"Balanced scorecards", of the kind countenanced by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, are inherently unbalanced.
The fifth banking code of conduct since 1993 looks better than those that have gone before it.
People expect financial institutions to serve them better in the wake of the royal commission. There's reason to believe they won't, for long.
The government has agreed to create an independently-chaired body to report on the performance of ASIC and APRA, but it hasn't said its reports will be made public.
There's concern that paying upfront for the services of mortgage brokers would frighten customers away. But it needn't, if they provide good service and explain what are charging for.
The budget will include another round of tax cuts and provide about $600 million to pursue wrongdoers and help restore trust in the financial system.
Josh Frydenberg wants to leave mortgage broker commissions unchanged for three years. It's hard to see why.
The ASX was late to the corporate governance party and its fourth reheat remains as flawed as ever.
Suddenly, ASIC is about to have real power. It'll be easier to get prosecutions and they will hurt, even if the law remains less than completely clear.
In trying to be values-free (like physics & chemistry), business schools have succeeded in justifying amoral behaviour. No more! We've seen the results in the Banking Royal Commission.
The push against brokers might be right in theory, wrong in practice.
There are things we can do, but the Economic Society's poll finds that not all of them are part of the traditional economists' toolkit.
Complaints that Hayne didn't recommend big changes miss the point.
We get defensive when the social order we have become accustomed to is challenged. We attempt to protect ourselves through projection, denial, games, blame, or rationalisation.
American fantasy-comedy The Good Place has covered some surprisingly similar ground to Australia's banking royal commission.
It's far away from the cities and towns where banks and finance companies are really predatory, but it's not where Hayne looked.
Bank shares soared 4% to 7% after the royal commission report. That could be because it will do them little harm.
In a letter to Morrison, Shorten said both houses should be recalled on March 5-7 and March 12-14. The sitting calendar has only 10 sitting days before the election.
While many Hayne's recommendations are laudable and abolutely necessary, they are not sufficent to end of the regular cycle of appalling misconduct and inquiries.
Tying incentives to contribute to profits can give bad results, but we need to tie them to something.