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07 March 2016
This Bill removes the exemption on benefits paid in relation to life insurance products from the ban on conflicted remuneration. AIST supports the removal of this exemption, however would also support an eventual end to commissions on life insurance products.
02 March 2016
AIST supports the proposed ASIC guidance. The guidance would benefit from a stronger focus on independence of reviewers, as well as transparency and accessibility. The focus on whether a matter is systemic may provide a disincentive for licensees to positively act on issues that are easily addressed through a regular profiling program.
26 February 2016
AIST welcomes this legislation to create a new taxation system for attribution managed investment trusts. We note that the benefits of these bills should be made available to larger funds who invest through mandates.
19 February 2016
AIST welcomes guidance for persons providing tax (financial) advice services to members of not-for-profit superannuation funds. We support this guidance but note that ideally, APRA should be consulted to ensure consistent guidance from regulators.
12 February 2016
AIST supports the proposal to remake the class order on generic financial calculators, particularly given that the class order would otherwise be ‘sunsetted’. However, AIST believes that a better result going forward would be to examine both generic financial calculators and retirement income projections together.
29 January 2016
While AIST is pleased to see that greater coverage of Choice products is included, AIST is concerned that:
• Qualifying choice investment option definition should include all Choice options. Certain products (e.g. platforms and legacy products) are excluded.
AIST welcomes measures aimed at improving resilience and stability of Australia’s financial system as well as facilitating participation in international derivatives markets. We support measures aimed at protecting retail clients, and we support efficiencies in wholesale derivatives markets, particularly where participants are Australia’s superannuation funds.
27 January 2016
AIST supports the principle of choice in superannuation but argues this has to be provided in a way that does not leave consumers worse off, and operates in an environment of meaningful disclosure and consumer protections.
25 January 2016
While AIST strongly supports the greater alignment of MySuper and Choice disclosure through the introduction of Choice dashboards, AIST is concerned that certain products (including platforms and legacy products) – in which there is considerable member money invested - are excluded. Alignment of MySuper and Choice is needed to protect members and ensure greater superannuation system efficiency.
15 January 2016
AIST supports giving the Commissioner of Taxation the power to modify superannuation and taxation law to provide beneficial outcomes for taxpayers. While necessary safeguards are provided, the ATO should also be required to publish an annual report on the use of this power, on an overall basis and addressing each case.