A leading business group has urged the big banks to pass on a cut in the official interest rate to their borrowers in full.
Tony Featherstone Picture this: a family-owned retailer has a $40-million bank loan. The founder has had a good relationship with his banker for years, watched footy with him, and met the bank’s CEO at functions.
Eric Johnston Small to mid-sized business is again emerging as the key battleground for banks to build their lending book as the mortgage market cools.
Clancy Yeates Banks are squeezing small business customers with higher fees and fatter margins, the Reserve Bank says, while competition between lenders has fallen.
The big four banks are doing all they can to win over mid-sized businesses but bank satisfaction ratings among that segment have either dropped or are static, research shows.
Clancy Yeates Small-business customers have received the least benefit from the latest cycle of interest-rate cuts, new figures show, despite moves by the major banks to target the SME market.
Eric Johnston The online shopping boom spawns a surge in credit card fraud, with about one in 15 Australian adults becoming victims last year and total losses blowing out to a record $278 million.
Tony Kaye Having a better relationship with your bank could save you if push comes to shove. Here's how to do it.
Larissa Ham A peak retail body has urged banks to pass on yesterday's interest rate cut to small and medium-sized enterprises.
Eric Johnston and Peter Martin Borrowers face further pain, with Commonwealth and NAB expected to review mortgage, business rates.
Max Newnham Q. We have incurred a debt to the ATO of more than $100,000. The interest is making it nearly impossible to pay off.
Gareth Hutchens Outpouring of criticism and bank bashing replaced with total lack of reaction.
Chris Zappone Confidence among smaller businesses has tumbled to levels not seen since the global financial crisis, with worries about fuel costs, cash flow and interest rates weighing on sentiment.
Mark Bouris The truth is that you can't influence a rate cut, but you can look for a better deal.
Tony Kaye Insolvencies across Australia's small business sector are soaring, with the number of companies placed into administration at the highest since 1999.
Jim Vrondas Jim Vrondas explains how to find a long-term plan that cushions a business.
Chris Zappone RBA slashes rates by the most since the GFC in a bid to reignite growth in the sagging economy.
Christopher Niesche Businesses trying to attract investors need to have a sales pitch for their company as well as their products.
Alexandra Cain Most small business owners still rely on their accountant rather than their lawyer, bank, business coach or financial planner, according to a survey of Australasian small business owners.