2020 looms as a watershed year for the big banks.

2020 looms as a watershed year for the big banks.

And after the astounding Royal Commission revelations, we thought it couldn’t get any worse for the big banks! Twelve months ago in my wrap up of the Royal Commission I concluded with the comment “2018 has been an “annus horribilus” for the big banks and 2019 is shaping up as being at least as challenging”. […]

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Is the Australian Business Securitisation Fund a real solution to the funding woes of SMEs or just another political stunt?

Is the Australian Business Securitisation Fund a real solution to the funding woes of SMEs or just another political stunt?

The last piece of legislation passed before the previous Morrison Government went to the polls was the Australian Business Securitisation Fund (ABSF) Bill which makes $2b available to SME lenders over the next four years to kick start the development of a market for securitised SME loans. Will the ABSF which is administered by the […]

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Prospa shows why small businesses need non-bank SME lenders but challenges still remain

Prospa shows why small businesses need non-bank SME lenders but challenges still remain

The continued impressive growth achieved by Prospa post last year’s aborted IPO coinciding with the fall out from the Banking Royal Commission highlights just how important non-bank lenders have become for the future of Australian small businesses. Prospa is the dominant player in the online small business lending sector and the first to IPO. The […]

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Borrowing from a fintech lender

Borrowing from a fintech lender

We are pleased to publish this easy to understand and independent guide to what SMEs need to know when considering whether to borrow from a fintech lender. Fintechs are playing an increasingly important role in enabling SMEs to access funds to maintain and grow their businesses but borrowing from a fintech is different to borrowing […]

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Kenneth Hayne got it wrong on mortgage brokers

Kenneth Hayne got it wrong on mortgage brokers

In the two weeks since the release of the final report into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation & Financial Services Industry, rather bizarrely the most contentious recommendation deals not with bank misconduct but mortgage broker remuneration. This was primarily a Royal Commission into misconduct by the big four banks and they were lambasted by Kenneth […]

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The Royal Commission Report – Short term pain for SMEs should be followed by long term gains

The Royal Commission Report – Short term pain for SMEs should be followed by long term gains

The extensive media coverage of the Royal Commission’s findings contain very few references to the SME sector. This is possibly because the report contains only six recommendations, four of which relate solely to the farming sector. We briefly discuss these recommendations then explain why for the foreseeable future SMEs can expect continued pain before exploring […]

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The Wash Up from the Royal Commission. Part 4 in a 4 part series – “This is the Royal Commission we had to have”

The Wash Up from the Royal Commission. Part 4 in a 4 part series – “This is the Royal Commission we had to have”

This fourth and final article reviews the tumultuous last six months and looks to the future as we await Commissioner Hayne’s final report. But first a quick re-cap. When the hearings began, most of us had little idea of lay ahead. Not so for Commissioner Kenneth Hayne and his team, lead by loyal lieutenants Rowena […]

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The Wash Up from the Royal Commission. Part 3 in a 4 part series – “How Macquarie gave the big four a lesson in banking”

The Wash Up from the Royal Commission. Part 3 in a 4 part series – “How Macquarie gave the big four a lesson in banking”

Part III in this four part series the “Wash up from the Royal Commission” looks at how the CBA, ANZ, Westpac and Macquarie fared at the RC and identifies five lessons which the big four banks can learn from Macquarie. CBA In October 2017, two months before the Royal Commission was announced, APRA commissioned an […]

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The Wash Up from the Royal Commission. Part 2 in a 4 part series – “How NAB lost its way”

The Wash Up from the Royal Commission. Part 2 in a 4 part series – “How NAB lost its way”

Part II in this four part series is based on my 25 years in NAB’s frontline business, corporate and retail banking network as well as conversations with current and former customers and staff. I left NAB in 2008 so I am unable to rely on personal experience to opine on events after this time. This […]

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The Wash Up from the Royal Commission. Part 1 in a 4 part series – “How much responsibility should the Chairman & CEO bear for NAB’s plight?” NAB’s

The Wash Up from the Royal Commission. Part 1 in a 4 part series – “How much responsibility should the Chairman & CEO bear for NAB’s plight?” NAB’s

Very few saw the Royal Commission steam train coming. Australia is indebted to Commissioner Kenneth Hayne and his team for bringing into the open how and why Australia’s banks have lost their way. We can only speculate what would have happened without this inquiry. As former career banker I have been mesmerised by the goings […]

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