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The Federal Court of Australia has approved the transfer of Macquarie Life’s risk insurance portfolio to Zurich Australia, a move that will see the Swiss firm become Australia’s fourth biggest retail insurer in the IFA segment.
The head of a failed Australian stockbroking firm, which collapsed owing investors A$61m (£36m, $47m, €42m), took financial advice from a psychic who claimed she could 'manipulate electromagnetic energy' to get “better outcomes” for the company.
One of Australia's big four banks, Westpac Banking Corp, has announced plans to remove all product related incentives from frontline staff in its retail branches as part of efforts to rebuild trust with its customers.
With news overnight that the Bank of Japan has unveiled a new form of stimulus, professional investors and economists reacted with mixed enthusiasm.
Chief executive Phil Neilson talks about starting Just Service HK from scratch, the future of fintech and ambitions to triple his client base from 500 to 1,500 over the next 12 months.
The number of people buying life insurance policies without commissions or financial advice in Singapore has been low since the product’s launch in April last year.
Wealth management firm Crossbridge Capital is to target Singapore’s “underserved” US expatriate market with the launch of the country’s first digital advisory platform for accredited investors, with at least $2m (£1.5m, €1.8m) in net personal assets.
Indonesia’s government has reassured participants of its tax amnesty programme that they will not be prosecuted for tax evasion after it emerged last week that private banks in Singapore are sharing with police the details of wealthy clients using the programme.
There are still opportunities to earn healthy dividends without sacrificing capital, argue Asian fund managers.
Harvest Global Investments (HGI), part of Chinese giant Harvest Fund Management, plans to expand its operations in Europe and worldwide through the appointment Ashley Dale as its chief business development officer and chief marketing officer.
The Australian government has scrapped plans to introduce a controversial A$500,000 (£286,598, $383,675, €341,174) lifetime cap curbing the amount people can save into their pensions.
Global investment management business LJ Partnership has acquired Guggenheim Investment Advisors (Hong Kong) from Guggenheim Partners, having already bought the firm’s advisory businesses in Geneva and Miami.
Domestic insurance firms in Hong Kong are taking the lion’s share of the Asian cross-border market as they are more willing to operate in muddy waters, says NMG Consulting principal consultant, Edmund Campbell, speaking at International Adviser’s Fund Links conference in London on Wednesday.
Asset managers and distributors in Asia used to split the annual management charge, but over the last couple years the distribution side has been getting more than half. What is a fair split?
From semiconductor manufacturer TSMC to companies specialising in advanced driver assistance systems (Adas) in automobiles, Taiwan is home to a number of disruptive innovators that investors would be wise to take notice of, according to Hermes senior investment analyst Kunjal Gala.
Plans to amalgamate China’s three financial services watchdogs into a ‘super regulator’ have been cast into doubt with officials saying that the government may keep the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) as a standalone body.
A partnership with an onshore bank is the preferred path for access to the mainland HNW base, according to Michael Blake, Union Bancaire Privee's chief executive of Asia.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (Mas) and the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (Finma) signed a cooperation agreement on Monday to foster greater cooperation on fintech.
A financial adviser for Japan-based Gibraltar Life Insurance has been accused of stealing around JPY190m (£1.4m, $1.9m, €1.7m) from 26 customers over a period of 10 years, the company said in a statement on its website.
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