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The COVID-19 economic crisis shows we need a better way to fund  SMEs.

The COVID-19 economic crisis shows we need a better way to fund SMEs.

Many small business owners are already in dire financial straits and sadly it will get worse when the life support provided by JobKeeper and bank forbearance is turned off in September. The Covid-19 economic crisis has highlighted deficiencies in the way SMEs are able to access debt finance primarily through the big four banks. This […]

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The $90b Term Funding Facility for SMEs is a litmus test for the big banks.

The $90b Term Funding Facility for SMEs is a litmus test for the big banks.

The TFF is a timely and essential initiative that could be the key to helping thousands of small businesses avoid bankruptcy. The Government is putting a huge amount a faith in the banks’ ability and willingness to step up to the plate. They can’t compel them to lend but by providing the TFF they have […]

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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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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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Will the new Banking Code of Practice make any difference to SMEs?

Will the new Banking Code of Practice make any difference to SMEs?

The ABA has just released its new and improved Code of Banking Practice, the fourth version since 1993. But bank behaviour has not improved over this time which lends weight to the view these codes are not worth the paper they are written on. So it would be understandable, but unfortunate, if SMEs thought this […]

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