senators Jacqui Lambie and Rick Muir. ...more

ASIC reports on FOFA implementation

On 17 September 2014, ASIC reported on the results of two financial advice industry engagement projects conducted during the 2013-13 financial year. The Review of the financial advice industry’s implementation of the...more

FOFA Amendment Bill passed by House of Reps

The amendments contained in the Bill confirm the changes that were made by regulation earlier this year. The amendments also include changes agreed with the Palmer United Party and the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party. ...more

First tranche of FOFA reforms underway

A number of the government’s FOFA reforms commenced on 1 July 2014 by way of the Corporations Amendment (Streamlining Future of Financial Advice) Regulation. These changes include: - Removal of ‘opt-in’...more

The Future of FoFA

In light of today's announcements from Mathias Cormann, Australia's Minister for Finance, the future of FoFA is becoming clearer. The Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) legislation has been surrounded by uncertainty...more

Government releases exposure draft for FOFA reforms

The Government has released the draft legislation and regulations to amend the FOFA reforms in accordance with the proposed changes announced by the Assistant Treasurer on 20 December 2013. ...more

Proposed FoFA Reforms to Ease Regulatory Burden

In line with their pre-election commitments, on Friday 20 December, the Australian Government announced plans to reform the Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) legislation. Many of the changes go beyond what had previously been...more

Government announces its proposed changes to the FOFA reforms

As anticipated, the Assistant Treasurer has announced the reforms to the FOFA legislation the government will introduce. The reforms include removing the ‘opt-in’ requirement as foreshadowed pre-election. The reforms also...more

Future Of Financial Advice Series ASIC'S New Powers

This update is intended as a general overview, targeted specifically at claims officers and underwriters of insurers of professionals required to comply with the Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) reforms. WHAT IS IT?...more

Future Of Financial Advice Series : Opt-In And Fee Disclosure

This update is intended as a general overview, targeted specifically at claims officers and underwriters of insurers of professionals required to comply with the Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) reforms. WHAT IS...more

Future Of Financial Advice Series - Ban On Conflicted Remuneration (Australia)

INTRODUCTION - This update is intended as a general overview, targeted specifically at claims officers and underwriters of insurers of professionals required to comply with the Future of Financial Advice (FOFA)...more

Financial inquiry and future of financial advice (FOFA) changes on the way (Australia)

The Assistant Treasurer, Arthur Sinodinos, took the opportunity at the Association of Australian Financial Advisers’ National conference this month to announce the government will be undertaking a financial services inquiry....more

Future Of Financial Advice Series: Best Interests Duty

WHAT IS IT? The best interests duty requires financial advisers to place the interests of their clients ahead of their own in providing personal advice to retail clients. It is designed to build trust and confidence...more

Financial Services Under a New Liberal Government

What can the Financial Services Sector Expect from the New Federal Government? "Son of Wallis" Inquiry - The incoming Coalition government has committed to conducting a comprehensive "root and branch" inquiry...more

Changes to the future of financial advice (FOFA) reforms on the horizon

With the change of government on the weekend, we are anticipating changes to the FOFA reforms. In the "Coalition's policy to boost productivity and reduce regulation" it states that it will implement all 16 recommendations...more

Advice in a Post FOFA World – Strategic Ripples

There is no doubt that the Future of Financial Advice reforms (FOFA) will significantly transform the advice landscape, and there is debate around which sectors of the advice industry will be the winners, and how long the...more

Complex Financial Products – International Support for yet More Investor Protection

The International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has recently released its final report on "Suitability Requirements with respect to the Distribution of Complex Financial Products" (Report), which outlines the...more

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