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Creating an emotional connection with retirement savings

Creating an emotional connection with retirement savings

6 December 2012

David Barrett With Australia’s total pool of superannuation savings recently smashing through the $1.4 trillion mark, one of the more astonishing statistics that we consistently see reported is the proportion of Australians who have little or no understanding of how their retirement savings are being managed. The most recent of these is an ING DIRECT Financial Wellbeing... MORE

Leveraging MySuper to deliver product and service innovation

Leveraging MySuper to deliver product and service innovation

26 November 2012

Michelle Lusty With key MySuper implementation dates creeping closer, conversations with our customers have provided interesting insights into how the industry will respond to MySuper and the shape of future product strategy. Decisions regarding product design will not only determine ease of implementation now, but will provide flexibility for future innovation and the ability to win or... MORE

The right technology: Key considerations for selection

The right technology: Key considerations for selection

16 November 2012

Jon Alder When Bravura Solutions recently opened the lid on the broad topic of ‘what factors do financial service providers consider when selecting technology solutions’, we quickly came to realise that the key issues across the industry are centred on implementation, integration, and strong client/vendor relationships. Some of Bravura Solutions’ Wealth Management clients and other industry experts... MORE

A new dawn: landmark auto-enrolment reforms underway

A new dawn: landmark auto-enrolment reforms underway

9 November 2012

Billed as the biggest shake-up in UK pensions for over a hundred years, auto-enrolment will see up to 11 million employees contributing to a workplace pension over the next five years. Designed to remove the barriers to joining a pension scheme, the reforms are seen as crucial to closing the UK’s growing ‘savings gap’ by... MORE

Unlocking the hidden value in financial institutions

Unlocking the hidden value in financial institutions

19 September 2012

Roland Slee I recently penned a whitepaper entitled, “Unlocking the hidden value in financial institutions”. The paper’s central message is that having modern core business systems is vital to creating sustainable competitive advantage in today’s fast-changing business environment. I have been reflecting on the relationship between technology innovation and business advantage for decades now; it’s a subject... MORE

‘Surround technology’: Delivering value in the short-term

‘Surround technology’: Delivering value in the short-term

4 September 2012

System integration issues continue to present unique challenges to organisations seeking to make strategic decisions regarding product selection. Delivering applications to satisfy business needs requires an understanding of technology and best practice when faced with the constraints of legacy systems. Where critical business information resides across a variety of operating systems and databases, combining this... MORE

Driving change through innovations in Self Managed Super Fund offerings

Driving change through innovations in Self Managed Super Fund offerings

15 August 2012

Darren Stevens Darren Stevens, our Global Head of Product for Wealth Management recently chaired a round table that discussed driving change through innovation in Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF) offerings. It was a fascinating discussion that saw some leading thinkers from the SMSF sector weighing in. A number of themes were touched upon and debated through the... MORE

Mind the Gap! Are you ready for the SuperStream ‘e-conversation’?

Mind the Gap! Are you ready for the SuperStream ‘e-conversation’?

2 August 2012

Daryl Wright With the start of SuperStream now under a year away and the ATO suggesting super funds need to have solutions in place for testing by the end of March 2013, now is the time for funds to ensure they fully understand the implications of SuperStream and are ready for 1 July 2013. There are a... MORE

MySuper: Who will be left standing?

MySuper: Who will be left standing?

29 June 2012

Colin Russell The MySuper start date is 1 July 2013, and all superannuation funds wanting to accept Superannuation Guarantee contributions after that date must first have their MySuper product approved by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). I recently looked through APRA’s MySuper application form, and was surprised by the amount of effort and skill that will... MORE

On the same page: is this the beginning of global regulation for the financial services industry?

On the same page: is this the beginning of global regulation for the financial services industry?

14 June 2012

Aubrey Nestor In the aftermath of the global economic crisis, a wave of new legislation has flooded the financial services industry and organisations are grappling with the biggest regulation implementation changes in a generation. Coming from all over the globe, these regulations have the common goal of making the industry more transparent and are placing organisations under... MORE