misleading advice

Property investors lose hundreds of thousands of dollars through unregulated real estate advice

Property investors lose hundreds of thousands of dollars through unregulated real estate advice

“We know that property prices go up and they go down, we know that superannuation should be a diversified portfolio, so across a spread of different assets, and if you're holding a single asset in your retirement fund then you are exposing yourself to significant risk.”

Gold Coast director and property developer sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment

Gold Coast director and property developer sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment

“Owing investors approximately $9 million (17-246MR). Many of the investors were pensioners and were approached by telemarketing or word of mouth. Investors were convinced to borrow against their homes and were told that their money would be used to develop property in Tasmania. Instead, the money paid by investors was used to pay back interest owed to other investors, payments to employees, cash withdrawals and transfers to personal bank accounts.”

ASIC bans mortgage broker from credit for three years

ASIC bans mortgage broker from credit for three years

Mr Wilkins was a mortgage broker and helped clients to arrange finance to purchase properties. ASIC found that on five occasions in June and July 2010, Mr Wilkins submitted loan applications on behalf of clients in which he deliberately overstated their savings by between about $130,000 and $179,000.

ASIC bans former Commonwealth Financial Planning adviser for 5 years

ASIC bans former Commonwealth Financial Planning adviser for 5 years

ASIC has banned Kimberley Holgate, of Wagga Wagga, NSW, from providing financial services for five years.

ASIC bans Victorian financial adviser for three years

ASIC bans Victorian financial adviser for three years

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has banned financial adviser Julie Hamilton from providing financial services for three years for failing to act in her clients' best interests.

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.

WARNING! Potential SMSF Investors At Risk

WARNING! Potential SMSF Investors At Risk

Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) investors need to be made aware of a scheme that is being promoted across the country. Investors are being advised to borrow to buy off-the-plan property, misleadingly offering high rewards and promising little to no risk.  For many, this has ended in unnecessary financial losses.

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 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 Two Melbourne Men for Breaches of Best Interests Duty

ASIC has banned Mr Adrian Chenh and Mr Bill El-Helou from providing financial services for a period of five years each following an ASIC investigation.

ASIC’s investigation found that Mr Chenh and Mr El-Helou provided advice to clients that was in breach of the best interests duty introduced under the Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) reforms.