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Delivering advice – A competitive advantage for super funds?

Delivering advice – A competitive advantage for super funds?

4 June 2012

Daryl Wright In recent weeks there has been discussion in the Australian industry about Investment Trends’ latest report stating that an increasing number of Australians are turning to Superannuation funds for advice. The report builds on a number of recent others, including from ASFA (Consumer attitudes to superannuation and super policy issues, Nov 2011), stating that members... MORE

The importance of IT

The importance of IT

15 May 2012

Len Rust Computer systems and applications that constitute today’s information technology pervade every part of every business and government, throughout Australia. IT’s rapid evolution has challenged business, government and non-profit organisations to extract the most benefits from their systems and applications and to update them as the organisations needs evolve. To some, IT departments should constantly modernise... MORE

Strengthening domestic fund management: All eyes on Ireland

Strengthening domestic fund management: All eyes on Ireland

2 May 2012

Tricia Riddell The funds industry is one of the great success stories of the Irish economy. From humble beginnings in the early 1990s, the region has become a global player. According to statistics from the Irish Funds Industry Association, it services assets in excess of €1,941 billion and employs over 11,000 people. But what next for this... MORE

2022: The coming of age for Generation Y

2022: The coming of age for Generation Y

24 April 2012

Jamie Macgregor This week, the Celent team have been developing the content for a workshop that we will take to our clients to explore what the world of insurance could like in 2022 once the disruptive effects of today’s technology evolutions take hold, such as cloud, ‘Big Data’, and SoMoLo (Social, Mobile and Local). Although sometimes in... MORE

SuperStream – An ongoing conversation

SuperStream – An ongoing conversation

17 April 2012

Darren Stevens The latest Exposure Draft (ED) “Superannuation Payments and Data Regulations” legislation from SuperStream (part of the Stronger Super government initiative to reform the Australian superannuation industry) focuses on the data standards for superannuation payments, placing enforceable requirements on super entities, employers and intermediaries processing data on behalf of these entities. The SuperStream legislation is intended... MORE

Has your business had its operational and IT health check?

Has your business had its operational and IT health check?

27 March 2012

Jon Alder Has your business had its operational and IT health check?In today’s health conscious society we are all focused on eating low fat, zero carb and sugar free diets; maybe now it’s time to extend this focus to the health and wellbeing of our operational and IT environments? Running inefficient IT and operational environments will increase... MORE

The IT crossroads

The IT crossroads

13 February 2012

Len Rust The world today is full of cycles. There are stock market highs and lows, periods of good and bad weather even apparent cycles of good luck and bad luck. We hear about certain kinds of cycles every day “The Dow is up”, “We’re having a warming trend”, “The economy is down”. But while we commonly... MORE

Enhancing the client experience through technology

Enhancing the client experience through technology

20 January 2012

Roland Slee It is important to remember that wealth management is not an island but part of a wider ecosystem. In a world where consumers have become accustomed to highly personalised and efficient service facilitated through technology, they will expect nothing less from their wealth managers. Currently HNWIs give a very poor rating to the experience they... MORE

Where is the wealth management industry placed and where is it going next year?

Where is the wealth management industry placed and where is it going next year?

22 December 2011

Darren Stevens As we approach the end of the year, it’s time to take stock of the major ‘flavours’ of 2011 and assess the industry’s position for the year to come. Perhaps the biggest theme of the past year was global market uncertainty. From a fintech perspective, this created renewed interest in technology solutions to deliver heightened... MORE

Don’t consolidate away my insurance policy!

Don’t consolidate away my insurance policy!

9 December 2011

Colin Russell ASFA estimates there are around 14 million people in Australia holding superannuation accounts; however, there is more than double this number of accounts sitting with funds. The average ratio of accounts to people in Australia is over two to one. Measures are planned to auto-consolidate these accounts and reduce the number of lost accounts. These... MORE