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Applying the GST to bank products and services would increase costs for consumers but reduce distortion in our economy. Sergio Dionisio/AAP

A better alternative to levying the bank tax

Applying the GST to banking has much sounder economic underpinnings than the current levy, would have raised much more revenue, and would have applied to all banks rather than just the big banks.
Cryptocurrencies are still the only usecase for the blockchain. Shutterstock

What’s holding up the blockchain?

The blockchain has been successful when it comes to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but we haven't yet figured out other uses.
No need for a bank: Just a smartphone and a blockchain. Houman Haddad/UN World Food Program

Can blockchain technology help poor people around the world?

Already becoming a darling of Wall Street, blockchain technology's biggest real benefits could come to the world's poorest people. Here's how.
Shadow or parallel banking refers to the non-bank financial intermediaries that supply services similar to commercial banks. Jenny Evans/AAP

Explainer: shadow banking and where it came from

Shadow banking provides investors with the means to isolate risks, transfer profits, avoid regulation and increase the range of money-like financial products available for investment.
Financial inclusion has been touted as one of the solutions to addressing poverty in South Africa. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa’s social grants: busting the myth about financial inclusion

Entities at the centre of the storm engulfing South Africa's social grants distribution system have claimed to be champions of financial inclusion. The claim in itself is scandalous.
Commonwealth Bank CEO Ian Narev got a 50% pay rise despite scandals involving the bank in 2016. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

ASIC gives the banks cause for Christmas celebration

Just before everyone sits down for their Christmas dinner ASIC has handed two of Australia's big four banks a big present.

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