The latest Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) research has revealed a basic misunderstanding among consumers of what constitutes general financial advice and what constitutes personal financial advice.
Commenting on the corporate regulator’s “Financial advice: Mind the gap” report, ASIC deputy chair Karen Chester said: “This disturbing gap in understanding whether the advice they are getting is personal or not means many consumers are under the false premise their interests are being prioritised, when no such protection exists.”
Results of the study showed 53 per cent of respondents correctly identified general advice and 40 per cent of those surveyed incorrectly believed the adviser had an obligation to take their personal circumstances into account when providing general advice.
The regulator has identified this lack of knowledge regarding the different types of advice as presenting significant risk to consumers as with the continued evolution of financial products.
“ASIC is seeing increased sales of complex financial products under general advice models – so not tailored to personal circumstances – leaving many consumers, especially retirees, exposed to the potential risk of financial loss. And while the financial services royal commission and the government’s response dealt with the most egregious risks of hawking of complex financial products, consumer confusion about what is personal and general advice needs to be addressed,” Chester said.
ASIC said it regards the results of the report as a reinforcement of the Financial System Inquiry findings that found the use of the term general advice is likely to lead to unrealistic consumer expectations about the value and level of protection available to them when seeking financial planning services.
“This consumer research is timely. It comes as the government is considering policy recommendations on financial advice from the Productivity Commission’s twin reports on Australia’s financial and superannuation systems. And at a time when the financial system itself undergoes much change, following the intense scrutiny of the financial services royal commission, including considering new financial advice and distribution business models,” Chester said.
The study was conducted by independent firm Whereto Research and asked participants to identify what type of advice was being provided in hypothetical situations.
March 28, 2019
For more than 20 years, Sam has been a financial planner helping individuals and families achieve their financial planning goals, by providing advice on Investment Planning; Insurance Planning; Tax Planning; Retirement Planning; and Estate Planning. Working with a network of highly skilled professionals in Sydney he is dedicated to providing high-quality advice and integrated wealth management solutions that simplify and enhance the quality of his clients' lives.
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Sam began his financial planning career in 1993 after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in 1991. Since this time he has accumulated many professional qualifications such as:
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George has been awarded a Masters of Commerce (Financial Planning) and a Bachelor of Commerce through University of Western Sydney as well as having the Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning).
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She holds a Master's degree in Applied Finance through Macquarie University, and she is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table.
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