Let the games begin


Early rumblings around the industry suggest 2013 will be yet another interesting year for Australia’s financial services sector. It may only be two months into a new year, but players within Australia&rsqu.. Read More

Merry Christmas from financialobserver


On behalf of financialobserver I would like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thanks so much for your support in 2017 and we look forward to engaging with you again in 2018... Read More

Editorial: Bank-bashing can’t be free-for-all


It seems the news just goes from bad to worse for Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). In recent times, Australia’s biggest bank has had problems with its financial planning and insurance arms and the latest s.. Read More

Editorial: Swapping one problem for another


We’ve now reached the second most exciting time in the financial services industry calendar after end of financial year – guessing what is going to be in this year’s federal budget. Cluey types.. Read More

Editorial: And so it begins


Last year certainly ended in fairly dramatic fashion for financial services with the news on 22 December that ASIC was taking action against Westpac Securities Administration and BT Funds Management for breaches of t.. Read More

Change still all the rage through 2016


Regulatory change continued to dominate industry headlines in 2016, led by the government’s implementation of the most significant reforms to superannuation since 2007. In the May budget, the coalition int.. Read More

Editorial: Look back in anger on super spin


There is a lot of anger in the community regarding the changes to the superannuation rules announced in this year’s federal budget. Many people’s long-term retirement savings plans were immediately thrown.. Read More

Editorial - More protection needed for the super system


There was much discussion at last week’s Self-Managed Superannuation Fund Association conference about the future of super, and whether the system should be protected from changes by future governments. In.. Read More

The last goodbye


I thought writing this editorial, my last as editor of financialobserver, would be relatively easy. Not because of any hurry to exit, but because of the years and fond memories this industry has afforded me. L.. Read More

Editorial: Clouds of doubt loom over FOFA debate


If last week’s intense Senate Estimates discussion about the future of Labor’s financial advice reforms is anything to go by, Australia’s financial planning sector could be in for a bumpy 2014. .. Read More

Editorial: Pay the bully no mind


It comes as little surprise that segments outside the financial advice industry would cry foul over the federal government’s draft changes to Labor’s advice reforms. Since the start of the new year, .. Read More

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