Omniwealth Services Pty Ltd has complied with an ASIC infringement notice, paying a $10,200 penalty after including potentially misleading claims on its website.
Omniwealth’s website included a page on the advantages of investing in property within a self-managed super fund (SMSF). This page compared the performance of a geared property investment within a self-managed super fund to an ungeared equity investment within a self-managed super fund.
The webpage was also promoted through the social media profile of Omniwealth’s CEO with a statement that investing in property in a self-managed super fund has taxation, leverage and diversification advantages and included a link to the Omniwealth webpage’s related article.
ASIC was concerned that the webpage did not give a balanced message about the returns, benefits and risks of investing in property in a self-managed super fund, and in particular that the uncertainty of forecasts was not made clear.
ASIC Deputy Chair Peter Kell said: ‘Making appropriate investment decisions is one of the most important responsibilities of SMSF trustees. ASIC is determined that SMSF trustees get accurate information and are not misled by advertising, including on websites and through social media.’
As the use of social media for promoting financial products and advice services increases, it is important that financial consumers are not misled or misinformed. ASIC encourages financial services providers using social media to regularly review their content.
Omniwealth has removed the statements from its website and related social media profiles and has fully cooperated in responding to ASIC’s concerns.