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Coronavirus: FSC guidance and top tips for managing finances

16 Mar 20 - The Financial Services Council has issued advice on both KiwiSaver/Investments and Life Insurance as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to escalate.

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Latest Research - Gambling on Life: The Problem of Underinsurance

23 Jan 20 - New research commissioned by the Financial Services Council (FSC) has revealed the high number of New Zealanders that are underinsured when it comes to their lives, their incomes or suffering a major illness.

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Moments of Truth – the role of life insurance in Kiwis lives revealed

12 Sep 19 - New research commissioned by the Financial Services Council (FSC) has revealed New Zealanders views of life insurance and the vital role it plays in their lives.    Moments of Truth takes a deep-dive look at exactly what Kiwis think of the sector, their experiences of it, and how they engage with life insurance products. The research is the second in a series on life insurance following the release of the Risking Everything report by the FSC earlier in the year.   

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2019 Conference Programme Released - Towards Wellbeing

15 Aug 19 - With a month to go until the Financial Services Council’s (FSC) flagship conference and key event for the financial services industry, the 2019 Towards Wellbeing programme launched today.

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Kiwis gamble on financial risk: New research launched into risk

11 Jun 19 - New research commissioned by the Financial Services Council (FSC) has revealed many New Zealanders are taking a high stakes gamble on managing risk. The research ‘Risking Everything’ carried out by Horizon Research looked at New Zealanders attitudes to financial risk and how they protect their wealth should the worst happen.

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Workplace Savings NZ merges with the Financial Services Council

15 May 19 - Workplace Savings NZ and the Financial Services Council today announced a merger into one single organisation under the Financial Services Council banner from 1 July 2019, creating a membership association of close to 80 organisations.

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Risking Everything - An insight into how New Zealanders manage risk

14 May 19 - Risking Everything: Join us for the launch of our latest research You are invited to join us on Tuesday 11th June 2019 from 7.30am in Auckland for the launch of Risking Everything, the latest research undertaken with over 2000 New Zealanders by Horizon on behalf of the Financial Services Council. It delves into how New Zealanders think about risk, how they think about mitigating it and how they manage the potential impacts.

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2019 FSC and WSNZ Annual Conference Launched

12 Feb 19 - The 2019 Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ annual conference has been launched today as Super Earlybird tickets go on sale for one of the industry’s flagship events.

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Financial Services Council - Industry acting on culture and conduct report

29 Jan 19 - The Financial Services Council welcomed the release of the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) report on Life Insurer Conduct and Culture today and will work with its members in the sector to act on its recommendations.

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Financial Services Council goes from strength to strength

4 Dec 18 - The Financial Services Council (FSC) held its 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) last week and reported strong growth across its activities.

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Financial Services Council Members are listening

30 Nov 18 - The New Zealand financial services sector is undergoing significant regulatory, technology and market change. This includes a significant focus on conduct and culture as well as a number of thematic reviews and today the Financial Services Council (FSC) welcomed the ongoing response by its members.

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Culture and Conduct Report into Retail Banks an important step

5 Nov 18 - The Financial Services Council (FSC) has welcomed the release of the culture and conduct report into retail banks by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and Reserve Bank New Zealand (RBNZ) as an important step forward for the financial services industry.

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Videos from Shaping Futures 2018 Launched on YouTube

20 Sep 18 - The Financial Services Council has published videos of the 2018 Shaping Futures National Conference on YouTube. Catch-up on the Regulator sessions and big issues panel discussions, and watch Jazz Thornton from The Voices of Hope Charity deliver an inspirational closing session.

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Financial Services Council launches new Code of Conduct

5 Sep 18 - On the eve of its national conference, the Financial Services Council (FSC) has launched a new set of standards and guidance for its members, the FSC Code of Conduct. Developed over two years by FSC members, the Code of Conduct is designed to build the professionalism of the industry by reinforcing the need for good conduct and a strong consumer-focussed culture. As a living code, FSC members will work to develop best practice and guidance for the Code’s nine standards, which fall into three core objectives covering ethical, communication and consumer outcomes. It will come into force on 1 January 2019.

