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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.
Bank lending standards need to be more consistent to avoid borrowers shopping around to find the lender that offers them the highest loan amount. Paul Miller/AAP

Banks shouldn’t underestimate the risk of concentration in the housing market

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.
Voice authentication technology could be used to increase blockchain security. Merrill College of Journalism/flickr

The blockchain could have better security than the banks

Providing security in the blockchain would convert into a degree of predictability in the technology. If this was shown to work in the long term, it would also create trust.
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.

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