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Finalists announced as the 2017 FIA Awards contenders hit the home stretchExcitement is mounting as the financial services brands ‘in the running' for the 2017 FIA Awards hit the home stretch. After a lengthy awards survey process, the finalists in each of 10 awards categories were notified of their achievement on Tuesday, 16 May. To heighten the excitement, this year the names of the awards winners will be kept under lock and key until they are announced on 8 June 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. 17 May 2017 Read More++
FIA National Partners - Joining forces to promote the value of financial advice and intermediated distributionThe Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) hosted an informal cocktail function at the Johannesburg Country club to introduce its 2017 National Partners. 8 May 2017 Read More++
Building on success: The 2017 FIA Awards survey is underwayThe 2016-17 Global Competitiveness Report ranks South Africa 11th out of 138 countries for our financial market development. In a report card that even the toughest parent would be proud of we scooped first place for financing through our local equity markets; second place for financial services' ability to meet business needs; second place for the soundness of our banks; and third place for the regulation of our securities exchanges. What a pity that we forget to celebrate these achievements! 26 Apr 2017 Read More++
Protecting and serving financial intermediaries and consumersThe Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) has issued comprehensive public comments on a range of draft and proposed regulations that will have a significant impact on intermediaries and consumers in the financial services sector. 30 Mar 2017 Read More++
Lizelle van der Merwe appointed as FIA CEOFollowing on from a rigorous selection process the Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Lizelle van der Merwe as its Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 November 2016. 4 Oct 2016 Read More++
Greater scrutiny of self-serving financial advice articles requiredOn 17 September 2016 - part of the Naspers group - published an article by Andró Griessel, a financial adviser, under the title, "Are you financing your broker's overseas trip?" (The article was published in Afrikaans under the title, "Finansier jy dalk jou makelaar se oorsese reis?") 22 Sep 2016 Read More++
Intermediaries honour SA's top financial services brandsThe 2016 FIA Awards gala dinner took place on Thursday, 2 June 2016, at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. More than 1000 individuals from the financial services sector gathered to congratulate the insurance, underwriting and investment brands that provide the best support to the country's financial advisers and insurance brokers. 6 Jun 2016 Read More++
Three days and counting - SA's top financial services brands to be announced ThursdayExcitement is building for the 2016 FIA Awards gala dinner which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, this Thursday, 2 June 2016. The event hall is fully booked and more than 1,000 industry stakeholders will stream into the centre for the evening's proceedings. 31 May 2016 Read More++
Coming soon... The financial services brands that really care about advice, advisers and youSouth Africa has less than a month to wait before the country's best financial services brands are revealed. The annual FIA Awards, scheduled for 2 June 2016, is one of the biggest events on the local financial services calendar. It is a process whereby members of the Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) recognise the financial product suppliers that give them the best overall satisfaction based on product, service and relationship. 16 May 2016 Read More++
Medical schemes brokers not to blame for private healthcare costsSouth Africa's medical schemes brokers play an indispensable role in the distribution of products to consumers and recent comments by the Minister of Health that brokers are "not needed" in the private healthcare sector are misinformed. 23 Mar 2016 Read More++
Pause for thought... Latest regulation might be a step too far for South Africa's financial and insurance advisersSouth Africa's business community is being stifled by over-regulation. Nowhere is this more evident than in the financial services industry where financial advisers and insurance brokers (referred to as advisers in this article) find themselves under a barrage of increased scrutiny by the regulatory authorities. 2 Mar 2016 Read More++
Why is this insurance giant contemplating an SA exit?Over the past few days a story has emerged of a giant global insurance brand rethinking its role in South Africa and Africa. 2 Mar 2016 Read More++
South Africa's risk and financial advisers elect new leadershipMembers of the Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) recently elected Jay Ramsunder as President of the FIA. Jay, who will head the association for a two-year term from 2015 to 2017, takes over the reins from the immediate past-President of the FIA, Arnold van der Linde. Jay vacates the Vice-president position to Peter Olyott. 14 Jul 2015 Read More++
Forum for Assistance Business finds a new home at the Financial Intermediaries AssociationThe Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) has announced a mutual decision to integrate FAB (the Forum for Assistance Business) into the FIA structure. FAB is a not-for-profit organisation representing stakeholders in the funeral insurance sector. 14 Jul 2015 Read More++
Medical schemes brokersTrade association successfully lobbies Department of Health to ensure annual review of medical scheme broker fees 7 Apr 2015 Read More++
Unpacking SA's financial adviser environmentFinancial advisers are ready for changes to commission structures in the life and investment market 7 Apr 2015 Read More++
The Retail Distribution Review (RDR) discussion paper published by the Financial Services Board (FSB) on 7 November 2014 proposes far-reaching reforms to the regulatory framework for distributing retail financial products to local consumers. 22 Jan 2015 Read More++
The Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) welcomes the long-awaited publication of the Financial Services Board's (FSB) Retail Distribution Review (RDR). 10 Nov 2014 Read More++
The 2014 Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) Awards gala dinner took place last night (Thursday, 12 June 2014) at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. 12 Jun 2014 Read More++
The last thing on the minds of the thousand-plus industry stakeholders who will attend the 2014 Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) Awards gala dinner on 12 June is how much planning and effort goes into determining the category winners. 6 Jun 2014 Read More++
Stakeholders in the local financial services industry are looking forward to the 2014 Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) Awards gala dinner, to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 12 June 2014. 5 Jun 2014 Read More++
The Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) is preparing for its participation in the World Federation of Insurance Intermediaries (WFII) 15th World Council and Executive CSE Committee meetings to be held in Sydney, Australia from 15 to 17 March 2014. 20 Feb 2014 Read More++