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  • BFCSA Members sent in 400 letters and evidence of fraud to CORRUPT ASIC re 2012 Mortgage Fraud.

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    BFCSA Members sent in 400 letters and evidence of fraud to CORRUPT ASIC re 2012 Mortgage Fraud.  ASIC told Parliament in evidence: NO SYSTEMIC issues in banking and mortgages.................................................. BFCSA Members AGREE that ASIC cannot be trusted to handle consumer complaints.  Collectively we have amassed mountains of evidence of the corruption if ASIC, sustained over 8 - 10 years.  ASIC protected the Bankers and demonised Consumers and Borrowers.  I personally had over 30 meetings with ASIC executives for over 19 years.  The Commissioners have been fully briefed.  ASIC should have been asking BFCSA/RECA discover the Australian Bankers Control Fraud and Mortgage Fraud.   BREAKING NEWS.....TODAY! ASIC have told the Senate committee on Wednesday that it's finally decided to 'look into' mortgage fraud and see for themsleves "how wide spread it really is!!!"  This is despite ASIC's blatant lies to the Senate, time and again: "we can see no evidence of systemic issues!" CORRUPT ASIC have sat on a mass...
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  • FBAA defends commission model to Senate inquiry

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    FBAA defends commission model to Senate inquiry   1 May 2017   Annie Kane   https://www.theadviser.com.au/breaking-news/36012-flat-fee-model-could-lead-to-poor-consumer-outcomes-fbaa   The industry association has defended the current broker commission model to the Senate economics references committee and warned that switching to a flat fee model could lead to “extremely poor consumer outcomes”.   At a public hearing in Sydney last week, the executive director of the Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA), Peter White, was questioned on the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) report into remuneration and whether there were any poor consumer outcomes happening in the broker sector.   Touching on the ASIC recommendation that lenders “change their standard commission arrangements so that brokers are not incentivised purely on the size of the loan”, the senate questioned whether fees for service, rather than commissions, would be a suitable alternative.  However, Mr White told the senators that this would not be in the best interest of the...
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  • Record numbers under mortgage stress

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    Record numbers under mortgage stress   1 May 2017 Duncan Hughes http://www.afr.com/personal-finance/record-numbers-under-mortgage-stress-20170501-gvw2vt Record numbers of Australian households face mortgage stress as large loans and rising interest rates start to bite, according to detailed analysis of lending, repayments and household incomes. Affluent suburban postcodes feature among an estimated 1000 households a week expected to face mortgage default over the next 12 months, the analysis reveals. "Debt stress momentum is unprecedented," according to Martin North, principal of research firm Digital Finance Analytics, who has been doing the survey for more than 15 years.  "This is not just about mortgage battlers. It is also hitting the households with bigger incomes and more leverage. It is worrisome," Mr North said. Numbers of borrowers in severe distress has increased by about one-third to about 32,000 in the past 12 months, he said.  Concern that 767,000 households – or one-in-four across the nation – are facing financial distress...
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  • ASIC admits product manufacturers try to shift blame

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    ASIC admits product manufacturers try to shift blame   1 May 2017   Mike Taylor   http://www.moneymanagement.com.au/news/financial-planning/asic-admits-product-manufacturers-try-shift-blame   The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has acknowledged that product manufacturers have too often blamed distributors such as financial planners when product failures have occurred.   ASIC deputy chairman, Peter Kell has told the Senate Economics Committee inquiry into consumer protection in the banking, insurance and financial sector that such instances have occurred over many years.   Explaining why ASIC was pursuing a product intervention power, Kell said there had been an unwillingness on the part of product manufacturers to take responsibility.   Related News:   ·         Investment leaders need to transform their business   ·         Average 3.8 days for approval to go off APL   “… one of the problems we have typically encountered over many years in this sector is that if something goes wrong you often have the product...
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  • 300,000 Victorian households struggling to meet repayments

