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“Why Does Money Matter?” FSC launches school video competition

9 Jun 21 - The Financial Services Council has today launched an exciting new competition for New Zealand school students.

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New research reveals over three quarters of young NZers worry about money

1 Jun 21 - The latest Financial Resilience Index released by the Financial Services Council (FSC) today shows that 12 months on, Covid-19 continues to affect our wellbeing – and that of younger New Zealanders in particular.

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Rediscovering the Joy of Money: Interview with Kate McCallum and Julia Newbould

19 Feb 21 - Women - both here in New Zealand and around the world - face greater obstacles when it comes to achieving financial independence than men. They also have different approaches to money, something that joint authors of The Joy of Money: The Australian Women’s Guide to Financial Independence, Kate McCallum and Julia Newbould, have acknowledged.   Between the two of them they have a wealth of experience in the Australian finance industry. Julia is a financial writer and commentator who's currently editor-at-large at Money Magazine. Kate is a financial adviser and director of award-winning firm Multiforte Financial Services.  

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Unlocking the potential of New Zealand's financial front line

10 Feb 21 - New research from the Financial Services Council (FSC), “Unlocking the Potential of Professional Financial Advice,” has shown that the sector has remained resilient despite the challenges of Covid-19 and regulatory change and continues to provide ongoing value to Kiwis. FSC CEO Richard Klipin said that last year the FSC conducted research that asked Kiwis for their views of the sector.

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Learn a new language this year – the language of money

1 Jan 21 - Richard Klipin, CEO, Financial Services Council Originally published on nzherald.co.nz

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Family and finance this festive season and why you should talk to your nanna

24 Dec 20 - Richard Klipin, CEO, Financial Services Council Originally published on nzherald.co.nz

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Cooking the Books podcast: How can you prepare for the next financial emergency?

23 Dec 20 - The FSC's CEO Richard Klipin talked to Frances Cook on the Cooking the Books podcast about how we can best prepare ourselves for future financial emergencies - and revealed some surprising information about how Kiwis coped financially with Covid-19. 

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Generations 2020 On Demand - Sessions from the Digital Conference

16 Dec 20 - The 2020 theme, Generations, reflected not only the responsibility that the financial services sector has to support our different generations to save, invest and retire well, but will also challenge each and every one of us to be better. Better custodians for future Generations, better at supporting our teams and our customers balance their wellbeing and better at creating a sustainable future. The 2020 conference was fully digital, over three days, with breakfast, main plenary and sundowner sessions. With 120+ speakers and over 35 sessions, the Generations Digital Conference 2020 saw 1550 live attendees. View all speakers here, watch the conference wrap below or read the wrap document. Generations 2020 On Demand provides you access to all the content over the three days of the Generations 2020 Digital Conference. Simply click on the relevant main plenary, political, keynote or specialist stream to access the available videos via You Tube. The full programme is also available.

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Financially challenged: Latest Money & You research released

2 Dec 20 - Financially challenged: Why we need advice more than ever before and why we’re not getting it New research has revealed that despite a booming property market forcing many of us to take on record levels of debt, making financial advice more important than ever before, most New Zealanders are missing out on the benefits of it.

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Health Funds Association and FSC merged on 1 December 2020

1 Dec 20 - Health Funds Association of New Zealand (HFANZ) and the Financial Services Council (FSC) today announced a merger into one single organisation under the Financial Services Council banner from 1 December 2020, creating a membership association of close to 90 organisations.

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FSC enjoys a solid year of growth despite challenges

28 Oct 20 - The Financial Services Council (FSC) has seen a solid year of member growth and increased revenues, the organisation announced at its 2020 Annual General Meeting today. In a year of two halves, members of the Financial Services Council have worked together to support consumers through COVID-19 and the development of the financial sector in New Zealand.

