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  • Personal Investment Projections

    Providing an analysis of the personal investments market

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  • Risk Insurance Market Projections

    Providing a comprehensive view of the potential development of the risk insurance market in Australia.

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  • Superannuation Market Projections

    Providing insight into Australia's changing superannuation industry and growing retirement savings system.

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  • Superannuation Insights

    Providing valuable insights and strategic analysis including industry level observations and trends every six months.

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Insights

Financial advice remains an under-utilised tool in the member retention battle

Quality, appropriate and engaging financial advice is looming as one of the most crucial and necessary requirements for Australia’s largest superannuation funds.  Once funds have established an efficient advice model, they must do more to communicate the existence of their...

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Financial advice remains an under-utilised tool in the member retention battle

Quality, appropriate and engaging financial advice is looming as one of the most crucial and necessary requirements for Australia’s largest superannuation funds.  Once funds have established an efficient advice model, they must do more to communicate the existence of their...

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The scale game gripping Australia’s group risk insurance market

On the surface, Australia’s wholesale insurance market looks in robust condition.   But new evidence to emerge from the most recent Rice Warner Wholesale Insurance Market Report reveals underlying structural tensions: the biggest insurers getting bigger, operating on decreasing profit margins and...

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In The Media

Big four group risk insurers consolidate market share as profit margins continue slide

Australia’s top four wholesale (group) insurers by annual premium income have increased their combined market share, growing from a collective 67 per cent market share at June 2013 to 73 per cent for the June 2014 period.   This market domination by a small group of insurers is one of several key findings to emerge from the Rice Warner Wholesale Risk Insurance Report, released today.   The report shows that while the big four (TAL, AIA Australia, CommInsure and MetLife) showed improved market share over the period, the profit margins for group insurance continued on a declining longer-term trend.   “In the five years from June 2009 we witnessed a steady decline in profitability for manufacturers in the lump sum insurance category, down from plus 11.9 per cent profitability in 2009, to the minus 11.2 per cent margins recorded for the June 2014 period,” said Head of Insurance at Rice Warner Thierry Bareau.   “The poor profitability experience offsets...

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Newsletter

The Financial System Inquiry - Where next for superannuation funds?

The final report of the Financial System Inquiry (FSI) was released on Sunday 7 December.   The report is critical of the superannuation industry and makes some telling recommendations for change.  The...

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Video/Podcasts

2014 Federal Budget

Michael Rice speaks to 2GB's Ross Greenwood on key points following the 2014 Federal Budget. Click here to listen to the podcast....

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