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    300,000 Victorian households struggling to meet repayments Michael Mata 28 April 2017 http://www.yourmortgage.com.au/article/300000-victorian-households-struggling-to-meet-repayments-235555.aspx   Hundreds of thousands of Victorian households are under mortgage stress, and many more would be pushed to the brink of defaulting on their loans if banks continue to hike their interest rates, warns consulting firm Digital Finance Analytics (DFA).  Some 300,000 Victorian homeowners are struggling to meet their mortgage repayments – a figure that would nearly double if interest rates were to rise by 2%. As the Turnbull government scrambles to tackle the housing affordability crisis in the upcoming May budget, economists warn that rising interest rates would hurt those who’re barely holding onto the property ladder.  Modelling produced by the DFA shows that property-owning, working-class families in Narre Warren, Craigieburn, Endeavour Hills, and Berwick are facing the most acute mortgage stress. Even a mere 0.5% interest-rate rise would put an additional 50,000 owner-occupiers and investors...
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  • BFCSA: What Would it Cost a Country to Leave the Euro? That’s What Everyone Suddenly Wants to Know

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    You wouldn’t want to have your money tied up in Australian bank's   shonky hydrid bonds!    No wonder it’s back to re-financing and securitisation!    What Would it Cost a Country to Leave the Euro? That’s What Everyone Suddenly Wants to Know by Wolf Richter • Feb 7, 2017    http://wolfstreet.com/2017/02/07/what-would-it-cost-a-country-to-leave-the-euro-thats-what-everyone-suddenly-wants-to-know/   It’s the closest the Eurozone has come to falling apart. Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front, will get enough votes in April during the first round of the French presidential election but will be defeated in the second-round runoff in May, according to the polls. So at least hopes the French political class, and by extension the European establishment. They’re hoping Le Pen would be defeated because she is campaigning on taking France out of the euro (after holding a referendum) and re-denominating the entire €2.4 trillion pile of French government debt into new franc....
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  • BFCSA: UK Bank fraud victims - Banks pick and choose which victims to compensate via FOS

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    Sound familiar In Australia?  Doesn’t take much to know why our banks now all have internal customer advocates to control what suits them to investigate internally and what suits them to be investigated by the FOS!   Hope for bank fraud victims: 'We were robbed of £47,000 – but the ombudsman took our side' 3 September 2016 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/hope-for-bank-fraud-victims-we-were-robbed-of-47000--but-the-omb/   In what could be a breakthrough ruling for victims of banking fraud, the financial ombudsman is to order a high street bank to repay an elderly couple who lost tens of thousands of pounds in a conveyancing scam. The ombudsman, which settles disputes between customers and financial services firms, will tell Lloyds Bank to repay £47,508 plus interest to Donald Kelly, a retired professor, and his wife, Patricia. Its decision was based on what Lloyds knew about the fraudsters. Banks are supposed to check the credentials of all customers when they open an...
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  • BFCSA: Complete list of Wall Street CEOs prosecuted for their role in the financial crisis

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    Bad business decisions are not a criminal offence but selling stolen goods off the back of a truck is...i.e. the real crime is securitisation...   This is a complete list of Wall Street CEOs prosecuted for their role in the financial crisis   By Neil Irwin Wonkblog September 12, 2013   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/09/12/this-is-a-complete-list-of-wall-street-ceos-prosecuted-for-their-role-in-the-financial-crisis/   Five years after Lehman fell, taking the global economy along with it, a roll call of Wall Street CEOs serving time for their role in the crisis looks something like this: Thanks, Dangerz0ne.   So, yeah. Zero Wall Street CEOs are in jail. But we did promise you a list:   1. No one. 2. LOL. 3. Wall Street's lawyers are amazing. 4. Etc. Etc. It's not that federal government tried to prosecute a bunch of them but lost the cases. There were no serious efforts at criminal prosecutions at all. Which isn't to say nobody is in jail....
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  • BFCSA: Standards and Poor admit: pursuit of profits to bias its ratings. People Risk ignored

