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ASIC Corporations (Generic Calculators) Instrument 2016/207

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  • - F2016L00438
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This instrument provides relief from the requirement to hold a financial service licence and the personal advice regime in Div 3 of Pt 7.7 for generic financial calculators.
Administered by: Treasury
Registered 30 Mar 2016
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR18-Apr-2016
Tabled Senate18-Apr-2016
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ASIC Corporations (Generic Calculators) Instrument 2016/207

I, Stephen Yen PSM, delegate of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, make the following legislative instrument.

Dated  21 March 2016

 

 

 

Stephen Yen

 



Part 1—Preliminary

1        Name of legislative instrument

This instrument is ASIC Corporations (Generic Calculators) Instrument 2016/207.

2        Commencement

This instrument commences on the day after it is registered on the Federal Register of Legislation.

Note:    The register may be accessed at www.legislation.gov.au.

3        Authority

This instrument is made under paragraphs 926A(2)(a) and 951B(1)(a) of the Corporations Act 2001.

4        Definitions

In this instrument:

Act means the Corporations Act 2001.

assumptions means the factors (which may be changed by the user) that are applied by a financial calculator in working out the estimate.

estimate means the result of a numerical calculation performed by a financial calculator.

financial calculator means a facility, device, table or other thing used to make a numerical calculation or find out the result of a numerical calculation relating to a financial product.

Note:    The facility, device, table or other object will not be a financial calculator to the extent that its output goes beyond the numerical result of a calculation and a description of what that result is. For example, an electronic facility will not be a financial calculator to the extent that it makes a recommendation about a particular financial product or the associated disclosures refer to a particular financial product.

present value of an estimate of an amount payable at a future time is the amount worked out using the following formula:

 

        C     

(1.025) n 

 

where:

C is the estimate of the amount payable at the future time.

n is the number of years and part years between the present date and the future time that the amount is payable.

Note:    This formula assumes an inflation rate of 2.5% (being the mid-point of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s target range for inflation over the cycle).

statutory assumption means an assumption that reflects a rate or amount fixed by legislation.

Note:    Statutory assumptions include a rate of taxation and the rate of compulsory superannuation contributions.

Part 2—Exemption

5        Exemption for providers of financial calculators

(1)     A person who provides financial product advice through, or through making available, a financial calculator does not have to comply with:

(a)     the requirement in subsection 911A(1) of the Act to hold an Australian financial services licence covering the provision of that advice; and

(b)     where the person is a financial services licensee—Divisions 2, 3 and 4 of Part 7.7 of the Act in relation to that advice.

Exclusion

(2)     The exemption in subsection (1) does not apply to a person if:

(a)     the person is notified in writing by ASIC that the person is excluded from relying on this instrument and ASIC has not withdrawn that notice in writing; or

(b)     10 business days have elapsed since the person became or should reasonably have become aware of matters that give the person reason to believe that the person has failed, other than in an immaterial respect, to comply with a condition of this instrument without full particulars of the failure having been notified to ASIC (to the extent that the person knows those particulars or would have known them if they had undertaken reasonable enquiries).

6        Conditions

(1)     A person who relies on the exemption in subsection 5(1) must take reasonable steps to ensure all of the following:

(a)     the financial calculator does not advertise or promote a specific financial product;

(b)     if the financial calculator is an electronic facility or device, the financial calculator:

(i)      enables the user to change any of the assumptions (the default assumptions) that are applied by the calculator in working out the estimate relating to a financial product other than a statutory assumption; and

Note:    The financial calculator does not have to involve the application of any statutory assumptions; but if it does, it may permit the user to change them.

(ii)     works out or enables the user to work out an estimate on the basis of the changed assumptions;

(c)     the default assumptions, including any statutory assumptions, applied by the financial calculator, unless changed by the user, are reasonable for the purposes of working out the estimate;

(d)     the financial calculator displays to the user in the ordinary course of its use or has printed on it all of the following:

(i)      a clear and prominent statement about the purpose and limitations of the calculator;

(ii)     a clear and prominent explanation of the impact of any significant limitation of the calculator;

(iii)    a clear and prominent statement of the assumptions;

(iv)    where the estimate is of an amount payable  at a future time of 2 or more years—a clear and prominent statement setting out the present value of the estimate;

(v)     a clear and prominent statement to the effect that the financial calculator is not intended to be relied on for the purposes of making a decision in relation to a financial product and that they should consider obtaining advice from a financial services licensee before making any financial decisions;

(e)     the financial calculator displays to the user (including because of a step taken by the user) or has printed on it an explanation of why the default assumptions, including any statutory assumption, are reasonable for the purpose of working out the estimate;

(f)     if the financial calculator is an electronic facility or device— the financial calculator does not prevent the user from readily printing or electronically storing the estimate;

(g)     the person keeps a copy of the financial calculator for 7 years from when it is first made available.

(2)     A statement or explanation required under paragraph (1)(d) or (e) must contain as much detail as a retail client using the financial calculator would reasonably expect to find having regard to the nature of the calculator.

Part 3—Savings and transitional

7.       Condition dealing with inflation

A person who relies on the exemption in subsection 5(1) before 1 April 2017 does not have to comply with subparagraph 6(1)(d)(iv) provided that the person takes reasonable steps to ensure that the calculator displays to the user in the ordinary course of its use or has printed on it a clear and prominent statement specifying whether or not the estimate takes into account an assumed change in the cost of living between the time of the preparation of the estimate and the future time.