Finance Professional Series

Finance Professional Series

The evolving world of Digital Financial Advice through the eyes of a Robo adviser

Recently John O'Connell, Chief Investment Officer, Macquarie Banking & Financial Services and Founder of OwnersAdvisory presented 'The evolving world of Digital Financial Advice through the eyes of a Robo adviser in Sydney and Melbourne'.

John talked about the rise of Robo-advice which has attracted both keen competition and fierce debate. While the variety and popularity of online investment and savings platforms has grown dramatically, key issues remain unanswered. Where does Robo advice fit in the spectrum of wealth management and which forms will survive. In particular John outlined how the advice, planning and fund management channels business models are adapting and walked us through Macquarie Bank’s robo adviser, OwnersAdvisory.

Overview of Robo Advisor Seminar

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Finance Professionals' Talks

Finance Professionals is a series of complimentary seminars hosted by the Macquarie Applied Finance Centre (MAFC). The seminars are designed for professionals working in the finance industry. Covering a range of topics, industry leaders from the financial, professional services and corporate sectors discuss current industry challenges and opportunities.

The seminars are held at our CBD Centres, usually during lunch-time, and are open to anyone working in the finance or related industries.

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Course offerings

Macquarie's Master of Applied Finance is the industry leading program that will equip you with deep, narrow and specialised skills to open doors to specific areas of finance. This course offers an unparalleled range of electives around a rigorous core curriculum, providing you with a learning experience customized to your interests. All the units are delivered by industry practitioners - each an expert in their own field - this course is founded on a vision of applied finance education for and by practitioners.

Find out more about our programs at Study or email the centre at Contact Us or phone 61 2 9223 6231, or drop into our Sydney CBD campus, Level 24, 123 Pitt Street (Angel Place), Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia, Opening hours: Monday - Friday 09:00am - 5:00pm.

Faculty profile

The MAFC teaching faculty is one of our greatest assets and sets us apart from other courses. Each of our faculty has extensive relevant industry experience as well as appropriate academic credentials. They bring real world experiences to the classroom and demonstrate how finance is applied in day-to-day business.


"It’s such a privilege to have access to this country’s leaders in corporate finance for an open, candid discussion about the current state of play. In a short lunch time session I gain significant insight into how they interpret the information we are all constantly bombarded with; there are subtleties that only highly experienced market practitioners discern."

- Senior Business Analyst at CBA

"It was excellent. The state of the debt and equity markets updates like that are very interesting, I will definitely encourage my colleagues to attend future lectures."

- Senior Associate at a leading law firm

"The applied finance centre is a great venue for these sessions – they are informal and high quality. Presenters have been forward thinking and clearly immersed in their area of practice."

- Director of an advisory firm

"These events are informative updates on market conditions from a diverse range of perspectives for Australia’s major corporate finance professionals – very useful thought leadership insights."

- Principal of a Corporate Advisory firm

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