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    Does the S&P Settlement change EVERYTHING? 16 February 2015 https://peopleriskmanagement.com/2015/02/16/does-the-sp-settlement-change-everything/ The S& P saga rumbles on. Having been hammered by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in January [1], S&P has received a knock-out blow, and a $1.375 billion fine, from the US Department of Justice and 20 State governments [2]. And in what might the first of many private actions, S&P also reached a separate $125 million settlement with the huge pension fund California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CALPERS) [3]. What has received little publicity, however, are the implications of the S&P settlement with regard to Corporate Governance, in general, and Codes of Conduct in particular. In justifying the huge fine, the Justice Department said that “as part of the resolution, S&P admitted facts demonstrating that it misrepresented itself to investors and the public, allowing the pursuit of profits to bias its ratings”. In the many fines against banks,...
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  • BFCSA: Wells Fargo CEO resigns amid "a “criminal enterprise” while dodging any accountability.

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    Wells Fargo CEO resigns, bank president succeeds   Published time: 12 Oct, 2016 21:59 Edited time: 12 Oct, 2016 22:06   https://www.rt.com/usa/362564-wells-fargo-ceo-john-stumpf-resigns/   Chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo & Co. John Stumpf has retired under pressure amid a scandal involving fraudulent sales tactics. Some two million accounts were created without customers’ permission. President and COO Timothy J. Sloan will replace him.   Stumpf stepped down from both of his leadership posts Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person close to the situation.   Wells Fargo, which until recently had been the most valuable big bank in the US for years, settled a lawsuit with regulators and a city official last month for $185 million.   To meet sales quotas, the bank created accounts for unwitting customers, some of whom paid fines and fees on them. It is estimated that millions of customers were impacted. More than 5,000 Wells...
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  • BFCSA: Interest-only borrowers brace for mortgage crunch

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    Interest-only borrowers brace for mortgage crunch Australian Financial ReviewJan 17 2018 11:00 PM Duncan Hughes   EXCLUSIVE  Queensland property investor Peter Button "grabbed the profit and ran" when his interest-only loan expired and he realised that refinancing would trigger a hefty increase in repayments. "I saw a refinancing issue coming over the horizon, it was easier to just get rid of it," said Mr Button who recently sold his two-bedroom apartment in the Brisbane CBD. But he's one of the lucky ones. Thousands of home owners face a looming financial crunch as $60 billion of interest-only loans written at the height of the property boom reset at higher rates and terms, over the next four years. Monthly repayments on a typical $1 million mortgage could increase by more than 50 per cent as borrowers start repaying the principal on their loans, stretching budgets and increasing the risk of financial distress. "The...
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  • BFCSA: ASIC cracks down on junk insurance sold by car dealers

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    Royal commissioner Kenneth Hayne is forcing at least eight insurers to air a decade of dirty laundry ahead of his inquiry, including QBE Insurance, IAG, Suncorp, Allianz Australia, Zurich Australia, Westpac Insurance, CommInsure and ANZ’s OnePath Insurance.   ASIC cracks down on junk insurance sold by car dealers The Australian 12:00am January 18, 2018 Ben Butler, Michael Roddan   The banking royal commission will be urged to look into worthless “add-on” insurance sold by car dealers — usually in return for hefty commissions — after action by the corporate regulator that has so far clawed back more than $120 million in refunds for ripped-off consumers. Both Allianz, which yesterday agreed to pay $46.5m in compensation to more than 68,000 customers who bought the dud product, and the Consumer Action Law Centre, which has been campaigning on the issue, said they would include add-on ­insurance in their submissions to the royal commission....
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  • BFCSA: What kind of company sells a dud like this to its customers?

