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Navigating Change conference ONLY 20 SPACES LEFT - BOOK NOW!

7 Aug 17 - Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ are pleased to announce that their joint inaugural national conference is selling out quickly... LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE, SO DON'T DELAY Navigating Change Conference 7-8 September 2017 Hilton Hotel Auckland For booking and more information visit the conference website www.navigatingchange.co.nz

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Financial Services - Event of the Year

7 Aug 17 - Financial Services Council - Media Release: The Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ are delighted to announce a growing list of sponsors for the inaugural Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ national conference – ‘Navigating Change’ on 7 and 8 September 2017 at the Hilton Hotel, Auckland.

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Celebrating success in the financial services industry, we're excited to bring you the industry awards.

21 Jul 17 - Navigating Change Conference 7-8 September 2017 Hilton Hotel Auckland Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ are proud to celebrate success in the financial services industry. In our joint and inaugural national conference, we're excited to bring you the industry awards. This is a great opportunity to celebrate and showcase excellence and give us all a chance to celebrate success, learn from our peers and find ways to deliver great consumer outcomes within the financial services industry. Nominations open for Financial Services Council members and Workplace Savings NZ members. For more information and to submit an award nomination www.navigatingchange.co.nz

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Navigating Change conference ONLY 30 SPACES LEFT - BOOK NOW!

21 Jul 17 - Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ are pleased to announce that their joint inaugural national conference is selling out quickly... LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE, SO DON'T DELAY Navigating Change Conference 7-8 September 2017 Hilton Hotel Auckland For booking and more information visit the conference website www.navigatingchange.co.nz

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FMA keen to see personalised robo-advice enabled in New Zealand sooner than the law would otherwise allow

21 Jul 17 - Interest.co.nz: By the end of the year, you may be able to plug in information about your financial situation to an approved computer programme, and have personalised advice spouted back out at you. The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is proposing to use its powers to enable firms to provide personalised robo-advice at least a year before a pending law change is expected to allow this.

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Consumers tell FMA about financial providers’ conduct

21 Jul 17 - Financial Markets Authority: Financial services providers are fair and professional, but have work to do to explain fees and how their products are appropriate, their customers have told the FMA.

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KiwiSaver: Plenty to be proud of but don't pop the Champagne yet

21 Jul 17 - Stuff: OPINION: Ten years ago this month, KiwiSaver was unveiled to the world by a beaming Sir Michael Cullen. As we take time to celebrate its 10th birthday there's a lot to be proud of about the scheme, but a lot needs to be done before it can truly be considered 'world class'. The good is easy to see.

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FMA confirms KiwiSaver fees methodology

21 Jul 17 - Financial Markets Authority: The FMA has confirmed the methodology KiwiSaver scheme providers must use when calculating the dollar amount of fees paid by KiwiSaver investors for annual statements. The FMA wants to ensure providers are calculating fees accurately without burdening them with unnecessary costs and ensuring they have time to comply.

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Mary Holm: Double your money - and then some

10 Jul 17 - NZ Herald: This week we follow up on last week's column about a survey on how readers have done in KiwiSaver. Many of the respondents made comments about the scheme, so we'll look into some of those this week.

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KiwiSaver key for Rotorua couples in securing first home

10 Jul 17 - NZ Herald: Rotorua's Shannon Carline and Wayne Butler became homeowners at age 22 - a feat only made possible by their KiwiSaver funds.

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Superannuation shortfall still significant for most

10 Jul 17 - Auckland Scoop: The gap between income and expenditure for New Zealand retirees continues to shrink, but rising housing and household utility bills mean most Kiwis’ superannuation payments still don’t cover their costs of living, says a leading personal finance academic.

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What you need to save for a comfy retirement

10 Jul 17 - NZ Herald: A couple who want to live in a major New Zealand city and have a comfortable retirement would need about $486,000 based on the spending of today's retirees, research has found. Westpac Massey University's Fin-Ed Centre has updated its retirement expenditure research which analyses the spending of over 65 year olds based on Statistics New Zealand household economic data.

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Navigating Change Conference, limited spaces available, so don't delay!

10 Jul 17 - Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ are delighted to announce the launch of the updated conference program Navigating Change Conference 7-8 September 2017 Hilton Hotel Auckland LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE, SO DON'T DELAY Click here for the updated conference brochure For booking and more information visit the conference website www.navigatingchange.co.nz

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Five days to go...Navigating Change Conference Early-bird Closes on Friday 30 June

26 Jun 17 - Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ are delighted to announce the launch of the updated conference program Navigating Change Conference 7-8 September 2017 Auckland Hilton Hotel

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Get Sorted: KiwiSaver deadline is end of June

15 Jun 17 - New Zealand Herald: Deadlines can bring out our best work. Why is that? There's something about being under the pump that makes us rise to the occasion and simply get it done. We just find a way somehow. This time of year - before June runs out - is the deadline to get the annual $521 from the government into our KiwiSaver accounts. It would be great if we could all look at our situations - and consider those around us who may be missing out on the practically free money. If they're over 18, we might even help them top up their accounts so they get the most they can.

