Best Interest

ASIC commences civil penalty proceeding against Westpac for poor financial advice

ASIC commences civil penalty proceeding against Westpac for poor financial advice

ASIC has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Westpac Banking Corporation in relation to alleged poor financial advice provided by one of its former financial planners, Mr Sudhir Sinha.

ASIC permanently bans former authorised representative Michael Taylor from providing financial services

ASIC permanently bans former authorised representative Michael Taylor from providing financial services

ASIC has permanently banned Queensland financial adviser Mr Michael Gordon McIlwraith Taylor from providing financial services. Mr Taylor was an authorised representative of Morgans Financial Limited from 10 March 2004 until 21 September 2015.

ASIC bans former Suncorp Financial Services financial adviser for four years

ASIC bans former Suncorp Financial Services financial adviser for four years

ASIC has banned Queensland financial adviser Gerald Grubwinkler from providing financial services for four years. ASIC found that Mr Grubwinkler failed to act in his clients' best interests when providing advice on superannuation and insurance.

ASIC acts against Melbourne-based financial services and credit business

ASIC acts against Melbourne-based financial services and credit business

The Federal Court of Australia has made interim orders restraining Financial Circle Pty Ltd (Financial Circle) from engaging in a number of activities including carrying on a financial services business, providing financial advice or entering into credit contracts.

Red Flags For Bad Advice

Red Flags For Bad Advice

The introduction of the Best Interest Duty in 2013 as part of the Future of Financial Planning reforms (FoFA) stipulates that financial planners must act in the best interest of their clients.  While the Best Interest Duty has had an overwhelmingly positive effect, there are still a number of financial advisers being reported by ASIC who have not been compliant, and consumers should be aware of what to look out for to avoid these rogue financial advisers.

Enforceable undertaking excludes Queensland financial adviser for five years

Enforceable undertaking excludes Queensland financial adviser for five years

ASIC has accepted an enforceable undertaking (EU) from former Hart Ensole Pty Ltd representative, Dean Hartmann, after it was found that he failed to meet his financial advice obligations when dealing with his clients.