Poll: Is independence important to you?

by Ben Abbott05 Apr 2012

A recent war of words has seen AFG and Connective wearing their independence on their sleeve, while NAB-owned FAST, Choice and PLAN talking the deep pockets institutional ownership brings.

But how important is independence to you?

With consolidation set to continue, and aggregators slinging 'for sale' rumours at each other, the question should be asked - do you consider independence highly when choosing an aggregator?

Have your say on Australian BrokerNews today!

 

COMMENTS

  • by Broker Tony 27/03/2012 2:12:02 PM

    I am with Connective and do value independence. However from what I have seen the NAB owned aggregators are also left alone to do their thing and would be regarded as independent. I would have an issue if a bank started using ownership of an aggregator as a way to 'influence' brokers into pushing more business their way unless of course they had a genuinely competitive offering that was worth supporting on it's own merits.

  • by Tom 27/03/2012 3:47:03 PM

    I am now with AFG and except for not having an avenue to top up my business with leads like a branded broker, am pretty happy. I know that a bank owns a share of AFG however we have never been asked to push their products. Think the whole bank ownerhip piece having an effect on where you place your customers is being blown way out of proportion for all groups and seems just a "tit for tat" slanging match to stir the pot.

  • by ozboy 28/03/2012 10:46:23 AM

    Move on nothing here to see. What a beat up, don't care who owns it, it's all about the management and service.