Commonwealth Bank CEO Ian Narev got a 50% pay rise despite scandals involving the bank in 2016.
Just before everyone sits down for their Christmas dinner ASIC has handed two of Australia's big four banks a big present.
Scandals, elections, budgets, 2016 had it all. Here's what made news in business and economics.
Blockchain can’t solve every problem in the finance industry.
For a discipline that is supposedly rational, finance has had its fair share of irrational crazes. For example, the dotcom bubble and the collateralized debt obligation craze that led to the global financial…
Superannuation’s influence on the Australian financial sector mostly balances out.
Business Briefing: what super is doing to banking and finance.
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New research modelled how an increase in the superannuation guarantee would affect the finance sector and the results show it all balances out.
Italy faces uncertain times ahead.
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Markets haven't panicked as they did with Brexit and Trump, but Italy faces serious economic issues in the near future.
Voters rejected Matteo Renzi’s referendum on constitutional reform, plunging Italy into political uncertainty.
The "no" result from Italy's referendum is likely to brew political and economic uncertainty for some time yet.
South Africa needs take a radically different path if it is going to make its economy more inclusive. It must start from the premise that markets are intrinsically skewed to historic privilege.
It’s hard to calculate the risk from rising mortgage delinquencies.
Increasing mortgage delinquencies is a warning sign for lenders. Especially if the economy starts to turn.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO Ian Narev attends the parliamentary inquiry into the banking system.
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Business Briefing: fixing culture in banking and finance.
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"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.
Donald Trump may be a populist, but his policies are set to be particularly popular with the banking industry.
Branches are likely to keep evolving into smaller outlets focusing on sales and more complex transactions.
Customers still want personal interaction with their bank, but do banks need branches to deliver it?
ASIC has been highly critical of some of the practices of Australia’s big four banks.
An ASIC report detailing how financial advice was paid for but not given by Australia's big four banks exposes a culture problem that the government needs to deal with.
Millions of Americans in nine states will vote on Nov. 8 for the right to do this.
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Nine states are deciding whether to legalize marijuana. Yet the drug's prohibition at the federal level has created an unstable financial environment for producers and retailers.
Home owners will bear the brunt of the new lending restrictions from APRA when it’s lenders who should be penalised.
APRA has updated its guidance to lenders on concerns about the risks to financial stability from the housing market, but it should be focusing more on the banks, not hurting those with a mortgage.
A transaction of 88 bales of cotton in Qingdao sometime in early November is been hailed as revolutionary.
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…
Culture and family can play an important role in whether you can pay off your mortgage, new research shows.
People from South East Asian countries are less likely to default on their mortgages because of a culture of financial assistance from families, new research shows.
At least someone gets a microphone.
The bank's recent scandal probably would never have happened had senior management only listened to Wells Fargo's whistleblowers.
Mortgage tracker rates follow the cash rate.
Business Briefing: rate tracker mortgages.
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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.
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…
A crack in the culture?
The thousands of Wells Fargo low-wage employees who defrauded customers likely knew how it felt to face unfair overdraft fees or a deteriorating credit rating. So why did they do it?