SPAA gives thumbs up to changes to best interest duty

19 March 2014: The SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia (SPAA) has thrown its weight behind the Federal Government’s decision to amend how best interest duty (BID) works as part of the FoFA reforms.

SPAA CEO Andrea Slattery says: “We support the amendments because the existing legislation had the potential to be too broad in its application, to create uncertainty and to cause a high compliance burden for financial advisors.

“Removing the BID catch-all provision will increase certainty and reduce costs for advisors, with these benefits flowing on to consumers of financial advice.

“SPAA does not agree with the criticism that the changes to the BID have inherently weakened how it works. In our opinion, the general requirement to act in the best interests of the client in relation to advice still remains.

“Further, and as highlighted by SPAA’s Patron, the former Chief Justice of the High Court, Sir Anthony Mason, at cialis24pharmacy online our 2014 National Conference, changing the legislative formulation of the best interest duty does not abrogate an advisor’s fiduciary duty at common law to act in the best interest of their client.”

Slattery says although SPAA welcomes the changes to reduce red tape, we believe that the Government’s amendments allowing an exemption for general advice from the ban on conflicted viagra24onlinepharmacy remuneration is still too generous, even though the Government tightened http://cialis24pharmacy-online.com/ the exemption after consulting with the industry.

“We believe the best consumer outcomes are achieved independently from viagra online cheap links with product remuneration that can incentivise the sale of products over the provision of objective, quality advice in the genuine interest of the client.

“The best approach, in our opinion, is an environment where viagra24onlinepharmacy an advisor’s remuneration is aligned with providing high quality advice without the influence of commissions.

“SPAA understands a key motivation of the Government’s amendments to remuneration of general advice was to increase access to general advice by lowering the cost of this advice.

“However, improved availability to general advice does not equate to consumers receiving financial advice that is appropriate, adequate or will assist them in making improved financial decisions.

“Research undertaken by SPAA has shown that personal advice tailored to consumers personal circumstances results in the consumer having increased engagement with their financial future and retirement savings and consumers are increasingly demanding specialised financial advice to assist them achieve their financial goals.”

SPAA stresses that the FoFA reforms do not address the competencies of those providing financial advice. ”We online pharmacy reviews forum believe raising the standards of education, training and competencies for financial advisers is still integral to improving the quality of financial advice and improving outcomes for consumers,” she says.

About SPAA

The SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia (SPAA) is the authoritative voice for the self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) sector. SPAA, which represents professionals providing a range of services across various disciplines in the complex area of SMSFs, is an advocate for the highest professional standards and competence to ensure SMSF trustees always receive the best possible advice.

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Contact for interviews:

Andrea Slattery
SPAA CEO
P: 08 8205 1900
ceo@spaa.asn.au

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