Post: Adelaide financial adviser banned for five years

ASIC has banned Adelaide-based adviser Peter Anthony Chigwidden from providing financial services for a period of five years.

Following a review of Mr Chigwidden’s advice, ASIC found that Mr Chigwidden consistently failed to address the stated needs and objectives of his clients and, as a result, did not provide advice that was in the best interests of his clients.

Where his advice included product switching recommendations, he made those recommendations without adequate consideration of the cost impact or other consequences of that advice and failed to properly disclose the costs and consequences of the advice, leaving clients poorly informed. Crucially, the switching advice also failed to demonstrate that the recommended product(s) better met the clients’ needs or objectives than their existing product(s).

ASIC considered that Mr Chigwidden also failed in some cases, to provide statements of advice and records of advice to clients when he was required to do so and, where he did provide those advice documents, he failed to include specific information such as the fees and costs the clients may incur if they followed his advice.

The banning of Mr Chigwidden is part of ASIC’s ongoing efforts to improve standards across the financial services industry. It will be recorded on ASIC’s publicly available Financial Advisers Register, and Banned and Disqualified Persons Register.

ASIC’s MoneySmart website has useful information for consumers about financial advice, including how to complain about an adviser, and what to do if their adviser is banned.

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