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SelfWealth awarded Software Innovation Award at Australian Business Awards

SelfWealth awarded Software Innovation Award at Australian Business Awards

SelfWealth, winners of Software Innovation at the Australian Business Awards second year running. SelfWealth Ltd has been recognised as an ABA100 Winner in The Australian Business Awards 2017 for Software Innovation. The Awards, now in their twelfth year, are an annual all-encompassing awards program which recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement via a set of comprehensive award categories.

BGL joins forces with trading platform

BGL joins forces with trading platform

Software provider BGL Corporate Solutions has integrated with an investor trading platform which will provide BGL users with access to the platform and portfolio construction tools. BGL managing director Ron Lesh says the integration with SelfWealth will provide accountants with access to the SelfWealth trading platform, portfolio construction tools and stock research through Thomson Reuters. Accountants will also be able to extend these services to their clients.

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"Time is money", counselled Benjamin Franklin in his essay Advice to a Young Tradesman, published in 1748. Franklin, who died in 1790, bequeathed the princely sum of £1000 to the cities of Philadelphia and Boston. The first vesting occurred 100 years later, and the trust had to be closed after 200 years. Once you’ve read Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys, however, strategies lasting two centuries seem ridiculous. Flash Boys, published in 2014, plots the rise of trading algorithms, front-running and dark pools, with decisions measured in thousandths of a second.

Investing in Self-Managed Super

Investing in Self-Managed Super

Accountants have long provided both accounting expertise and investment advice to Self Managed Super Funds, but that era will come to an end on June 30, 2018. That’s when the “accountant’s exemption” to the 2016 financial advice licensing reforms expires. From then on, it will be illegal for accountants to advise their clients on investment decisions unless they hold a licence in their own right. As a result, accountants are now grappling with how to retain the business of setting up, structuring and maintaining their clients’ SMSFs while not saying anything that looks, sounds or smells like advice. Andrew Ward, managing director of online platform SelfWealth, believes his “social network for investors and trading solution” solves the problem.

Transparent knowledge: The key to wealth

Transparent knowledge: The key to wealth

Humans tend to overcomplicate things. Like investment. Growing your money is pretty simple, as Vanguard founder Jack Bogle famously demonstrated in the 1970s: if you want to earn yourself a decent return, invest in a fund that reflects the market as a whole over a long period of time. Now we take for granted that a diversified portfolio will outperform most managed funds. Unfortunately, many people still think of investment as too complex.

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