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The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has been criticised for pursuing stability in a manner that has killed competition. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Australia’s financial regulators need policing

Our financial regulators ASIC and APRA need a board of oversight, similar to what the UK has, to keep them in check.
The federal government has announced a royal commission into banks and other financial services entities. AAP

Banking royal commission will expose the real cost of bad behaviour

Even though the Prime Minister and heads of the big four banks argue costly political uncertainty is the reason for the royal commission, experts argue the banks' behaviour itself is the real cost.
APRA’s independent inquiry panel member, John Laker, who is also chairman of the Banking Finance Oath initiative, will be one of the ones holding the CBA to account. DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAP

Where the accountability problems started at CBA

One scandal at the CBA stands out above all others, It set the scene for how the CBA board would handle future scandals, that is to obfuscate, prevaricate and litigate.
In the case of CommInsure, the treatment of the Chief Medical Officer, Benjamin Koh, seemed designed to send a message to other bank staff – keep your head down, or else! Dave Hunt/AAP

APRA needs to protect whistleblowers in the CBA inquiry

Without clear support for whistleblowers in the terms of reference for the inquiry into CBA’s corporate governance, the conclusions will inevitably be tainted.
There has been a long litany of scandals where CBA has been part of the cast, like the heroine of the old movies. Dean Lewins/AAP

APRA inquiry into CBA is the new comedy in town

APRA announced it will open its new season with an inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. But the opening of this new show raises some questions for the producers.
APRA chairman Wayne Byres says the inquiry will provide the CBA with change recommendations. Mick Tsikas/AAP

APRA could have investigated CBA years ago: experts

The APRA inquiry puts the regulator in the tricky position of trying to be seen to be tough on bank scandals but juggling its close relationship with the government and the CBA.
Unlike shareholders, super fund members won’t have the same powers at AGMs to hold executives to account. Brendan Esposito/AAP

Giving you more say in your super? Not likely with these changes

Many of us barely glance at our own superannuation account balances, so it’s reasonable to predict that only a tiny fraction are likely to go to a super fund annual meeting.
At least ten cents in every dollar of superannuation assets is indirectly financing house purchases via commercial bank debt. AAP/Lukas Coch

Here’s how superannuation is already financing homes

What critics of the plan to use superannuation for housing miss is that Australia’s super system already channels a significant proportion of retirement savings into housing.
APRA and its chairman Wayne Bryes may be more prescriptive on lending rules in an attempt to curb rising house prices. Mich Tsikas/AAP

The APRA bandaid for the housing market is wearing off

The government's unwillingness to consider changing the tax system to fix housing affordability, makes it more likely that APRA may have to become even more prescriptive with its lending criteria.
Australian banks’ capital levels must be ‘unquestionably strong’, according to the Financial Systems Inquiry. AAP/Dean Lewins

APRA fiddles on bank risk while Rome burns

Some argue, determinedly and erroneously, that when functioning correctly bank capital levels are almost magical things.

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