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Government response to review of retirement income policies

15 Jun 17 - New Zealand Government: The Government has today released its response to the Retirement Commissioner’s review on retirement income policies, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean says.

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Financial Services Council Awards 2017 open now

15 Jun 17 - Financial Services Council: Celebrating success in the financial services industry, we're excited to bring you the industry awards. This is a great opportunity to celebrate and showcase excellence and give us all a chance to celebrate success, learn from our peers and find ways to deliver great consumer outcomes within the financial services industry.

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Financial Services Council June 2017 newsletter

15 Jun 17 - The latest Financial Services Council June 2017 newsletter. 

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Book Now! Early bird registration for Navigating Change conference closes 30 June 2017

9 Jun 17 - Early bird registrations close on 30 June 2017 for the inaugural Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ national conference. Navigating Change  7– 8 September 2017 Hilton Hotel, Auckland

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FMA announces methodology for KiwiSaver fee disclosure

9 Jun 17 - Financial Markets Authority: The Government has recently introduced regulations requiring KiwiSaver providers to disclose fees in dollars in members’ annual statements. The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has been consulting on a methodology that will assist KiwiSaver providers to understand the requirements of those regulations.

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AIA Joins the Financial Services Council

9 Jun 17 - FSC Media Release: The Financial Services Council announced today that AIA has joined the association, bringing the total number of members to 16 members and 14 Associate members. Financial Services Council Chief Executive Richard Klipin said, ‘We are pleased to welcome back AIA to the Financial Services Council. The Industry is going through rapid change and AIA is an important part of the New Zealand Life insurance landscape.’

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What Budget 2017 spending promises look like when adjusted for inflation and population growth; Defence, education, health, welfare and law & order to fall; Super costs to rise through 2021

26 May 17 - interest.co.nz: For all that talk of winners in this year's Budget, a deep dive into the numbers coupled with fundamental economic analysis paints a different picture. Those wanting to dig a bit further into the Budget numbers, here are some tools to see how 2017’s numbers compared to previous years, and what levels of spending we’re set to see over the next four.

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Budget 2017: More incentives for middle-class taxpayers needed

26 May 17 - NZ Herald: With the Government in a position of surplus it would be good to see some incentives introduced in this year's Budget, beyond the social investment being targeted in the announcements made to date, says local financial adviser Nick Stewart.

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Get Sorted: Why KiwiSaver balances go up... and down

17 May 17 - New Zealand Herald: Quick question: what's the difference between a savings account and a KiwiSaver account? Short answer: when you put money in, the first always goes up, but the other goes up and down. That's no small thing. ​​​​​​​

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KiwiSaver hits $40b, but balances stay low

17 May 17 - New Zealand Herald: Strong investment growth has boosted the value of KiwiSaver to over $40 billion but individual balances remain low for many despite the scheme running for nearly 10 years. Figures from Australian research firm Strategic Insight show total KiwiSaver funds hit $40.651 billion at the end of March, up from $38.416b as of December 31.

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FMA: KiwiSaver trial to target decision-making a decade out from retirement

11 May 17 - Financial Markets Authority: The FMA is working with ANZ to see if behavioural insights can prompt more ANZ KiwiSaver members to get retirement advice, or use retirement-planning tools when they hit 56 years old.

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Launch of Navigating Change national conference

4 May 17 - Financial Services Council (FSC) and Workplace Savings NZ (WSNZ) are proud to announce the launch of the inaugural national conference.

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BT/Westpac funds clean-up sees off Vanguard…

1 May 17 - InvestmentnewsNZ: Westpac KiwiSaver has dropped Vanguard as global equities manager for its default fund in the first phase of an across-the-board ethical-cleansing at its investment management division.

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One in three Kiwis have no money plan for retirement

28 Apr 17 - NZ Herald: Young people were the least likely to have a money plan, but even among older people, only 41 per cent knew how much they would need for retirement.

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Fisher fades as Mercer mounts late retail run in 2016

24 Apr 17 - InvestmentNewsNZ: Mercer struck form in the December quarter after growing NZ retail funds under management (FUM) by almost 11 per cent, more than double the rate of its nearest competitor, new data from Australian research firm Strategic Insight (SI) shows.

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Growing divide in risk profile hits KiwiSaver returns, MJW survey

24 Apr 17 - InvestmentNewsNZ: Divergent asset allocations have come to the fore again in the KiwiSaver market with Milford Asset Management producing stand-out results – at both ends of the scale, the latest Melville Jessup Weaver (MJW) quarterly investment survey shows.