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    What kind of company sells a dud like this to its customers? Sydney Morning Herald Jan 18 2018 - 7:44am Peter Kell Peter Kell is Deputy (and currently Acting) Chairman of ASIC   It is tempting to wonder why a person might pay more than $6000 for insurance cover that was capped at a maximum payout of $6000 – or why someone would buy an insurance policy under which they were never eligible to make a claim. But the real question should be why a company would treat its own customers that way by selling them such a policy? There can be no justification for such behaviour. Unfortunately, ASIC has found these practices are all too common in the add-on insurance sector – and we are determined to see them disappear. Too many consumers have simply not understood what they were being sold. We have commenced a two-stage strategy of seeking...
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  • BFCSA: Chinese property buyers disappear in 'perfect storm'

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    Chinese property buyers disappear in 'perfect storm' Australian Financial Review Jan 17 2018 11:00 PM Su-Lin Tan   Major Chinese developers have warned that the decline in foreign buyers in the residential property market has reached critically low levels as taxes and credit restrictions all but collapse demand. They said foreign buyers have dwindled to as low as 1 per cent of off the plan sales, down from close to 40 per cent two years ago, and as a result the total residential market could shrink by up to 20 per cent. The countrywide increase in penalties on foreign buyers - South Australia was the latest state to introduce a 7 per cent surcharge on January 1 - at the same time as banks slash lending and China imposed more capital controls have kept foreign buyers away. "From our point of view, they [foreign buyers] are disappearing severely. The banking policies,...
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  • BFCSA: Fraud and scandals costing DIY super funds billions

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    Fraud and scandals costing DIY super funds billions Sydney Morning Herald Jan 20 2018 - 12:15am John Collett   EXCLUSIVE  The true cost of fraud and financial misconduct for the one million Australians who run their own super funds is more than $100 billion over the past 10 years, a new report suggests. That's more than three times higher than the $30 billion in publicly reported losses from financial misconduct and fraud for the 10 years to June 30, 2017. Superannuation research firm Rainmaker has calculated the damage is actually $103 billion once you include the loss of investment returns from no longer having the money to invest. DIY super funds are increasingly popular because many people want the flexibility to invest in a wide range of assets, including property. Tax Office records show more than a million self-managed super funds (SMSFs) held more than $700 billion in assets on June...
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  • BFCSA: A little laugh for all whistleblowers

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    YES FOLKS  Its illegal to expose the things that public servants and their puppet masters have been illegally engaging in.  If you are a public servant whistleblower and you try and expose your Mindless Masters for corruption and illegal activity, you will be the one hanged...................Should we bring back the STOCKS in Martin Place?  No not the ASX stocks..........................old fashioned naming and shaming in public square!...
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  • BFCSA: Cartoon - Suspend Bank Licenses

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    Suspend Bank Licenses
    If the Australian public's demands for a Royal Commission into the Australian banking sector are going to be ignored, the power to demand the truth will be felt at the coming election.   As the old saying goes, give them enough rope.... ...
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  • BFCSA: Homeless People or Peopleless Homes?

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    Homeless
    Is this really what we want to see across Australia? Royal Commission into the Australian Banking sector, with broad terms of reference!  
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  • BFCSA: Cartoon #1

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    3 Wise Monkeys
    We now have a resident cartoonist and will be sharing cartoons with you on a regular basis.  We all need a good LAF from time to time. "3 Wise Monkey" ...
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  • BFCSA; Brokers cry fowl after being caught out by PETTY CASH scammer.

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    Dear members For once the shoe is on the other foot, in the online magazine 'The Advisor" ( just google it) brokers and advisors are whinging and bleating poor me after being caught out by a former financial industry person turned scammer. When I first started reading the article I assumed it must of  been large sums of money but no it sums of a thousand dollars or less. These poor souls are calling on everyone from ASIC to the police to act to bring this known fraudster to account, they are victims of fraud and want the courts to act. Well, well welcome to our world and we aren't talking little piddling amounts of less than a thousand dollars, we're talking in excess of a million dollars in some cases. The irony of this story is a lot of these people are the very people we trusted and yet they...
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