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ASA Company Monitor Richard Wilkins at the IAG AGM

The ASA has a dedicated team of company monitors who meet with company chairmen and directors to discuss issues of importance to our members. Based on our board engagement and independent analysis of the annual report and financial statements, our monitors prepare voting intentions having to regard to ASA's voting guidelines and attend AGMs on behalf of our members.

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Managing Culture: A Good Practice Guide

Publication of the new paper 'Managing Culture: A Good Practice Guide' - a partnership of Governance Institute of Australia, The Ethics Centre, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and Institute of Internal Auditors - Australia. An important topic as culture influences performance.

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ASA: recipient of a Financial Literacy Australia grant!

The Australian Shareholders’ Association is delighted to be the recipient of a Financial Literacy Australia grant! We will be launching a project dedicated to assisting women 65+ to build sufficient confidence to participate in financial decision-making.

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From another world? Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and blockchain

Bitcoin is a digital or virtual medium of exchange and the first example of a ‘cryptocurrency’. It is an alternative to traditional ‘paper’ money as it is not printed or minted, but created and held electronically. It uses encrypted software hosted and maintained by volunteers on a network of computers with no single government or company in charge. Transactions are anonymous and do not go through banks, which is why it lends itself to illegal activity. Witness the recent ransomware attacks where payments to release encrypted files must be made in Bitcoins.

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Residential Aged Care Fees

Moving into a nursing home can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. It is also a time when decisions are made quickly, impacting not only the individual but also family. Finances are a major factor, and understanding how much it will all cost can be confusing.