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Keep up-to-date and 5 Fast Facts

30 Aug 18 - Check-us out on twitter @FSC__NZ to keep up-to-date during and after conference, and read our Five Fast Facts about Shaping Futures 2018. Registration closes on 31 August at shapingfutures.co.nz, and there are just a few spaces left.

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New for 2018: Pre-reading for the Conference Workstreams

23 Aug 18 - It’s always great when we get healthy debates at the conference, so, new for 2018, please find links to insight, providing national and global perspectives for each of the three Workstreams at Shaping Futures.

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Only 25 spaces left for the Shaping Futures National Conference! New for 2018 - check out Tech Alley

17 Aug 18 - This year we are launching Tech Alley at the Shaping Futures National Conference. This initiative will showcase the best of NZ FinTech, InsurTech, EduTech and RegTech. Some will be pitching their products at a new ‘Pitch Perfect’ Breakfast Masterclass on Thursday 6 September, with the winner taking to the main platform for a 10-minute spotlight session later in the day. ​​​​​​​You can register to attend this breakfast by clicking here. This is included as part of your conference ticket. Proudly sponsored by Minter Ellison Rudd Watts 

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Voices of Hope: Shaping Futures National Conference Charity Partner, 2018

14 Aug 18 - With less than a month to go until the industry National Conference this year, Shaping Futures, on 6/7th September 2018, the Financial Services Council (FSC) and Workplace Savings NZ (WSNZ) are proud to support Voices of Hope as the charity partner for the event. The charity was founded in 2014 by Genevieve Mora and Jazz Thornton, both being mental illness survivors. The aim is to provide hope for those struggling with mental health issues by promoting mental well-being, empowerment and recovery. Voices of Hope are running four key campaigns, #EATINGDISORDERS, #CHOOSETOFIGHT, #ITSNOTWEAKTOSPEAK and #ICHOOSEHOPE. There are a wealth of resources, stories and videos to help those concerned about mental health for themselves or those around them at thevoicesofhope.org. We will be fundraising for the charity throughout the conference, or you can donate now at givealittle.co.nz/org/voices-of-hope. For more information about Voices of Hope see thevoicesofhope.org and the conference at shapingfutures.co.nz.

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Don't miss out on the professional development event of the year! 34 days to go.

2 Aug 18 - Join us next month for the Financial Services event of the year! One conference across two days, with over 60 speakers, this event is not to be missed! The Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ are co-hosting this annual conference. Shaping Futures conference 6-7 September 2018 Pullman Hotel, Auckland Only 5 weeks to go , so register today! For programme details and to register visit the Shaping Futures website www.shapingfutures.co.nz

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Entries are now open for the Financial Services Council Awards and the Workplace Savings NZ awards!

25 Jun 18 - Celebrating good consumer outcomes and industry conduct, the annual Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ awards showcase excellence in the financial services industry, aiming to inspire innovation and change. The Financial Services Council awards celebrate individuals who are truly making a difference for the financial services industry and the broader NZ community: Rising Star Award Innovation Award Shaping the Future Award Diversity Award The Workplace Savings NZ awards showcase communications that are driving better consumer outcomes.  Product Disclosure (PDS) of the Year Award Most Innovative Communication Award Best Overall KiwiSaver Member Experience Award Excellence in Communication Award Join us at the Gala Dinner to recognise those who are leaders in our changing industry, and to learn how we can all make a difference. For more information and to enter/nominate visit www.shapingfutures.co.nz 

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Advice at the Crossroads breakfast event - Tuesday, 26 June 2018

21 Jun 18 - Financial Services Council (FSC) is proud to present their upcoming breakfast event, Advice at the Crossroads on Tuesday, 26 June 2018. A few tickets remain.Book now to secure a place.

