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Westpac Chief Executive Officer Brian Hartzer gave excuses for traders behaviour in regards to the BBSW benchmark. David Moir/AAP

Banking excuses wearing a bit thin

With all the weight of evidence stacked against the banks in the case of BBSW benchmark, surely now is the time for the government to enforce regulation.
ASIC chairman Greg Medcraft says the regulator ‘can’t look over everyone’s shoulder’. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Banking royal commission should be paid for by banks

Banks have had notice of these issues and failed to resolve them - it seems only fair that they should have to pay.
Access to small loans is getting easier, but not everyone is resilient enough to manage their finances. Image sourced from shutterstock.com

Four reasons payday lending will still flourish despite Nimble’s $1.5m penalty

The payday lending sector is under scrutiny again after the Australian Securities and Investment Commission’s investigation into Nimble. After failing to meet responsible lending obligations, Nimble must…
Banks must accept they can’t control the values, beliefs and behaviours of their employees. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

‘Command and control’ banks have got ethics and culture all wrong

Banks may pay lip service to ethical cultures but often curtail the critical questioning that allows ethical issues to be surfaced in the first place.
ASIC Chairman Greg Medcraft and Commissioner Cathie Armour during a Senate Estimates hearing at Parliament House. Medcraft told the hearing ASIC must be a ‘model litigant’. Mick Tsikas/AAP

ASIC v ANZ rate-rigging case will be one of epic proportions

ASIC has a high success rate, but its high-profile civil action against ANZ Bank will be a tough battle to win.
Martin Shkreli had victims long before he turned his hand to pharmaceuticals. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Martin Shkreli and the outrage of inequality

The lack of transparency and accountability found in the hedge fund world is increasingly finding a home in the pharmaceutical sector, where more people care.

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