Weekly Wrap: Hot topics this week

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Here's a wrap of this week's hot topics and news you may have missed.

What had you clicking:

Grandfathering benefit arrangements (or lack thereof) have been on the top of planners’ minds this week. We heard from a few industry professionals about just how far the problems could spread:

The far-reaching effects of grandfathering

What had you vocal:

Research commissioned by ISN and carried out by Rice Warner received some harsh criticism this week, with many planners concerned about the proliferation of scaled advice:

Scaled advice to provide pay certainty

Other stories you may have missed this week:


Acadian Asset Management celebrated the fifth year of its defensive alternative fund. Read story.


Beazley grows its Australian footprint with the appointment of a new life, accident and health development manager. Read story.


The BetaShares' Australian ETF Review shows continued growth in the ETF sector, with inflows of $970 million for the first half of the year, despite only one new product launch. Read story.

Acorn Capital has appointed a new portfolio manager/analyst for its Acorn Capital Asia Small Cap Fund. Read story.


An industry super fund for print, media entertainment and art professionals has announced a partnership with the industry funds forum mental health foundation. Read story.

Fidelity Worldwide Investment has launched a new mid-and small-cap Australian equities fund to invest in stocks outside the ASX top 50. Read story.

Software supplier Bravura has launched a new member direct integration service for its superannuation administration systems. Read story.

The State winners of the Association of Financial Adviser’s 2013 Excellence in Education Award have been announced. Read story.


The AFA has enhanced its CPD program by partnering with an organisation that will deliver a new investment and portfolio construction curriculum. Read story.