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Banking & Finance
CLANCY YEATES Australia's big banks are throwing their support behind the government's plan to roll back parts of Labor's financial advice reforms.
Clancy Yeates Westpac's Australian boss Brian Hartzer says the bank's move to grow more aggressively in home loans and credit cards is starting to pay off, as household borrowing picks up.
Shaun Drummond The Reserve Bank’s decision to scrap the need for the banking regulator to oversee credit card issuers by the end of 2014 will make it cheaper for a host of competitors to bypass local banks’ card transaction fees by issuing cards directly.
Peter Eavis Are bankers' misdeeds the work of a few bad actors, or the result of a flaw that runs through the fabric of the banking industry.
Su-Lin Tan and Michael West Graham Filmer used to earn a living 30 kilometres off the coast of Corny Point in South Australia long-line fishing for sharks – mostly bronze whalers, gummies and schoolies – and catching snapper.
CBD Cameron Clyne says we're talking ourselves into a economic funk and he wants to do something about it.
CLANCY YEATES Banker who sold mortgages to 'elderly or vulnerable' customers permanently banned.
CLANCY YEATES A former Westpac banker who sold a 30-year mortgage to a 98 year-old woman has been banned from working in financial services by the corporate regulator.
CLANCY YEATES CUA says a near-record proportion of customers are taking out fixed-rate home loans.
CLANCY YEATES The country's biggest credit union, CUA, says a near record proportion of its customers are taking out fixed-rate home loans, a sign more borrowers believe the next move in official interest rates will be a rise.
GEORGIA WILKINS Consumer groups say new credit reporting rules that come into effect tomorrow could lead to borrowers being charged more interest on loans if they fail to pay their bills on time.
CLANCY YEATES Documents reveal Reserve Bank examined various options for limiting riskier lending.
CLANCY YEATES The Reserve Bank's preferred way of reining in a harmful housing credit boom would be to force banks to impose higher "buffers" to safeguard loan affordability in the event of future interest rate increases.
Clancy Yeates Soft results from big Western banks in Asia have underlined the challenging environment facing ANZ as it encounters growing competition from global lenders targeting the region.
MICHAEL WEST The single greatest policy challenge in financial markets is the hegemony of the banks.
CLANCY YEATES Westpac is reshuffling its top executive ranks, promoting finance chief Phil Coffey to the newly-created role of deputy chief executive officer, in a move that is likely to reignite speculation over who may eventually replace current boss Gail Kelly.
Clancy Yeates and James Eyers ANZ will appeal the Federal Court's controversial ruling last month that it charged "extravagant, exorbitant and unconscionable" late-payment fees on credit cards
CLANCY YEATES Bank of Queensland's credit rating has been upgraded, in a change the regional lender says will help it compete with its bigger rivals.
Stewart Oldfield Houses aren’t just any old investment, so using Australia’s residential property market an economic policy tool is a deeply flawed strategy.
CLANCY YEATES Banks are increasingly offering borrowers cold hard cash in an attempt to sign them up as mortgage customers.
CLANCY YEATES National Australia Bank has cut a range of fixed home loan interest rates, as competition in the mortgage market heats up.
ERIC JOHNSTON AMP chairman Peter Mason, who guided the financial services major through the merger with AXA, will retire, after recently flagging plans to step down as David Jones chairman.
CLANCY YEATES Three years after National Australia Bank claimed it was ''breaking up'' with its rivals, its strategy is undergoing a subtle but significant shift.
Duncan Hughes Lenders are offering double-digit discounts and decades-low fixed home loan rates.
CLANCY YEATES ANZ Bank chief executive Mike Smith has sold $17.3 million worth of shares in the bank, and will use some of the money to fund a property purchase.
Ruth Liew Perpetual has lifted its interim dividend by 60 per cent on last year's payment after profit jumped.
Ruth Liew Australia's biggest global insurer, QBE Insurance Group, reported a loss of $281 million for the year to December after its troubled US division hit earnings.
CLANCY YEATES World Bank's managing director concedes banking rules will restrict infrastructure lending.
Jessica Gardner NIB has outpaced its health insurance peers to grow its number of members at a faster rate than the industry.
Vensa Poljak Plan highlights the bank's appetite for more capital and proves companies are in no mood to snap their equity issuance binge.