Tag: Superannuation Funds

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AUSTRALIA: ASIC gears up enforcement activity
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Australian Regulatory Update – 28 November 2022
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Australia: Regulatory update – 24 October 2022
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Australia: Regulatory update – 10 October 2022
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JAPAN: Proposed Code of Conduct for ESG Evaluation and Data Providers Presents Significant Implications for Asset Management and Investor Communities

AUSTRALIA: ASIC gears up enforcement activity

By Jim Bulling and Anabelle Weinberg

1. ASIC takes further action on greenwashing

ASIC has issued three infringement notices to investment manager Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd (Vanguard) in further action against alleged greenwashing.

ASIC was concerned that Product Disclosure Statements for the Vanguard International Shares Select Exclusions Index Funds may have misled the public by overstating an investment screen which claimed to prevent investment in companies involved in significant tobacco sales. 

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Australian Regulatory Update – 28 November 2022

By Jim Bulling and Anabelle Weinberg

1. New requirements for Australian Superannuation Funds in relation to unlisted assets

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has revoked Prudential Standard SPS 530 Investment Governance and issued a new version which will commence on 1 January 2023.

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Australia: Regulatory update – 24 October 2022

By Jim Bulling and Hugo Chow

ASIC’s crackdown on product disclosures continues

To date, ASIC has issued 11 design and distribution obligations stop orders, with the first stop orders being issued in July this year.

The latest interim stop order prevent a fund management firm (the Firm) from offering or distributing three funds (the Funds) to retail investors due to the Firm not having compliant target market determinations (TMDs).

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Australia: Regulatory update – 10 October 2022

By Jim Bulling and Hugo Chow

ASIC sues Latitude Finance Australia and Harvey Norman Holdings for allegedly misleading interest free advertising

ASIC is suing Latitude Finance Australia (Latitude) and Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd (Harvey Norman) over the promotion of interest-free payment methods.

ASIC alleges that advertisements which included “no deposit”, “interest free” payment options over specified terms for purchases at Harvey Norman were misleading as they did not disclose that consumers could only use these payment options if they applied for and used a Latitude GO Mastercard, and that Harvey Norman misrepresented the actual costs of these payment options as they did not adequately disclose the establishment fees and monthly account fees.

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JAPAN: Proposed Code of Conduct for ESG Evaluation and Data Providers Presents Significant Implications for Asset Management and Investor Communities

By Yuki Sako

On 12 July 2022, as widely anticipated, the Financial Services Agency of Japan (“FSA”) proposed “the Code of Conduct for ESG Evaluation and Data Providers” (“Proposed Code”), and is soliciting comments from the public until 5 September 2022.

The stated focus of the Proposed Code is to provide a set of principles and guidelines for ESG evaluation and data providers (“Provider(s)”) that would require Providers who decide to endorse such code to “comply or explain” such code, i.e., a Provider would be required to comply with, or provide an explanation as to why the Provider is departing from, such code.

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