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INSURANCE AFFECTED BY AUSTRALIA POST CHANGES. 22 Jun 2017
Since the changes to Australia Post’s standard delivery times have changed, it may take longer for a postal cancellation of an insurance policy to take effect. It is common knowledge that under the Insurance Contracts Act, the earliest a cancellation of insurance can take effect is 4pm ..
CROWD-SOURCED EQUITY FUNDING – A QUICK PRIMER. 02 Jun 2017
From 28 September 2017, a new source of capital will become available to unlisted businesses – funding by the ‘crowd’. That’s you and me, mums and dads, and of course, the usual suspects – high net worth and institutional investors, who have previously had these investment opportunities pretty m ..
MDA CHANGES – WHAT, WHEN & WHO? 12 Apr 2017
How time has flown! We’re 6 months in to the revised MDA services framework, but what with Christmas and all, we’ve not seen much evidence of MDA providers changing their processes. But the first deadline - for full service MDA providers - is approaching, people. It’s time to get your skate ..
UNFAIR FINANCIAL SERVICES CONTRACTS. 05 Apr 2017
“Unfair contract terms” was the hot topic of 2016. Businesses were warned to get their contracts reviewed, multiple articles were published explaining what an unfair contract term actually is, and the ACCC worked with some industries to weed out unfair contract terms. The problem is, one p ..
THANK YOU FINTECH COMMUNITY! 29 Mar 2017
Luckily we’ve never made a secret of our soft spot for fintech clients because our double win at the Fintech Business Awards recently would have blown the lid on it! We are very proud of our Managing Director, Claire Wivell Plater’s Thought Leader of the Year and Fintech Mentor of the Year ..
BUY/SELL AGREEMENTS AND SUCCESSION PLANNING. 22 Feb 2017
Businesses who fail to plan for death or serious illness of a principal may live to regret it! Imagine this – one of your co-owners falls seriously ill and needs to exit the business. Can you pay them out? How will you plan for the future? If they die, you could be in business with the ..
ASIC'S REGULATORY SANDBOX. 16 Dec 2016
On 15 December 2016, ASIC unleashed its long-awaited regulatory sandbox which allows innovative businesses who use technology to provide financial and credit services to test their product and service offerings for up to 12 months without a licence. It’s called a Concept Validation Lic ..
ONLINE CONTRACTS - CLICK TO AGREE. 07 Dec 2016
When millions of users signed up for ‘Pokémon Go’ they agreed to a term granting the app developers access to see and modify nearly all of their information on their Google accounts - including emails. We’ve been wondering how many users were aware of this. Were you? In our online world, pe ..
NEW TOUGH APPROACH TO LICENSING. 15 Nov 2016
ASIC is now taking a tougher approach on AFS and ACL licence applications – they’re refusing to accept applications for lodgement if they don’t contain all the required material and they’re taking a more detailed and rigorous approach to assessing applications. Lodgement failures On l ..
LIFE COMMISSIONS AND OSTRICHES. 04 Oct 2016
The volume of noise emanating from the vocal group of life advisers who seem to believe they can push back the tide on life commissions caps is a truly remarkable phenomenon. There's no point fighting it. It's inevitable, not least due to the inappropriate advice practices of the past.  ..
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