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ASIC permanently bans South Australian financial adviser

 ASIC permanently bans South Australian financial adviser

ASIC has permanently banned Mr David Mario Alafaci, of Morphett Vale, South Australia from providing financial services on the basis that he is not of good fame or character.

John Dimitropoulos permanently banned by ASIC from financial services and credit in connection with property and SMSF spruiking

John Dimitropoulos permanently banned by ASIC from financial services and credit in connection with property and SMSF spruiking

Mr Dimitropoulos' banning arises from ASIC's ongoing investigation into a property and self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) promoting group, which includes the companies formerly called Heritage Financial Solutions Australia Pty Ltd (in liq) (Heritage Financial Solutions) and Sunpac Finance Pty Ltd (Sunpac Finance).

ASIC has banned Daniel Gerard Manley from providing financial services for five years.

ASIC has banned Daniel Gerard Manley from providing financial services for five years.

ASIC has banned Daniel Gerard Manley from providing financial services for five years.

ASIC permanently bans Gold Coast financial adviser Mr Satvir Singh Birk

ASIC permanently bans Gold Coast financial adviser Mr Satvir Singh Birk

ASIC has permanently banned Gold Coast based financial adviser Mr Satvir Singh Birk from providing financial services.

ASIC bans former Magnitude Group adviser

ASIC bans former Magnitude Group adviser

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has banned Perth financial adviser Jason Sean Atkins from providing financial services for a period of three years.

ASIC Permanently Bans Perth Financial Adviser - Mr Robert Hutchison

ASIC Permanently Bans Perth Financial Adviser - Mr Robert Hutchison

ASIC has permanently banned Mr Robert Hutchison, of Lower Chittering in Western Australia, from providing financial services.

ASIC Warns Consumers About Investment Scams

ASIC Warns Consumers About Investment Scams

ASIC Deputy Chairman Peter Kell said, 'The Targeting Scams report published today by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) shows reports to Scamwatch on investment scams increased in 2016. ASIC is alerting the public to ways to stay informed and protect themselves from scams.

New professional standards board welcomed

New professional standards board welcomed

The new Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority has today named its board of directors, in a move welcomed by the SMSF Association. 

ASIC starts investigating hundreds of SMSFs

Self Managed Super Funds

The corporate regulator has launched a major investigation into hundreds of funds in a bid to uncover unlicensed SMSF advice.

As reported by ifa sister publication SMSF Adviser earlier this year, ASIC is currently conducting a major shadow shopping exercise, and has now started contacting various SMSF professionals to collate data on the set-up process of hundreds of funds, as part of a massive research project set for release later this year.

 

In emails seen by SMSF Adviser, it is clear ASIC has selected several hundred funds that were set up in September 2016 for random investigation, and is contacting tax agents associated with the funds.

ASIC is asking if the clients of the tax agents received any professional advice about establishing their SMSF and, if so, that the contact details are passed on.

While ASIC is gathering details about both financial advisers and accountants as part of this project, it is understood that broadly, unlicensed accountants in particular are on the regulatory radar.

The information supplied to ASIC is treated as anonymous, but the general findings will be published in a report slated for the second half of this year, an ASIC spokesperson told SMSF Adviser.

ASIC could not outline any further details of the investigation, except to confirm that it is pursuing its “major” shadow shop as announced in February, and will be looking at random samples of SMSF advice.

Despite being relatively lax in the past to instances of accountants operating outside of the accountants’ exemption in particular, BDO’s national leader for superannuation Shirley Schaefer suggested ASIC will be taking no prisoners this time around.

“I suspect a lot of accountants have sat outside the accountants’ exemption for years, and ASIC never did anything about it in the past,” Ms Schaefer told SMSF Adviser.

She acknowledged that many accountants do not agree that the SMSF services they are providing fall into the financial advice category, an argument that is largely irrelevant in 2017.

“This is not just tax advice. I certainly believe [SMSFs are] a structure not a product, but that argument is gone. There’s no point having that one again. We’ve been there and it’s gone,” Ms Schaefer said.

 

Article from: Independent Financial Advisor 

KATARINA TAURIAN- Wednesday, 29 March 2017

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