AFCA 2Q20 retirement standard up 0.8%

ASIC has taken action against several of SMSF auditors after concerns about their failure to meet requirements, including independence and auditing standards, failing to comply with continuing professional development (CPD) requirements and otherwise not being fit and proper persons.

Prime 1H20 revenue stays at $11.1m

Prime Financial Group Ltd has reported unchanged 1H20 revenue on 1H19 at $11.1m while earnings before interest, depreciation and amortisation (EBIDA) was up 15% to $2.4m.

ASIC takes action against SMSF auditors

ASIC has taken action against several of SMSF auditors after concerns about their failure to meet requirements, including independence and auditing standards, failing to comply with continuing professional development (CPD) requirements and otherwise not being fit and proper persons.

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Genworth Mortgage lnsurance Australia Ltd director Gayle Tollifson is retiring on March 15, after eight years on the board.

IOOF 1H20 results signal ‘new era’

Financial Services company IOOF Holdings Ltd has reported a 5.2% rise for 1H20 in funds under management, advice and administration (FUMA) on 1H19, while 1H20 statutory net profit after tax was down 15% to $115m.

Freedom readies for wind-up

Shareholders of direct insurer Freedom Insurance Group Ltd have been asked to approve $220,000 in remuneration to liquidators Joseph Hayes and Andrew McCabe of Wexted Advisors at an extraordinary general meeting on February 21 to wind up the company.

PSI buys HSEQ assets, stake in software business

PSC Insuranece Group Pty Ltd (PSI) has bought Perth-based health, safety, environment and quality (HSEQ) consultancy Ultimate Safety Solutions Australia’s (USSA) business assets and a 75% interest in the owner of SafeX software, Eden Software Pty Ltd’s (Eden), for $698,000. PSI said in an ASX statement that, in addition to its HSEQ consultancy services, USSA…

Climate-related risks, the new normal: QBE

Climate change risk is the “new normal”, Group CEO Pat Regan says in QBE’s annual report, released today with its FY19 results showing 4.2% drop in net profit after tax on FY18, to $US622m ($A924.6m).

IAG lowers margin guidance

IAG has increased its FY20 natural peril claims costs assumptions to $850m – up from $715m – and lowered its margin guidance to 12.5-14.5%.

Suncorp urges action on climate change

After seven natural catastrophes across Australia and NZ in 1H20 and three subsequent Australian events in January, Suncorp group CEO Steve Johnson has urged governments, communities and the industry to work together to tackle climate change effects.

AMP sheds 47% of profit

AMP Ltd has reported a 46.6% slump in underlying FY19 profit on FY18, to $485m, which it said reflected a “challenging environment in Australian wealth management, offset by strong earnings in AMP Capital and resilient AMP Bank performance.