wealth management

Dec
05

Australian fintech launches alternative fund

Australian fintech and fully licensed marketplace lender, Zagga has launched its Alternative Growth Fund aimed at wholesale investors, including self-managed super funds (SMSFs), which will target net returns of 6.5 per cent per annum. The fund, which would have the minimum investment for wholesale investors of $50,000, was designed to add scale to the Zagga business model which uses a bespoke algorithm to match wholesale investors with borrowers, the firm said. The fund would aim to offer wholesale investors an exposure to a range of loans secured by registered mortgages over real property located across Australia. Also, the fund would be entirely invested in the firm’s approved marketplace lending deals. […]

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Nov
24

Fintech is not a threat: FPA

Financial planners overlooking fintech are missing out on benefits that can ultimately lead to higher client engagement and satisfaction levels, latest research from the Financial Planning Association of Australia shows. Released at the 2017 FPA Professionals Congress in Hobart this morning, the whitepaper maps fintech to the financial planning process and highlights that increased revenue, operational efficiencies and reduced client costs as some of the advantages advisers and planners can gain if they embrace fintech solutions. It maps out the financial planning process in six key steps and pinpoints where new technology can best add value in the process, particularly in the areas of compliance and regulatory requirements. According to […]

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Nov
23

Moneysoft expands team with eight new appointments

Moneysoft has appointed eight new staff in response to growing demand for its suite of personal financial management solutions. This expansion boosts Moneysoft’s frontline account management and client service teams including increased support capability. It follows strong uptake of the company’s core cashflow as a service software and the recent launch of its Round-ups solution. The new appointments are in account management, product development and support, as well as new hires in the sales team. Moneysoft’s Australian team now numbers 18 full time staff. In addition, Moneysoft has increased its offshore capability with nine additional staff in Europe dedicated to mobile application design, development and testing. “Moneysoft has grown rapidly […]

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Nov
16

10 Australian Fintech companies in the 2017 Fintech100

The Fintech100 represents the most innovative companies, creating products and services at the juncture of technology and financial services who are seeking to disrupt the existing processes and products that dominate the marketplace, with fintech companies from 29 countries featuring in this year’s 100. Congratulations to the Australian Fintech companies who made the H2 Ventures KPMG 2017 Fintech100 Top 50: 24. Prospa 37. zipMoney 44. AfterPay Touch   And congratulations to the following Australian Fintech companies who made the Fintech100 Emerging 50: Airwallex Cover Genius Hyper Anna Macrovue MoneyMe Tic:Toc Valiant  

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Nov
15

From football to finance: Why Ted Richards wants to make investing easier

With 261 first-grade AFL games under his belt, former Sydney Swans defender Ted Richards isn’t your average financial guru – but he’s willing to bet that footy is a lot closer to money management than you think. After retiring from professional football at the end of 2016, Richards moved onto his second love of finance, becoming the Director of Business Development at Robo-advice startup Six Park. It sounds like the high-pressure world of being an Aussie rules superstar is the perfect antonym for the often-stuffy industry of finance management, but Richards says in many ways the two are the same. “Finance is a lot like footy in that while the […]

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Myprosperity partners with $6.2bn platform

Myprosperity has partnered with an ASX-listed investment and superannuation platform provider to give clients whole-of-wealth solutions. Clients can now access HUB24 assets via myprosperity. HUB24 director of strategic development Jason Entwistle said by opening up the HUB24 platform and sharing data, it provides advisers and accountants the freedom to choose the technology solutions that provide the best experience for them and their clients. Former Xero Australia managing director and Myprosperity chief executive, Chris Ridd, said centralising clients’ wealth in one place creates massive opportunities for advisers. “By minimising time spent on administrative tasks, and providing their clients a bespoke wealth portal powered by live data feeds, advisers can grow their […]

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Nov
14

SMSFs in rugby legend’s sights as licensing numbers stagnate

In light of the limited take-up of the AFSL regime for accountants, one fintech and robo-advice oriented firm is ramping up its efforts as a referral partner to accountants looking to provide investment advice, including to SMSFs. Stirling Mortlock, Wallabies captain from 2006-2009, moved from a consulting role at NAB to Stockspot in July this year, with a view to boost distribution to professional intermediaries. The ‘Partners Program’ is now in full swing, and the company is eyeing accountants to secure the business of SMSF clients in particular, in light of the accountants’ exemption phase-out and the extremely low take-up of AFSLs among accountants. “We feel as though it’s a […]

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Nov
01

Supplying services to business the new growth area

Australia’s fintech sector is firing on all cylinders. More than 400 fintech companies are jostling for shoulder room in the market right now, and 72 per cent of these companies are supplying services to businesses. The upsurge in fintech companies can be attributed to the speed of business today, which places a greater premium on business readiness. Fintech companies are typically new financial services entrants providing genuine alternatives in areas such as wealth generation, lending, payments, insurance, cyber security and regulatory management. By global comparison, Australians are big fintech adopters. A recent report reveals that we have among the strongest fintech market penetration in the world, ahead of other advanced […]

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