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Financial Resilience Index August: Tracking wellbeing and money

15 Oct 20 - The Financial Resilience Index is a tracking survey of New Zealanders’ views on five key financial resilience indicators carried out by CoreData. The first rounds of the Index looked at how these views changed from March 2020 to April 2020 and this third and final round was collected between 6-7 August 2020. A total of 1,000 valid complete responses were collected in the August round. The sample is representative of the New Zealand consumer population in terms of age, gender and income based on the latest Stats NZ data.

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FSC Generations Conference Launches Digital Platform For 2020

17 Sep 20 - The FSC has announced the launch of the first ever, digital version of its flagship, industry leading Generations Conference on October 13, 14 & 15. The decision was made to move to a digital format due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

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Covid-19: FSC News, Updates and Connect Webinars

12 Aug 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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Money & You - Financial Advice? The $1.5 Million Question

11 Aug 20 - New research commissioned by the Financial Services Council has found that New Zealanders’ reluctance to seek financial advice is coming at a significant financial and personal cost. The second in a three part research series looking at New Zealanders’ relationship with money, ‘Money and You – Literacy, Insight & Advice’ surveyed 2000 Kiwis to understand why New Zealanders don’t seek help with their finances and to unlock the myths about what good support means and how it reduces financial stress.

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It’s not about the money – Kiwis’ tricky relationship with their finances

16 Jun 20 - It’s not about the money – Kiwis’ tricky relationship with their finances revealed New research commissioned by the Financial Services Council provides a unique look at New Zealanders’ relationship with money and how it affects their decisions and wellbeing. The first in a three part research series, the research, surveyed 2000 Kiwis to get a comprehensive understanding of how New Zealanders feel about money, their level of knowledge about it, and how it impacts key areas of their lives.

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Financial Resilience Index: Tracking wellbeing and money worries

25 May 20 - COVID-19 delivers unprecedented hit to Kiwis’ financial resilience The first survey in a major new series commissioned by the Financial Services Council has revealed that COVID-19 has delivered an unprecedented hit to New Zealanders’ financial resilience and wellbeing. The Financial Resilience Index tracks how Kiwis feel on five key financial indicators from March 2020 onwards and provides a unique perspective on how we feel and think about financial issues over this unprecedented time.

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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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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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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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Start your Insuretech project now

18 Nov 16 - Fintech has been one of the hottest segments in tech for a long time – because of the money. Goodreturns.co.nz.

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ANZ: OnePath options

14 Nov 16 - ANZ says advisers should not be affected as it looks at options for the New Zealand OnePath business in the new year. Goodreturns.co.nz.

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NZ: Fraud Film Festival

14 Nov 16 - On Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November, the inaugural New Zealand International Fraud Film Festival (NZIFFF) will be held at Auckland's Q Theatre, coinciding with International Fraud Awareness Week.

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Lloyd's urges EQC move

9 Nov 16 - Lloyd's of London urges the Government to remove some uncertainties from the NZ insurance market by getting on with the EQC Act review and making data breach reporting mandatory. Interest.co.nz.

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FSC 2016 Annual Report published

28 Sep 16 - The Financial Services Council has published its 2016 annual report. Major activities include Contributing to the Government’s five-year review of the Financial Advisers Act 2008 and the Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act 2008 and explorintg integration with Workplace Savings New Zealand.

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How long could you survive without an income?

24 Aug 16 - FSC - How long could you survive without an income? Most people wouldn’t dream of not insuring their house and contents or car. So why should your income be any different?

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Most people's income is their biggest asset but too few insure it

12 Jun 16 - Stuff.co.nz - During their working lives, over a quarter of all New Zealanders will suffer a temporary disability resulting in them not being able to work for six months, according to Chatswood Consulting. It's a grim statistic but one we all need to consider. What would life be like for you if you couldn't earn an income?

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Get Sorted: Is insurance a gamble?

23 May 16 - NZ Herald - Decidedly not. But the other week I met someone who likened buying insurance to putting money down on a game of chance. Risk, according to him, was just the odds we're running that something bad will happen. You're betting against the insurance company.

