NAB, ANZ join APL disclosure efforts

Both NAB and ANZ have revealed the number of insurers included on their licensees’ APLs, following similar moves by Westpac, CBA and AMP.

Following ASIC deputy chair Peter Kell’s comments to the parliamentary joint commission on corporations and financial services regarding ASIC’s focus on product recommendations, the two banks have provided ifa with the number of insurers available through their various licensee approved product lists.

Responding to ifa’s questions, ANZ explained that its advisers have four insurers included on their APL, while advisers licensed under their aligned dealer groups have access to nine.

“Advisers are encouraged to provide an insurance product from the list that is in the customer’s best interests,” ANZ’s spokesperson told ifa.

“We have an exception process so advisers can select insurance from providers not on this list if that is the best outcome for the customer.”

NAB told ifa that their licensees have “at least two non-NAB insurance providers” included in their APLs in addition to MLC Life, of which the bank is a minority shareholder.

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This, the NAB spokesperson said, means each licensee has a minimum of three insurance providers on their APL.

“Advisers also have the option to use alternative products that are not on the APL with approval from their licensee,” NAB’s spokesperson said.

The Commonwealth Bank and AMP also disclosed the number of insurers on their APLs to ifa, following BT Financial Group’s revelation that their bank channel adviser APL only includes Westpac Life.

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