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Inquiry into Financial Products and Services in Australia

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On 25 February 2009 the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services resolved to inquire into and report by 23 November 2009 on the issues associated with recent financial product and services provider collapses, such as Storm Financial, Opes Prime and other similar collapses, with particular reference to:

1. the role of financial advisers;

2. the general regulatory environment for these products and services;

3. the role played by commission arrangements relating to product sales and advice, including the potential for conflicts of interest, the need for appropriate disclosure, and remuneration models for financial advisers;

4. the role played by marketing and advertising campaigns;

5. the adequacy of licensing arrangements for those who sold the products and services;

6. the appropriateness of information and advice provided to consumers considering investing in those products and services, and how the interests of consumers can best be served;

7. consumer education and understanding of these financial products and services;

8. the adequacy of professional indemnity insurance arrangements for those who sold the products and services, and the impact on consumers; and

9. the need for any legislative or regulatory change.

On 16 March 2009 the Senate agreed that the following additional matter be referred to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services as part of that committee's inquiry into financial products and services in Australia, adopted by the committee on 25 February 2009 for inquiry and report by 23 November 2009:

The committee will investigate the involvement of the banking and finance industry in providing finance for investors in and through Storm Financial, Opes Prime and other similar businesses, and the practices of banks and other financial institutions in relation to margin lending associated with those businesses.

In conducting its inquiry, the Committee has made a decision to focus specifically on non-superannuation products and services.

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Phone: +61 2 6277 3583
Fax: +61 2 6277 5719
Email: corporations.joint@aph.gov.au

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