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No room for complacency on digital disruption

21 May 16 - Good Returns - Fund managers and financial advice firms that think they can rely on clients’ desire for human interaction to insulate them from digital disruption may be in for a shock, a new report says.

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New Zealand's life insurance industry is dying

15 May 16 - Stuff.co.nz - New Zealand's life insurance market is stagnating and its primary market - parents with children who own homes with a mortgage - is shrinking, research has revealed.

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How much life insurance is enough?

15 May 16 - Interest.co.nz - Janine Starks explores the upsides and downsides of risk management and insuring for the what if scenarios.

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Get Sorted: Dropping D-words

15 May 16 - NZ Herald - What goes up, must pay out. Just last week a friend was impressed how, after hopping onto the KiwiSaver bandwagon back when it started in 2007, he is now seeing his balance edge past $70,000. With many more years of contributing ahead, he and his family are on track to accumulate more than a modest bit of dosh for their future.

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Life insurance not high on Kiwi to-do list

15 May 16 - NZ Adviser - New research shows Kiwis put house, health, contents and car insurance ahead of protecting their life.

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If you are taking financial risks, you should have a safety net ready

8 May 16 - Stuff.co.nz - Life is not meant to be boring. It is for living to the full, making the most of opportunities and taking a few risks along the way. Of course, risk is not for everybody, but it's hard to avoid it completely. Risk takers are people who:

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Car insurance payments to rise as fire levy added

1 May 16 - Radio NZ - Drivers with third party motor vehicle insurance will have to pay a fire services levy from July 2018.

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Better disclosure needed - but how?

1 May 16 - Good Returns - Financial service providers agree standardised disclosure documents would help the advice industry– but what they should say and what they might look like is still a matter for debate.

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Warning for tenants: contents insurance an absolute must

1 May 16 - NZ Herald - It should cost tenants only a few hundred dollars annually but it could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars if you ruin your rented accommodation or the neighbour's.

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How tech is going to change insurance

1 May 16 - Stuff.co.nz - The insurance industry is not immune from digital and mechanical innovation, writes Rob Stock.

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NZ Super fund and Milford cut ties

25 Apr 16 - Good Returns - The Guardians and Milford have mutually agreed to part ways a year after the company was suspended as a manager.

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FAA submitters agree change needed

25 Apr 16 - Good Returns - A package of reforms that distinguishes sales from advice, introduces ethical and competence obligations across all types of advisers and introduces uniform disclosure requirements has had the thumbs-up from advisers and insurers.

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The pros and cons of adding an insurance combo to your KiwiSaver

24 Apr 16 - Interest.co.nz - A look at the AMP KiwiSaver scheme that attempts to fend off circling sharks with an exclusive bundled insurance offering.

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Kiwis need options to make their money last as long as they do

16 Apr 16 - Stuff.co.nz - Opinion - Congratulations you've made it to age 65. Retirement beckons and freedom is at your fingertips. You've applied for the government superannuation and fluffed the feathers around your nest egg. Now what?

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Reserve Bank turns focus on insurance industry

12 Apr 16 - NZ Adviser - The Reserve Bank announced it is planning a review of the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act (IPSA).

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Five-minute guide to life and critical illness cover

9 Apr 16 - Sunday Express - UK - Too many parents are leaving their loved ones in financial danger by failing to take out valuable cover against serious illness or death.

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KiwiSaver add-on aims to fill insurance gap

9 Apr 16 - NZ Herald - Diana Clement - What to do about the problem of uninsured Kiwis? Every day at least one New Zealander finds him or herself unable to work because of illness and with no way to pay the rent, mortgage, or other bills. Or they die, leaving loved ones in the financial proverbial.

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How safe are your deposits if a bank fails?

8 Apr 16 - The Press - Geof Mortlock - We live in a volatile financial world. The global financial crisis reminded us of that when many banks in Europe and the United States became financially distressed or failed.

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