University adviser course finalised, and more daily news

Massey University and Kaplan Professional’s Certificate in Business Studies (Financial Services pathway) adviser course is now ready. Massey University worked with Kaplan Professional to create a course that’ll help new advisers and existing advisers. Dr. Jeff Stangl, international and strategic partnerships director at Massey Business School has said that the 18 months spent on the development of the course ensures that those registered will improve their skills.

“Massey has been working with Kaplan Professional for one-and-a-half years to make sure that the course will allow advisers to leave feeling confident and settled in the new regime.

Dr Jeff Stangl, Massey Business School international and strategic partnerships director, says that now is a time for New Zealand’s business community “to lift their game nationally as far as the educational requisite for advisers is concerned”.

Stangl says that the amount of work that went into creating this course means that those who enrol should expect to see their skills improve greatly.”

The course was created using material from both New Zealand and Australia. The digital course will cost $1,800 and will provide advisers access to Ontrack, Kaplan Professional’s continuing education platform. Additionally, New Zealand advisers will have access to personalised support. The course includes a compulsory Financial Advice Fundamentals course and an elective specialisation. Adviser wishing to take additional courses they will need to pay $900 for each specialisation.

“The creation of this programme was pretty intense, we engaged subject matter experts on both sides of the Tasman. It was truly a trans-Tasman collaborative effort to create a programme specifically for the New Zealand market.”

A big part of the course’s attraction is the fact that it allows participants to have one-year’s access to Ontrack, Kaplan Professional’s continuing education platform. Stangl says the product is a game changer. “This is a newly released CPD tracking software that is already becoming the standard in the Australian market. It is just a brilliant piece of engineering.”

The Certificate in Business Studies (Financial Services pathway) will be delivered online and New Zealand advisers will have access to personalised support.

The course costs $1,800 and includes the compulsory Financial Advice Fundamentals course, plus one elective specialisation (investment; life, disability and health insurance; general insurance; or residential property lending). Additional specialisations are $900 each.” Click here to read more

In other news

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Money Week

This week is Money Week and this years theme is 'Now we're talking'. The aim of the campaign is to get people to open up and start talking about money with partners, children, friends and of course, advisers. 

Here is a link to the official Money Week website set up by Sorted which discusses why people should be talking about money and some of the negative impacts keeping money issues to yourself can cause. 

Financial Advice NZ have created this video stating that good things can happen once people starting opening up and discussing money, encouraging Kiwis to talk to a financial adviser. 

Massey University looking to offer financial planning major

Massey University’s plans to offer financial planning and advice major as part of its Bachelor of Business is set to be reviewed by the Committee on University Academic Programmes. If approved, the major will be made up of eight courses that will be focused financial planning process, financial institutions and markets, investments, personal finance management, risk management, financial advice implementation and estate and tax planning.

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Antibiotic resistance threat to economic stability

Used to treat countless individuals undergoing differing medical treatments, antibiotics can be classified as something that we take for granted. The influx of antimicrobial resistance is amplifying concerns globally. The spread of Candida auris and super-resistant gonorrhoea exemplifies the horrifying reality of antimicrobial resistance. The increased antimicrobial resistance could potentially kill 10 million people over the next thirty years – a 700,000 increase on current deaths directly related to antimicrobial resistance.

As a response to the growing threat, a UN commission has recommended an immediate and well-co-ordinated action plan be implemented and exercised to ensure that we avoid a catastrophic event that would result in dire economic outcomes that the World Bank believes could be equivalent to the global financial crisis of 2008-09.

Although pharmaceutical companies have failed in the past to conjure solutions for pressing medical issues, developments relating to antibiotics have been poor. To restrict antimicrobial resistance doctors often refrain from commonly using novel antibiotics. Novel antibiotics are seen as the last resort and are only used for short periods of time. Unlike other medicines, the price of antibiotics is often set low, giving pharmaceutical companies very minimal motivation to develop their current products further; this has the negative implication of discouraging investors from approaching and potentially working alongside antibiotic firms.

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Practice versus Study

If you work hard, but you aren't getting as much out of your practice as you think you should then there may be several different explanations. You might be kidding yourself about how hard you are actually working, or you might be being impatient, or you might be doing it wrong. In that last category, how you practice is more important than just the hours you spend.

Humans are great at finding slightly easier ways to achieve any task they have to do frequently. This incremental change is great, we get a little bit better at it for a long while. But then something else happens. We get a little bit lazier at it too. Start a minute or two later, finish earlier, don't try too many new things.

What the piano teacher, gym instructor, and most education professionals share is a knowledge of this fact. That's why the best teachers try to vary methods and content to keep work fresh.

But it isn't just about variety, it is about a particular kind of practical ability: that of self-reflection. An over-arching skill, no matter what your chosen goal, is to be able to consider recent results and work out how you can improve. Most of us aren't very good at this - think of proofing your own work - and need the help of others to properly critique our work. But even with help, the best situation is to push yourself to find fault with your own work / effort / practice.


Because when you self-identify a problem, you are far more likely to fix it. When someone else points one out, it is so much easier to decide that they have it wrong, and the room for an excuse widens.

Inspired by this article.

To Do Level Five, Or Not?

If you have not got a level five qualification you may be forgiven for some confusion. Some people advise that you should hurry up and get it, others say wait and see. If you don't want to pick through the technical arguments, try this one instead: 

It depends on your attitude to training. If you think that all the training in getting level five is going to add very little, then you may place more weight on the value of delay. But if you think that they training is likely to be valuable, then even if the precise requirements change and you have to do some more training again later, you will get value, so go ahead, do level five. 

I suspect the learning is never wasted.