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The Government is barking up the wrong tree with SME loan scheme “enhancements”

The Government is barking up the wrong tree with SME loan scheme “enhancements”

After three months, just 4 per cent of the $40b available under this scheme has found its way into the hands of SMEs. Recognising this the Government has decided on three enhancements. 1. The term of guaranteed loans can be increased from three to five years. 2. SMEs can now borrow up to $1m from […]

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The Commonwealth should buy Judo Bank.

The Commonwealth should buy Judo Bank.

As a nation we cannot continue to rely on privately owned banks to achieve public outcomes like supporting the vital SME sector. When push comes to shove, banks will always act in the best interests of their shareholders – and so they should. What we need is a government owned SME bank that can improve […]

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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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The Government must act now to avert the collapse of small businesses.

The Government must act now to avert the collapse of small businesses.

Tens of thousands of small businesses are facing imminent collapse as revenues tank and they run out of cash. Urgent action is required to avert the disastrous consequences which will follow. Sensible government intervention like travel bans should flatten the coronavirus curve but we need to also need to flatten the curve of small business […]

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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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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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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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How the fall out from the Royal Commission will affect you

How the fall out from the Royal Commission will affect you

I got it wrong when I predicted the Royal Commission wouldn’t amount to much. As a hardened 25 year career banker even I’ve been dismayed by the revelations. There will be more to come later next month when the RC turns its attention to SMEs, but the ramifications from the RC will be far reaching […]

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The APRA Inquiry creates the opportunity for CBA to turn from laggard to leader in culture and governance.

The APRA Inquiry creates the opportunity for CBA to turn from laggard to leader in culture and governance.

A truism learned from a career inside and outside banking is “you may win a battle with a bank but you’ll never win a war”. But big and powerful banks, accustomed to getting their way with customers, seem to be finally coming to the realization that they are not going to win the public opinion […]

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