Consumers need more protection when it comes to making complaints about products.
The latest Productivity Commission report on how consumer law is being used shows that the same issues still haven't been addressed for years.
Banking inquiries in their current form serve as political theatre, rather than as a genuine form of accountability.
Members of House Standing Committee on Economics should be asking the directors of Australia's Big Four banks (not the CEOs) different questions, if they really want the right answers.
Animal welfare advocates protesting a bill to stop whistleblowers in the agricultural industry.
Businesses are trying to set up procedures to help whistleblowers, but better guidance, incentives and regulation are still needed, new research finds.
ASIC has been highly critical of some of the practices of Australia’s big four banks.
An ASIC report detailing how financial advice was paid for but not given by Australia's big four banks exposes a culture problem that the government needs to deal with.
Mortgage tracker rates follow the cash rate.
Business Briefing: rate tracker mortgages.
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Rate tracker mortgages could provide some certainty for customers and increase trust in the banking sector.
The Australian Prudential Regulation should be put up for a capability review.
Just when we all thought that the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) had already won the race to be most ineffective regulator of the year, up pops the Australian Prudential Regulation…
Kelly O'Dwyer said legislation would be introduced into parliament this year to mandate professional standards for advisers.
The large banks and AMP will be required to fund the establishment of a new independent body to oversee the professional standing of the much-criticised financial services industry.
New ASIC regulations aim to improve transparency in the life insurance industry.
Data on the outcomes of life insurance claims will not only help individual customers but also financial advisers and super funds acting on behalf of consumers.
Many Australians will not benefit from the Financial Services Council’s new life insurance code, Gail Pearson says.
The Financial Services Council code of conduct for life insurance is the industry's last chance to reform before the government steps in.
Some home buyers can’t afford to go through the regular channels so the rent-to-buy deals appeal to them.
People who engage in rent-to-buy schemes might not be protected under law and are often left in unaffordable situations.
ASIC chairman Greg Medcraft could learn a thing or two from his US counterparts.
ASIC has been too slow to prosecute those accused of rigging the bank bill swap rate so it doesn't matter if the government makes the penalties harsher for those found guilty.
NAB CEO Andrew Thorburn defended the culture of the bank he works for during the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics annual public hearing.
As the chief executives of Australia's big four banks come before a House of Representatives economics committee, we ask a panel of experts what questions the banks should be answering.
Identifying repeat offenders doesn’t have to be complicated.
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One simple measure could go a long way to cracking down on illegal activity that is now widespread in Australia.
ASIC charges businesses and individuals around A$50 million each year for company searches.
Keeping public information about companies locked up behind paywalls and maintained by private interests is not in the public interest.
Changes to life insurance commissions may reduce the incentive for advisers to churn customers through policies.
The life insurance industry has been put on notice about its commissions.
Successful rescue of a company is the ideal rather than the reality.
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The appointment of administrators too often leads to the demise of a company anyway. Salvaging rather than saving might be best.
Investors need to know if there is impairment of assets, but research shows firms don’t always disclose all the information they should about this.
Managers of well-known Australian companies are misleading investors by taking years to recognise asset impairments and not disclosing that information in financial reporting.
Research shows independent directors required by the ASX are not acting in shareholders best interest.
Research shows that having experienced shareholders that use swing trading on boards is better for business, than the independent directors required by the ASX.
Various scandals have forced the major parties in this election campaign to tackle policy on business and finance regulation.
How would each of the major parties better regulate the finance and business sectors?
ASIC hopes it will lure fintech startups from Australia and Singapore to its innovation program.
Business Briefing: ASIC tries to prevent fintech startups from becoming scammers.
ASIC is teaming up with its Singaporean counterpart to encourage more fintech startups and dip its toe into the fast moving waters of the digital economy.