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David Simmers: Less super for the rich?

19 Apr 17 - Stuff.co.nz: OPINION: The current debate about superannuation seems to focus solely on the age of eligibility. This is disappointing; the equally important question of how to limit the amount paid to those who do not need state assistance is largely ignored.

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FMA launches consultation on KiwiSaver fees methodology

12 Apr 17 - The FMA is consulting on how those fees should be calculated and disclosed. Deadline for submissions is 5 May 2017.

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Anglican scheme looks for ethical uplift

10 Apr 17 - InvestmentNewsNZ: The rising demand for socially responsible investment (SRI) options has sparked renewed interest in niche ‘ethical’ funds, according to Anglican Pension Board general manager, Mark Wilcox.

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ANZ keen to keep KiwiSaver business

10 Apr 17 - Interest.co.nz: When the ANZ Banking Group gets around to "considering" the future of its New Zealand wealth unit, one thing it won't be doing is selling its KiwiSaver business, CEO Shayne Elliott says.

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ASB steps up KiwiSaver advice

7 Apr 17 - NZ Herald: ASB says a change in the way the regulator views personalised financial advice has opened the door for it to provide more KiwiSaver advice.

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Cullen concerned over perpetual saving 'holidays'

7 Apr 17 - Stuff.co.nz: Cullen, who as Labour finance minister launched KiwiSaver in 2007, now calls the holiday rule a "kink" in the design of KiwiSaver.

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One in seven Kiwis should be in financial 'intensive care', says Commission for Financial Capability

3 Apr 17 - Stuff.co.nz: The government's money education agency says 14 per cent of Kiwis should be sent straight to financial "intensive care".

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Anger at Superlife's KiwiSaver $100 'transfer' fee

31 Mar 17 - Stuff.co.nz: Sam Arora is taking a stand over his KiwiSaver provider's decision to charge him $100 to leave. Arora has his money invested with KiwiSaver provider SuperLife, but is considering shifting to rival provider Simplicity.

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Growing KiwiSaver balances mean people can't put off writing a Will

29 Mar 17 - Stuff.co.nz: Growing KiwiSaver balances could spell trouble for New Zealanders who do not have a will.It is estimated that more than half of all New Zealanders over the age of 18 have not yet drafted one.

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Many Kiwis have no idea how much income they need to retire

29 Mar 17 - Stuff.co.nz: KiwiSaver provider Kiwi Wealth found something odd when developing online tools to help people work out how much to save to get the retirement they want.

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Four KiwiSaver schemes yet to ditch weapons investments

27 Mar 17 - Radio New Zealand: Some KiwiSaver funds are still investing in banned weapons despite making promises to get rid of the holdings.

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BNZ adopts ethical screen on investments

24 Mar 17 - Goodreturns: BNZ has announced it will drop its investments in companies involved in the production of cluster munitions, anti-personnel mines, nuclear weapons and tobacco or tobacco products.

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Govt tells KiwiSaver providers to act quickly on weapons' investments

24 Mar 17 - NZ Herald: The government won't put a deadline on when it expects KiwiSaver providers to exit investments in banned weapons' makers instead insisting they should act as "quickly as possible."

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Super storm

22 Mar 17 - Otago Daily Times magazine: Squabbling about the retirement age is bailing out the dinghy as a tornado approaches. Bruce Munro looks at the perfect storm brewing on the horizon and asks whether we even know in which direction to row.

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Kiwisaver: Some frequently asked questions

22 Mar 17 - NZ Herald:  This is the third and final instalment in a series of articles looking at the important assumptions and decisions one needs to make when forecasting what nest-egg one might achieve with a long-term investment plan using a KiwiSaver scheme.

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KiwiSaver transfer lags a concern

22 Mar 17 - Goodreturns: There are calls to streamline the process of transfers between KiwiSaver schemes, to reduce the burden on providers and members.Binu Paul, founder of SavvyKiwi, said there were problems with the current situation.

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Generate closes in on $400m, hires portfolio manager

20 Mar 17 - InvestmentNewsNZ: Auckland-headquartered boutique KiwiSaver scheme, Generate, has upsized its investment team with the appointment of Edward Glennie as senior portfolio manager.

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KiwiSaver growth up despite investment loss

20 Mar 17 - InvestmentNewsNZ: KiwiSaver funds under management (FUM) broke through the $38 billion level in the December quarter, fueled entirely by member contributions, according to the latest data from Australian research house Strategic Insight (SI).

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Providers go on KiwiSaver guidance green light

13 Mar 17 - InvestmentNewsNZ: Several providers have already relaxed constraints on staff for giving KiwiSaver advice following the release of the regulator’s new guidance note last week, according to Liam Mason, Financial Market Authority (FMA) director regulation.

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