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Book Now! Early bird registration for Shaping Futures conference closes 30 June 2018

21 Jun 18 - Just over a week until the Shaping Futures conference earlybird specials expire on 30 June 2018, Book now and save. Avoid disappointment and book your tickets today!

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NZ economy, financial system remain sound

2 Oct 17 - Insurance Business NZ: New Zealand’s economy and financial system remain on a sound footing, despite continuing challenges in the global environment, according to the Reserve Bank’s latest annual report.

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Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Insurance Industry Update September 2017

2 Oct 17 - Reserve Bank of New Zealand: It has been a few months since our last update in May 2017 and work has progressed on a number of key projects and initiatives around the business-as-usual supervisory framework.

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Navigating Change conference an outstanding success!

12 Sep 17 - The joint Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ, Navigating Change conference was a sell-out success.

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Navigating Change conference ONLY 20 SPACES LEFT - BOOK NOW!

7 Aug 17 - Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ are pleased to announce that their joint inaugural national conference is selling out quickly... LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE, SO DON'T DELAY Navigating Change Conference 7-8 September 2017 Hilton Hotel Auckland For booking and more information visit the conference website www.navigatingchange.co.nz

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Financial Services - Event of the Year

7 Aug 17 - Financial Services Council - Media Release: The Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ are delighted to announce a growing list of sponsors for the inaugural Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ national conference – ‘Navigating Change’ on 7 and 8 September 2017 at the Hilton Hotel, Auckland.

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Celebrating success in the financial services industry, we're excited to bring you the industry awards.

21 Jul 17 - Navigating Change Conference 7-8 September 2017 Hilton Hotel Auckland Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ are proud to celebrate success in the financial services industry. In our joint and inaugural national conference, we're excited to bring you the industry awards. This is a great opportunity to celebrate and showcase excellence and give us all a chance to celebrate success, learn from our peers and find ways to deliver great consumer outcomes within the financial services industry. Nominations open for Financial Services Council members and Workplace Savings NZ members. For more information and to submit an award nomination www.navigatingchange.co.nz

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Navigating Change conference ONLY 30 SPACES LEFT - BOOK NOW!

21 Jul 17 - Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ are pleased to announce that their joint inaugural national conference is selling out quickly... LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE, SO DON'T DELAY Navigating Change Conference 7-8 September 2017 Hilton Hotel Auckland For booking and more information visit the conference website www.navigatingchange.co.nz

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Get Sorted: The risks we run in our working lives

11 Jul 17 - NZ Herald: Don't you just love it in the movies when some fearless, flinty-faced hero (or perhaps one with a cape and a mask) grunts that there are "worse things than dying"? It's typically the all-or-nothing moment as we head towards a white-knuckle finale.

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FMA seeks feedback on robo-advice exemption

10 Jul 17 - Financial Markets Authority: The FMA is seeking feedback on its proposals to allow entities to provide personalised financial advice generated by a computer programme or algorithm (robo-advice). This would be a temporary measure before new legislation is passed by Parliament.

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Government response to review of retirement income policies

15 Jun 17 - New Zealand Government: The Government has today released its response to the Retirement Commissioner’s review on retirement income policies, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean says.

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Financial Services Council Awards 2017 open now

15 Jun 17 - Financial Services Council: Celebrating success in the financial services industry, we're excited to bring you the industry awards. This is a great opportunity to celebrate and showcase excellence and give us all a chance to celebrate success, learn from our peers and find ways to deliver great consumer outcomes within the financial services industry.

