In the US "liar loans" have been identified as one of the key reasons behind the 2008 financial crisis. But how big a problem are poor loan checking practices in Australia?
The government needs to learn from the mistakes in the US in sharing our credit history information to third parties.
Republican efforts to kill a rule designed to make it easier for people to sue banks are a reminder of why it's so important to have a government agency that protects consumers.
The new banking regulations undermine the existing system, confusing regulators and achieving very little.
The federal governments efforts to tackle the financial abuse of elders is to be welcomed - but will banks be properly empowered to act?
Banking used to be an engine of social mobility and a generator of secure, satisfying employment for the many gainfully employed in it.
The 2007-08 financial crisis affected the world's advanced economies in profound ways and the ripple effects continue to today.
One bank customer whose identity was stolen asks: 'Why didn't they call the fraud squad, or the police?' It's a very good question.
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.
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.
It's not likely the Australian appetite for property will change but this means we need to hedge our bets against any risks by improving diversification and the way banks finance mortgages.
The banks are dealing with rising rates of online credit card fraud, but they can't fix it on their own.
Global travelers are being increasingly asked if they want to pay for local purchases in terms of their home country currency. Here's why you should resist the strong temptation to do so.
From Winston Churchill to the Industrial Strategy Commission: laying down the markers for success.
India has gone further than any other country in legislating for corporate social responsibility. But the law should be redrafted to enhance precision and stakeholder orientation.
As the federal government changes the rules around credit cards, it should force companies to be more transparent about fees.
Banks are relying more and more on robots that perform financial services.
Given the small percentages involved, South Australia's bank levy won't interfere with the federal government's levy, and would arguably be compatible with it.
Unethical corporate behaviour isn't just embarrassing from a PR standpoint, it can also be unprofitable for firms and their investors.
The Law Reform Commission has recommended that banks take 'reasonable steps' to protect vulnerable Australians.