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BRIDGE TO BRISBANE RUNNING RACE. 15 Sep 2014
What a great turn out for the Bridge 2 Brisbane! Charmian ran 10km with our friends from Aylward Game Solicitors (//www.aylwardgame.com.au/) - Mark, Ian, Libby, Allyce, Nikki, Nat and Michelle. The team that works together also like to run together!!! The aim on the day (other than to f ..
LRBA CERTIFICATES FOR SMSFS. 09 Sep 2014
While you no doubt see it as a necessary client service, you could be crossing the line by completing a lender’s advice certificate for an SMSF client. Advisers who provide certificates for limited recourse borrowing arrangements may inadvertently provide credit advice in breach of the Nati ..
SECURING PERSONAL INFORMATION. 26 Aug 2014
Client records in the garden shed? The Australian Privacy Commissioner recently published reports about two companies that didn’t adequately protect client personal information. So how far must you go to protect client data? Under the Australian Privacy Principles you are required to: Pr ..
CLARITY AROUND PRINCIPAL'S LIABILITY COVER. 18 Aug 2014
Insurers may find that the wording in their public liability policies has them unknowingly covering a principal’s own negligence. Principal’s liability cover is designed to protect the principal against any liability for property damage or personal injury that arises when a supplier provide ..
WHOLESALE CLIENTS - THE GOAL POSTS HAVE CHANGED. 15 Aug 2014
The definitions and requirements surrounding wholesale clients has long caused confusion for financial advisers. On 8 August ASIC changed the goal posts, indicating that it won’t take action against advisers who provide advice to the trustee of an SMSF with less than $10m net assets, provid ..
ASIC CRACKS DOWN ON LATE LODGEMENTS. 12 Aug 2014
ASIC is on the warpath against licensees who fail to comply with their annual reporting obligations. In the past year alone, the regulator has cancelled eight Australian Financial Services Licences, suspended two licensees, with another seven currently under review. AFS licensees are requir ..
BITCOIN REGULATION. 11 Aug 2014
Despite it’s somewhat shaky start as a payment system for drug dealers and other nefarious activities, Bitcoin is rapidly becoming part of the mainstream. It’s one of the fastest-growing technologies since the birth of the Internet, primarily because it offers a low-fee payment gateway that ..
NEW AML/CTF RULES. 16 Jul 2014
From 1 June 2014, new AML/CTF Rules require ‘reporting entities’ to implement enhanced customer identification procedures. Here’s a quick summary of the new requirements and what you need to do about them. What's New? What to do? The good news is that AUSTRAC won’t be enfo ..
UN-FEAR CONTRACT TERMS. 09 Jul 2014
You’re a small business, trying to get ahead whilst managing your risk. Yet time and time again you’re faced with the choice – sign an unfair contract or lose the work! Large corporations often use standard form contracts containing unfair terms which go beyond what is reasonably necessary  ..
HOLDING MONEY FOR UNCONTACTABLE CLIENTS. 02 Jul 2014
You’re holding money for a client, and after taking reasonable steps, you can’t locate the client. What should you do? It could be anything - a refund of an insurance premium or fees, an insurance claims payment. Literally any money that’s been sent to you, but belongs to your client. B ..
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