Dec 16

On 8 December 2016, the Federal Court found that German construction group holding company Hochtief Aktiengesellschaft (Hochtief AG) engaged in insider trading in contravention of section 1043A(1)(d) of the Corporations Act 2001, and has ordered Hochtief AG to pay a financial penalty of $400,000, as well as ASIC's legal costs.

ASIC Commissioner Cathie Armour joins the podcast to discuss the details of the case, as well as its wider significance for Australia's financial markets.

You can read ASIC's media release on the matter here

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Dec 13

ASIC Commissioner John Price joins the podcast to discuss ASIC's approach to whistleblowers and how they can be better encouraged and protected.

More information on the topic is available here.

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Nov 24

On this episode, we have a quick chat to ASIC in the Community Manager Justine Butler about ASIC's workplace giving program, which has been awarded a silver medal in the inaugural Workplace Giving Excellence Awards in Melbourne.

The awards are part of the Australian Charities' Fund One Million Donors campaign, and recognise employers and their staff who show leadership in supporting charities and community groups.

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Nov 02

Joanna Bird, Senior Executive Leader, Financial Advisers joins the podcast to discuss ASIC's recent Report 499 - Financial Advice: fees for no service.

The report provides an update on ASIC's work to address financial institutions' and advisers' systemic failures, over a number of years, to provide ongoing advice services to customers who paid fees to receive those services. The report summarises ASIC's work to ensure customers are fairly compensated. The report is part of ASIC's Wealth Management Project, which is focusing on the conduct of the largest financial advice firms, including the advice arms of AMP, ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac groups.

 

The report is available for download here, while you can read ASIC's media release on the topic here.

 

ASIC's MoneySmart website has updated information on how much financial advice costs and what to expect from a financial adviser. 
 
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Sep 26

In August this year, The Supreme Court of New South Wales found that Macquarie Investment Management Ltd contravened the Corporations Act by failing to comply with its duties as a responsible entity of the van Eyk Blueprint International Shares Fund. The Court made declarations of contravention and ordered that MIML pay a civil pecuniary penalty of $400,000, as well as $200,000 for ASIC's legal costs.


ASIC Commissioner Greg Tanzer joins the podcast to talk about the case and why ASIC considers it such an important outcome.

You can read ASIC's media release on the outcome here

Please note the judge's comments that Greg quotes in the podcast are slightly abridged. The full comments are available via the link at the bottom of the media release.
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Sep 11

ASIC has reviewed the sale of add-on general insurance policies through car dealers and found that the market is failing consumers. ASIC Deputy Chairman Peter Kell joins the podcast to discuss the report.

 

The report can be viewed here.

 

The media release can be viewed here.

 

More information on add-on insurance can be found at ASIC's MoneySmart website.

 

 

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Aug 16

Greg Yanco, Senior Executive Leader, Market Supervision at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, joins the podcast to talk about ASIC's recent review into Australian equity market cleanliness.

The report is available here, and the relevant media release is available here.

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Aug 01

ASIC Commissioner John Price joins the podcast to talk about ASIC's recent report examining the due diligence practices of issuers of securities under an initial public offering (IPO).

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Jul 07

This week, ASIC Commissioner John Price joins the podcast to discuss ASIC's Innovation Hub and how it's helping fintech startups.

You can find out more about ASIC's Innovation Hub by going to the webpage.

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Jun 10
This week, ASIC View welcomes Michael Saadat, Senior Executive Leader, Deposit Takers, Credit and Insurers, and Nathan Boyle, an analyst with ASIC's Indigenous Outreach program to talk about ASIC's Indigenous Outreach Program and the work they are doing to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with financial products and services. They discuss types of financial problems being reported to ASIC's Indigenous Help Line like lost key cards and problems with identification, issues with debt collectors, renting products and appliances, life insurance and debt management. Michael also talks about the work ASIC is doing to help superannuation funds better understand the needs of Indigenous consumers.
 
Find out more about ASIC's Indigenous Outreach Program.
 
ASIC's MoneySmart website has money tips for Indigenous consumers.  
 
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