Employers need advice more than ever

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All fund members need access to general advice and information to help them improve their life insurance decisions and retirement savings outcomes.

That is the argument that the Corporate Super Specialist Alliance (CSSA) is taking, as it seeks to ensure that employers and fund members can continue to receive the financial services they need in relation to their company super funds.

CSSA President, Douglas Latto said employers and policy committees need to ensure their members receive competitive benefits and features at a competitive price.  

“Fund members need access,” he said. “Corporate super specialists have a long history of providing these very important services and we need to make sure we can continue to deliver them.”

Latto said that once Mysuper starts, employers will need access to low-cost financial advisory services more than ever as they select a default fund for their employees.

The CSSA made submissions to both Treasury and to the former Ministers for Financial Services and Superannuation seeking regulation to enable the ongoing provision of services to employers. No decision was received prior to the Federal election.

“We put forward a solution which we believe is in the best interests of corporate super fund clients and, with a change of Government, we are now urging Treasury and the incoming Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos to consider our recommendations,” Latto said.

He also said that without a regulatory solution, corporate super specialists will have to stop providing their services to employers and corporate super fund members.

“This would have devastating consequences for the funds which now enjoy a range of services at the employer level; at the policy committee/representative body level; at the individual super fund member level and at the collective member level,” he said.

He said a regulatory solution is necessary following the decision to decline the CSSA’s request for a No Action Letter from ASIC.

“Advisers have been placed in a position where it is impossible for them to avoid breaching the conflicted remuneration provisions if they provide services to both employers and employees and this needs to be resolved in the best interests of all fund members,” he said.