How does it work?
An MDA is a service that allows your portfolio to be managedand administered at the discretion of a licensed MDA Operator, through an Investment Manager. Like a professionally managed fund, once the investmentstrategy and risk/return target for the portfolio is agreed by you and youradviser, investment decisions are managed on your behalf by the InvestmentManager, resulting in an underlying investment portfolio encompassing a highlevel of rigor and professional management.
You beneficially own the underlying securities and/or unitsin any investments and/or managed funds and can view the exact position ofthese investments on a daily basis. The MDA structure simply provides theinvestment flexibility, transparency, administration and control to effectivelymanage a portfolio on your behalf. By agreeing to use an MDA you are agreeingto allow a licensed MDA Operator and its agents to purchase and redeem directinvestments on your behalf. This will be done under the terms of a managedaccount contract held with the respective MDA Operator which will be in linewith your agreed investment strategy with an appropriate review and managementprogram in place with your financial adviser.
What are the benefits?
- MDAs allow the creation andmanagement of a portfolio of stocks that align with your investment profile and personal wealth objectives.
- MDAs provide timely reporting aswell as access to investment research and market insights through the online portal.
- As your portfolio is designedspecifically for you, we have flexibility in managing your dividends, taxpayments and capital gains. By granting us a dealing authorisation, we can trade, acquire and dispose of investments on your behalfto keep your portfolio aligned to your investment objectives. Corporate actionscan also take place swiftly on your behalf.
- Allowing direct control over your portfolio will allow your adviser to time or stagger investment decisions in response to market conditions.
What should I be thinking about?
- MDAs allows the MDA Operator to buy and sell particular assets without your consent prior to the purchase or sale. By entering into the contract you are bound by their actions and the changes they make. It is important you understand what they are authorised to do and carefully read the disclosure documents to understand the actions that you are authorising them to perform on your behalf.
- The investment decisions made are subject to various market, currency, economic, political and business risks, and our investment decisions may not always be profitable and may at times result in losses. There is also a risk that management and investment decisions will not achieve your expectations and needs. This risk may also affect the value of your investment and the return you may receive.
- Actions taken pursuant to the MDA may trigger a capital gains tax liability or capital losses, depending on your personal tax position. You should seek advice about the tax implications that would be applicable to you.
- Actions taken are binding on your, so long as they are within the terms of the MDA contract that you entered into.