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Commonwealth Bank CEO Ian Narev got a 50% pay rise despite scandals involving the bank in 2016. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

ASIC gives the banks cause for Christmas celebration

Just before everyone sits down for their Christmas dinner ASIC has handed two of Australia's big four banks a big present.
The ACCC has blocked the big four banks from bargaining with Apple for more control over Apple Pay. Damir Sagolj/Reuters

ACCC rejects the banks colluding to bargain on Apple Pay

The banks could have used their collective bargaining power not only against Apple for Apple Pay but also stall the adoption of mobile payments in Australia.
Banking inquiries in their current form serve as political theatre, rather than as a genuine form of accountability. Lukas Coch/AAP

Banking inquiry findings – ask the wrong questions get the wrong answers

Members of House Standing Committee on Economics should be asking the directors of Australia's Big Four banks (not the CEOs) different questions, if they really want the right answers.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO Ian Narev attends the parliamentary inquiry into the banking system. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Business Briefing: fixing culture in banking and finance

Business Briefing: fixing culture in banking and finance. The Conversation19.7 MB (download)
"Banking culture" has drawn a lot of scrutiny this year, after several high-profile scandals. But Professor Paul Kofman says there isn't much evidence for how to intervene if there's a problem.
A transaction of 88 bales of cotton in Qingdao sometime in early November is been hailed as revolutionary. Dave Hunt/AAP

Blockchain: reinventing the squeaky wheel

Apparently, the world is holding its breath on the unloading of a few bales of cotton, which “could change trade forever”. In Qingdao sometime in early November, 88 bales of cotton will be unloaded and…
Mortgage tracker rates follow the cash rate. www.shutterstock.com

Business Briefing: rate tracker mortgages

Business Briefing: rate tracker mortgages. The Conversation16.3 MB (download)
Rate tracker mortgages could provide some certainty for customers and increase trust in the banking sector.
The Australian Prudential Regulation should be put up for a capability review. Mick Tsikas/AAP

APRA take the easy road out with risk culture

Just when we all thought that the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) had already won the race to be most ineffective regulator of the year, up pops the Australian Prudential Regulation…
ANZ has already struck a deal with Apple for its contactless payment system but now four other banks are arguing the company is making competition difficult. Monica Davey/EPA

Apple Pay dispute may mean less opportunity to pay with your mobile

The competition in Australia's contactless payment industry is heating up as Apple Pay sets up in Australia. However some banks claim the company is making the system less competitive.
Did ANZ CEO Shayne Elliot let the cat out of the bag on manipulation of BBSW when speaking at the Standing Committee on Economics annual hearing? Lukas Coch/AAP

Just what else did ANZ uncover when looking at BBSW?

In his response to questioning by MPs at the House Economics Committee hearings into the big four banks, Mr Shayne Elliott, CEO of ANZ, may have inadvertently let the cat out of the bag, When questioned…
Commonwealth Bank CEO Ian Narev speaks to the House of Representatives standing committee on economics. Lukas Coch/AAP

Bank inquiry won’t take royal commission off the political agenda

The initial day of the parliamentary interrogation of the big banks’ chiefs has probably only strengthened the hand of those urging a royal commission. Malcolm Turnbull proposed bank executives should…

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