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What is a Managed Discretionary Account?

26 May 2017

An MDA is an investment portfolio management service whereby you provide discretion to an investment manager to manage your portfolio on your behalf in accordance with your instructions, investment objectives and an agreed investment program. This mandate eliminates the need to constantly obtain your agreement or instructions to sell, buy, apply for, or redeem investments in financial products.

After you open your account, all assets are held beneficially in your name, or a related entity name such as your self-managed superfund, family trust or a company. You can close the account at any time and there are no exit fees.

MDAs are regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) and the provision of MDA services must meet certain conditions of the Corporations Act 2001, Regulatory Guide 179 and ASIC Class Order CO 04/194. MDAs are managed by a Managed Account Operator that must hold an Australian Financial Services License authorising them to provide MDA services.


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Benefits of a Managed Discretionary Account

  • Access to professional investment management expertise
  • Daily monitoring and active management of your portfolio by means of a model portfolio approach
  • Immediate response to market changes
  • Access to extensive research and expert stock selection
  • Investment flexibility with a portfolio tailored to your own personal objectives, risk profile and asset preferences
  • Administration convenience and cost saving
  • Ability to view your portfolio transactions and print reports via an investment platform portal at any time
  • Convenience and cost-saving through provision of tax reports to your accountant at the end of the financial year
  • No exit fees

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