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Amid a sea of troubles – including the premature loss of their CEO and a money-laundering scandal – the CBA is facing a shareholder lawsuit. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Climate change is a financial risk, according to a lawsuit against the CBA

A new lawsuit against the CBA puts climate change in a new legal light: a financial hazard. The case opens up fresh lines of attack on institutions that contribute to climate change.
There are better ways of dealing with distortions caused by the bank than the government’s quick, politically opportunistic, measure. Joel Carrett/AAP

Budget bank levy: too big to fail, not too big to take a hit

The new levy on banks from the budget is a small hit to their profit but it could have unintended consequences.
It’s too soon to say what advantages there are to issuing government bonds using blockchain technology. www.shutterstock.com

CBA’s test of government bond using the blockchain, is just that

Despite a media statement announcing that Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) have created the first government bond using the blockchain (dubbed the “cryptobond…
The ACCC has blocked the big four banks from bargaining with Apple for more control over Apple Pay. Damir Sagolj/Reuters

ACCC rejects the banks colluding to bargain on 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.
Commonwealth Bank chief Ian Narev was the first to appear before a parliamentary committee inquiring into the practices of the big four banks. Lukas Coch/AAP

Banks make millions in delaying interest rate cuts

When the cash rate increases, lending rates shoot up like rockets, but when the opposite occurs they go down like feathers.
Banks must accept they can’t control the values, beliefs and behaviours of their employees. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

‘Command and control’ banks have got ethics and culture all wrong

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.
Large Australian banks are being required to significantly increase their levels of equity capital. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: banks are raising capital, but should we be worried?

Investors may not like it but Australian banks have been given little choice by the prudential regulator other than to undertake capital raisings.
A rare win for investors: Litigation funder IMF (Australia) helped fund a class action case against Grange Securities, which was found to have misled unsophisticated investors. AAP

Too late for Storm, but bank liability the lesson from Wingecarribee

Justice Steven J. Rares was blunt when he handed down his judgement in the long-running class action, Wingecarribee Shire Council vs. Lehman Brothers Australia, last week. Grange Securities, a subsidiary…
Three of Australia’s Big Four banks have opted to offshore part of their financial operations to Asia. AAP

More offshoring of Australian jobs? Can you bank on it?

Reports of more offshoring of jobs from Australia to other countries are, seemingly, a daily occurrence. Such reports include, for example, the manufacturing of cars and their components and aspects of…

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