I am looking to start up an unregistered managed investment fund purchasing stocks on the ASX. It’s only for my friends and family and will be spread only by word of mouth. It will have about 7 people in it including myself and each will contribute 550k. I will manage the day to day running of the fund. My question is would I need an AFSL?
An AFSL is needed whenever a person provides a financial service, which includes issuing a financial product. An MIS is a financial product unless it has less than 20 members and it is not promoted by a person (or an associate of a person) who is in the business of promoting managed investment schemes. .
The promoter issue is a difficult one and will depend on who promotes the scheme, who their associates are, and what business activities they engage in.