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Financial Services Council June 2017 newsletter

15 Jun 17 - The latest Financial Services Council June 2017 newsletter. 

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Book Now! Early bird registration for Navigating Change conference closes 30 June 2017

9 Jun 17 - Early bird registrations close on 30 June 2017 for the inaugural Financial Services Council and Workplace Savings NZ national conference. Navigating Change  7– 8 September 2017 Hilton Hotel, Auckland

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AIA appoints new boss

9 Jun 17 - Good Returns:  The company has today announced its new executive general manager to replace Natalie Cameron who returned to Australia earlier this year.​​​​​​​

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AIA Joins the Financial Services Council

9 Jun 17 - FSC Media Release: The Financial Services Council announced today that AIA has joined the association, bringing the total number of members to 16 members and 14 Associate members. Financial Services Council Chief Executive Richard Klipin said, ‘We are pleased to welcome back AIA to the Financial Services Council. The Industry is going through rapid change and AIA is an important part of the New Zealand Life insurance landscape.’

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Rebecca Sellers says conduct by insurers is effectively unregulated and the IMF is calling for some protection for consumers, at least up to Australian levels

17 May 17 - Interest.co.nz: Conduct of business by insurers is in the spotlight. The International Monetary Fund assessment of New Zealand’s financial sector (IMF Report) identified gaps in the regulation of insurance.

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RBNZ: Insurance Industry Update May 2017

11 May 17 - Reserve Bank of New Zealand: The purpose of the Insurance Industry Update is to keep licensed insurers informed of current initiatives and to provide clarification on licensing, supervision, compliance requirements and related matters. The update is prepared by the Reserve Bank’s Insurance Oversight Team. It is not policy or legal advice in itself and should not be interpreted in isolation.

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Diana Clement: More to income protection than just ACC

11 May 17 - New Zealand Herald: Worth seeking advice from financial adviser who specialises in insurance.

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FMA: IMF NZ FSAP Assessment 2017

11 May 17 - Financial Markets Authority: IMF NZ FSAP Assessment 2017. The FMA today welcomes the publication of the International Monetary Fund’s Financial System Stability Assessment (FSSA) for New Zealand.

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Willis Towers Watson creeps towards funds management model

1 May 17 - InvestmentNewsNZ: Willis Towers Watson is morphing into a fund manager, just as its main global competitors have done. And it is going to try to do it as a seamless offering in a spectrum of services for big super fund clients. Good luck with that.

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AMP Capital wins new money from Cigna Life

1 May 17 - InvestmentNewsNZ: Cigna Life Insurance NZ has handed AMP Capital a local fixed income mandate of more than $100 million.

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Recommended by Re-imagining insurance

1 May 17 - Stuff.co.nz: Sovereign chief executive Nick Stanhope has just celebrated his first anniversary in the job. It's his first role at the top of an organisation but he says he is loving the challenge of trying to innovate an industry selling something most of us hope never to need.

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Want to live til you're 90? Better live like a life insurer

24 Apr 17 - Stuff: The life and health insurance industry used to be an unhealthy industry to work in. Long hours, a drinking culture, and socialising with insurance advisers took its toll on the waistlines and fitness of the male-dominated industry.

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Ballantyne: Advice businesses should be more businesslike

21 Apr 17 - Goodreturns: Insurance advisers should take some tips from other industries when it comes to investing in their own practices, Partners Life's managing director says.

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IPSA Review – Issues paper

21 Apr 17 - Melville Jessup Weaver: The Reserve Bank has releasedd an issues paper for the review of the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010 in light of the experience of insurers (and other stakeholders). 

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Youi beats IAG as ‘worst transnational’ in NZ

12 Apr 17 - Insurance Business: South African insurer Youi has been recognised as the “worst transnational corporation operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand” in 2016; while last year’s winner IAG/State Insurance scooped second place, Pacific Media Centre reported.

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ANZ keen to keep KiwiSaver business

10 Apr 17 - Interest.co.nz: When the ANZ Banking Group gets around to "considering" the future of its New Zealand wealth unit, one thing it won't be doing is selling its KiwiSaver business, CEO Shayne Elliott says.

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Insurer IAG buys 'telematics' company

7 Apr 17 - Stuff.co.nz: Insurer IAG has bought a company specialising in vehicle "telematics", but it may be some time before the technology is offered outside of the commercial arena.

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