Investment Professionals

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Regulations on asset managers and financial advisers have increased in number and scope over the past 10 years. Much of which has been for the better. New Design and Distribution Obligations (DDO) which came into effect on 5 October 2021 will change how many types of financial products, including ETFs, can be sold. Under the regulations, ETF Securities is both a product issuer (a company that builds funds) and a distributor (a company that sells funds). We understand our obligations under the new regulations. Which include the below. What is DDO? Put simply, it tries to make sure that fund managers are creating funds that are “fit for purpose” and built with investors’ interests in mind. It also tries to ensure that companies selling or recommending funds – including financial advisers, stockbrokers and wrap platforms – are accurately presenting them to investors. DDO covers many types of financial products—not just funds. It also covers credit cards, insurance, some superannuation, home loans—and more. It was brought into being thanks to both the 2014 Financial System Inquiry and the Hayne Royal Commission. Both found that some financial products had been badly built and sold. ...
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The current COVID-19 concerns have rattled markets, with advisers fielding calls from concerned clients. In some cases, advisers may choose to add tilts or hedges for their clients’ investments, while for others, it will be better to stay the course. There are a range of ways to manage market volatility in a portfolio, some universally valuable, others dependent on the individual clients. In this paper, we’ve highlighted some of the most common. Download now In your discussions with clients, these principles can be a helpful starting point in reinforcing your approach and providing comfort in uncertain times. 1. Diversification ...