Bank branch employees featured in the Australian Bankers’ Association national advertising campaign.
The Australian Banking Association says 'nearly 80% of bank profits go straight back to shareholders', the majority of whom are 'everyday Australians'. Is that right?
Commonwealth Bank chair Catherine Livingstone (left) and CEO Ian Narev.
Broadening the royal commission beyond banking may dilute the focus on the banks themselves.
ANZ and NAB have settled with ASIC over manipulation of the Bank Bill Swap Rate.
The major banks have tried to downplay their role in manipulating the BBSW interest rate benchmark. But this is not the first instance of bad behaviour.
When did ASIC’s Greg Medcraft learn about the alleged money laundering at the Commonwealth Bank?
Parliamentary hearings reveal a lot of confusion between government, regulators and industry around banking regulation. This needs to be fixed.
There are better ways of dealing with distortions caused by the bank than the government’s quick, politically opportunistic, measure.
The new levy on banks from the budget is a small hit to their profit but it could have unintended consequences.
The ACCC has blocked the big four banks from bargaining with Apple for more control over 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.
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.
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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.
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.
ASIC chairman Greg Medcraft could learn a thing or two from his US counterparts.
ASIC has been too slow to prosecute those accused of rigging the bank bill swap rate so it doesn't matter if the government makes the penalties harsher for those found guilty.
Commonwealth Bank chief Ian Narev was the first to appear before a parliamentary committee inquiring into the practices of the big four banks.
When the cash rate increases, lending rates shoot up like rockets, but when the opposite occurs they go down like feathers.
NAB Group CEO Andrew Thorburn will this week answer questions from another committee inquiring into banking practices.
To boost competition in banking we should give consumers better access to data and account number portability.
Bank customers are tired of the excuses.
The universal reform of the banking system will take more than another inquiry.
Increased requirements from APRA could have been a good thing for Australia’s big four banks.
Australia's big four banks are managing risk well, this could be contributing to their strong performance.
Malcolm Turnbull has downplayed calls for a royal commission into the banks, arguing that their operations are already well governed.
The politics that Malcolm Turnbull and the big banks support is one in which people are robbed of their citizenship and reduced to economic functionaries.
Banks must accept they can’t control the values, beliefs and behaviours of their employees.
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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.
Because Australia’s banking system is so concentrated, the ‘big four’ banks face similar threats.
Analysis of the similarities between Australia's four largest banks shows all are exposed to risk of a housing bubble burst and face threats from digital disruption.
In its first quarter results this month, the National Australia Bank (NAB), breathed a sigh of relief announcing that the “separation” of Clydesdale had been “successful” with an expected loss of approximately…
Good for humanity?
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Australia's biggest banks seem more concerned with disclosing how much paper they recycle than their lending exposure to coal mines.
Australian depositors are already protected under existing legislation, so why do we need a deposit levy?
The federal government's decision to implement a deposit levy may increase the costs of banking in Australia without improving the stability of the system.