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BoQ to forge closer ties with accountants

Bank of Queensland (BoQ) is set to build stronger referral relationships with financial planning and accounting firms, according to BoQ general manager for wealth management Tony Cahill.

News Michael Masterman 20 May 2014
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Mr Cahill told AccountantsDaily’s sister publication InvestorDaily the bank wants to capitalise on its wealth management model, which he says is perfectly suited to productive referral relationships.

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According to Mr Cahill, the fact that BoQ does not have a financial advice or funds management arm means that, unlike other banks, BoQ has no agenda to cross sell any products to the clients of its referral partners.

“We want to assist with their client needs but not have another agenda to try to sell them services they already provide to their customers,” said Mr Cahill.
Because 70 per cent of BoQ branches are franchises, there is a strong cultural alignment between their owner-managers and the accounting and planning practices they refer to, he said.

“We’ll do what we do best, we’ll help [planners and accountants] out as best we can and their clients, but we won’t be trying to steal them,” said Mr Cahill.
BoQ is also targeting SMSFs on two fronts, Mr Cahill added – as a source of funding, and to grow the bank's loan book.

Given that SMSFs have typically had an allocation of between 25 and 30 per cent to cash, BoQ is looking to the sector for a “range of deposits”, he said.
“There is around $140-odd billion of deposit money [in the SMSF sector] so we’re looking to take our share of that,” he said.

BoQ is also looking to make it easier for SMSFs to interact with the bank, with improvements in transactional data for accountants and new SMSF software, he added.

While BoQ is taking a conservative approach on the loan book front, it has “quite an explicit strategy” around the types of SMSFs it lends to.

“We’ve got criteria around the minimum size the fund has to be before we’ll deal with them,” Mr Cahill said. “We won’t lend for small inner-city apartments – less than 50 square metres, for example. And we require that the fund have some liquid assets post the transaction so that it’s not under any immediate financial stress.

“There’s lots of business that I guess we’ve missed out on, but it’s business that I think would come back to haunt us over the next couple of years,” he said.

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