ASIC crackdown on ‘cash-like’ investments a warning to savers


Investments that appear to be identical to having money on deposit with a financial institution however pay far more curiosity have all the time been with us, however with record-low rates of interest it’s comprehensible that annoyed savers are extra inclined to the guarantees of the promoters of those investments.

Provided that savers are actually fortunate to get greater than 1.5 per cent curiosity on a time period deposit or on-line financial savings account, an funding providing to pay three to 5 occasions that quantity with a promise of “no danger to capital” may be interesting.

Risky investments posing as "safe" and as "just like cash in the bank" have been subject to a crackdown by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Dangerous investments posing as “protected” and as “identical to money within the financial institution” have been topic to a crackdown by the Australian Securities and Investments Fee Credit score:SMH

Promoters recommend the funding is protected and identical to having the cash within the financial institution. Nonetheless, surveillance by the Australian Securities and Investments Fee (ASIC) exhibits that’s not all the time the case.

Whereas cash on deposit with “authorised deposit taking establishments”, akin to a financial institution, mutual financial institution, credit score union or constructing society, comes with a federal authorities assure – at the very least for the primary $250,000 – financial savings positioned elsewhere all the time entail danger.