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In bank stress tests, what’s worse: runs or lemons (the other kind)? Lemons via www.shutterstock.com

Runs versus lemons: why US bank stress tests succeeded while Europe’s failed

US regulators chose to reveal detailed information to the public about the state of the banks. They were able to be so transparent, without triggering a run, because of a strong fiscal backstop.
PayPal is far more dominant in online payments in the US than Australia where traditional players have defended the market. Geoff Livingston/Flickr

Fintech might be hot right now, but banks are still winning

Venture capital money is starting to flow into Australian fintech, but success will largely be based on whether new players can innovate in areas where bank's aren't.
The superheated Sydney housing market has regulators, and the Reserve Bank, worried. Joel Carrett/AAP

Rates and housing risk: beware outsourcing policy to regulators

With rates on the way down the problem of runaway property investing has been left to the regulator APRA. But regulators should not be used as agents of short-term government policy.
Research has found when super funds share the same directors, fund performance can suffer. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Super connected directors not helping super fund performance

Super funds are being asked to improve board governance, and their starting point should be to consider stamping out multiple directorships.
NAB chief Andrew Thorburn has been forced to defend the bank’s reputation after the actions of rogue financial planners were revealed. Dean Lewins/AAP

Naming and shaming helps keep banks honest

There are simple solutions to prevent more financial scandals in Australia - the question is, will the government take them up?
Forex traders who went to the dark side could soon be forced to face the consequences. Justin Lane/EPA/AAP

Explainer: how bankers fixed forex trades and why it’s criminal

“Oh what a tangled web we weave. When first we practice to deceive”. Sir Walter Scott’s comment could have been made about the LIBOR and foreign exchange (forex) scandals engulfing the world’s largest…
Financial planners may be considered professionals, but there’s no national exam to put them through their paces. Shutterstock

Why we still don’t expect financial planners to sit an exam

While financial planning is on the pathway to professionalism, its education standards continue to be the subject of much discussion – and for good reason. The current standards set by ASIC mandate a comparatively…
The collapse of Lehman Brothers was a pivotal moment in the most recent financial crisis. The next crash may feature another bank failure. Reuters

What will the next financial crisis look like – and are we ready?

The subprime crisis and the subsequent failure of Lehman Brothers came as such a shock – and the repercussions were so severe that when the time came to mount a response, policy makers were as surprised…

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