Advice by super funds 'generally appropriate'

3 December 2019

The corporate watchdog has found that financial advice provided by superannuation funds has overall been “generally appropriate”, with quality of advice being similar across retail and industry funds.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s (ASIC’s) ‘Report 639 Financial advice by superannuation funds’ looked at 25 super funds and how they helped members obtain financial advice.

ASIC Commissioner, Danielle Press, said: “We recognise that inappropriate superannuation advice can have a significant detrimental impact on members’ future financial security. Where we did see some risk of detriment, we will be following up with the advice provider and requiring that they review and remediate the affected member.

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“More broadly, proper oversight of advice fee deductions from superannuation accounts for all advice, not just advice provided by superannuation trustees, is an area of ongoing focus for ASIC working with APRA.”

Press noted that the quality of advice was found to be similar across retail and industry funds.

“Due to the different sample sizes we used in our work however, it is not possible to properly compare the overall quality of advice based on all four fund types, and our findings are presented on an aggregate basis,” she said.

“We will continue to monitor developments in advice services offered by funds through our regular engagement with trustees and take action as required.”

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Really, so it is "generally appropriate" to recommend the in house product every time?
And what does ASIC mean by "Generally"? Obviously, by implication, the "advice" can not be given a better rating than generally.....

Must have been slim pickings to check advice files for the industry funds given free pass to hide behind general advice provisions.

I'm sorry, but I don't believe anything ASIC say these days. They are a serial data manipulator driven by ideology and a cultural bias against financial advisers.

Ouch! This report card isn’t go to play our well in retail land. Even a C+ for super funds over an F for some advice shops as marked by Hayne and others is a marked improvement in terms of consumer outcomes. But overall, the whole class’s report card marked “can and needs to do better”.

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