The first kangaroo-leather bound ledgers of what became Westpac, photographed in the Westpac archives.
Examination of the first deposit in what became Westpac tells us much about 1817, not all of it pleasant.
Justice Perram has decided that some things are more important than quick settlements.
Negotiated deals between ASIC and alleged wrongdoers leave us in doubt as to the reach of the law.
Recently Telstra, the big four banks, and the ABC have used technology to replace workers.
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Management trumps technology in making companies productive, but that doesn't mean firms can be complacent when it comes to keeping up with change.
Former AMP CEO Craig Meller (left) and chairwoman Catherine Brenner.
ASIC and APRA don't lack power to sack bank directors. They the lack the willpower to do so.
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.
The banks have themselves called for an inquiry into banking and financial services.
Appearing to co-operate is the best way to try to influence the terms of an inquiry and manage the bad press.
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.
Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer says the bank’s move towards gender equality in management positions is a “signpost that our nation is making progress”.
Westpac’s focus on the bottom line benefits of gender diversity overlook the fact that equality is a political imperative, not a corporate one.
There are signs our frothy housing market, combined with rising interest rates, could have serious consequences for our economy.
Fully half of Westpac's loan book consists of interest-only loans, so why are the banks not more concerned about what could happen next?
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.
Data shows coal is on the way out.
As the cost of renewable energy falls, funding a new mine is a risky investment.
Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas announced a raft of spend measures in the latest budget.
The Victorian budget brought with it an increase in privatisation, which follows on from other state budgets, but the evidence for efficiency in this type of system isn't there.
The news last week that Australia’s oldest bank, Westpac, has withdrawn from any prospect of financing Adani’s Carmichael coal mine may well be the death knell for the controversial project. Westpac is…
ASIC found that CommInsure didn’t breach the law with its handling of claims.
ASIC is telling CommInsure to do what it should have been doing all along. Let's forget the past and mistreatment of customers, it’s paradise for firms that prey on the sick and dying.
There are mixed results in research when it comes to the effect of shaming people into good behaviour.
Studies have shown that shame can motivate people to be both helpful but also vengeful, so the verdict is still out on whether it curbs bad behaviour.
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.