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AFA urges advisers to continue on education path
As the industry spotlight moves on to adviser education, the AFA teams up with Kaplan Professional to release refreshed postgraduate options for advisers, creating a clearer continued education path.
Video transcript below:
Brad Fox, AFA, CEO
Brad Fox: We are celebrating the re-launch of the FchFP, the Fellow of Chartered Financial Practitioner Program, which over the last six months rebuilt with Kaplan Professional. This is a leading edge program, it’s set at a post-graduate level. Put through the toughest level of the courses available to advisors.
Nick Hakes, Head of Campus, AFA
Nick Hakes: The financial advice landscape has changed dramatically over recent years and the number of advice businesses is just simply diverse and there is no cookie cutter approach or a silver bullet when it comes to providing financial advice solutions for clients and there is no cookie cutter approach when it comes to a professional pathway for financial advisors. So what we have built with the FchFP is not really an academic course, it’s more of a business course and the business course captures I guess the balance between technical competence and knowledge and its practical application. We know through our research of working with the leading advice practices around Australia that there is a number of critical success factors that they need. So we have created the FCHFP at a post-graduate level, where we have read through all of the technical content, we have put it through the lens of a practitioner and advisors move through the FCHFP and implement four business projects into their business. So really they are taking academic post graduate thinking and they are implementing it straight into their business.
Brad Fox: We decided Kaplan Professional because around the world most people in Australia don’t realise the size and the depth of quality of Kaplan as an organisation. Here [we are like and] mostly the CBD stuff in advisor land. There is so much more than that.
Nick Hakes: We see education as the next inflection point for our profession and the FCHFP is a program that’s going to enable advisors to enhance their business performance, deliver quality advice outcomes to their clients and really lift the credibility of the financial advice profession in the eyes of the consumer.
Visual estate planning tool increases engagement
On this week’s Wealth Professional TV, Hans Egger, founder and creator of the Astute Wheel explains how new software will help engage clients with the importance of the estate planning process.
'Ride the Wave': SPAA conference takes SMSF sector into 2014
On this week’s Wealth Professional TV, Graeme Colley of SPAA discusses their upcoming National Conference and the year ahead for the SMSF sector.
Estate planning not just for the wealthy
Peter Townsend of Townsends Business and Corporate Lawyers tells Wealth Professional why and how advisers should be helping all their clients with their estate planning.
Best practice will help to keep best advice promise
Dan Powell of Actuate Advice Solutions says that cracking the best practice puzzle will help advisers better fulfil their clients' needs.
FPA Congress looks 'beyond FOFA'
This Thursday and Friday saw the inaugural Financial Planners Association of Australia Congress at Sydney's Convention Centre, bring together delegates from all over the country.
Wealth Professional took the chance to speak with CEO, Mark Rantall, who believes strongly in the importance of events like this.
AQUA II dividing opinion
The Australian Securities Exchange's new AQUA II platform has received a mixed reception from financial institutions. On this week's Wealth Professional TV we speak to Matt Lawler of Yellow Brick Road and Connie McKeage of OneVue for their opinions.
Businesses urged to be vigilant against employee fraud
Concerns were raised last week that many businesses are leaving themselves open to the potential of employees behaving fraudulently, with potentially very costly implications. On this week’s Wealth Professional TV we speak to Leo Tutt of William Buck and Joanna Bird of ASIC for their advice.
DIY investors need not worry advisers
The self-directed market has been attracting increasing concern but should advisers really be worried?
On this week’s Wealth Professional TV we speak to OneVue’s Connie McKeage who believes DIY investors should be seen as holding exciting opportunities instead of as a threat.
White Paper begins tackling underinsurance issue
With the release of it's new White Paper; 'The Value of Protection', the AFA has partnered with BT to first try to understand and then ultimately address negative perceptions of the life insurance claims process. Brad Fox, AFA CEO, believes that this white paper is vital in beginning to rectify Australia's huge underinsurance problem.