FPA demands clarity on who wins in grandfathering ban

The Financial Planning Association (FPA) has called on the Government to specifically detail what will happen to grandfathered commissions, if they are not to go to financial advisers.

The Government introduced the legislation banning grandfathered commissions today, with the FPA complaining that it was light on detail and that consumers could be the ones to miss out with the Government rushing its bill to end the grandfathering of commissions on investment products.

 The FPA said that while it supported the phasing-out of commissions on investment products as recommended by the Financial Services Royal Commission, the bill introduced by the Government today had no additional details on how this would be done to ensure consumers benefit from the change.

FPA chief executive, Dante De Gori said removing commissions had to result in a genuine reduction in product fees or the rebating of the commissions to consumers but this had not been detailed by the Government.

He said just because a financial planner stopped receiving commissions, didn’t actually mean the consumer stopped paying them through their investment fees because the cost of the commission was embedded in the fees, which was why the rebating and monitoring arrangements were so important.

“Retirees could lose even more by giving up favourable tax and pension treatments on their existing investments if they are forced to move to new investment products, with the bill making no provision to prevent this impact.”

 “We are disappointed the bill allows only 17 months to complete a change that the FPA has recommended could take up to three years if the Government is to avoid unintended consequences for consumers, and the financial services ecosystem,” De Gori said.

 “More than fifty percent of FPA members have already made the transition and derive no revenue from commissions on investment and superannuation products. So it’s not about whether our members are willing, they are, it’s about making sure the transition is done carefully and diligently to protect the interests of everyone, especially consumers,” he said

 The FPA urges the Government to provide a full three-year transition period and release further details of the proposed rebating and monitoring scheme so they can be examined by the industry.




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yeah, you will get a reply. no one is going to bother with you FPA, while you let the big product makers pay you for membership

Too late as always FPA - always the muffled shouting AFTER THE LEGISLATION HAS PASSED. You only have to see how the mortgage broker bodies were on the front foot to realise how useless and pathetic the FPA are.

More than 50% of FPA members have transitioned to no revenue from commissions! That either says what the FPA want everyone to believe or their membership numbers are dwindling.

Is this the opinion of AMP financial planners or AMP itself. I'm confused FPA who you actually represent here. Disappointing to see such a growing disconnect between how FPA advisers charge their clients, and how the FPA is actually paid. FPA needs to represent solely financial planners. The FPA simply can't be getting a commission from firms like AMP and CBA FP and then be trying to claim they represent planners in this matter. ...nothing is achieved with that conflicted relationship.

Another ill-informed, misguided and irresponsible announcement by the Treasurer. How does this fit with "best interest" which is clearly the financial advisers responsibility while government says "do as we tell you, not as we do". Great leadership Josh. Who writes these policy docs?

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