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BFCSA investigates fraud involving lenders, spruikers and financial planners worldwide.  Full Doc, Low Doc, No Doc loans, Lines of Credit and Buffer loans appear to be normal profit making financial products, however, these loans are set to implode within seven years.  For the past two decades, Ms Brailey, President of BFCSA (Inc), has been a tireless campaigner, championing the cause of older and low income people around the Globe who have fallen victim to banking and finance scams.  She has found that people of all ages are being targeted by Bankers offering faulty lending products. BFCSA warn that anyone who has signed up for one of these financial products, is in grave danger of losing their home.

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Bill shock: Deutsche Bank bailout denials spark 2008 Lehman Brothers comparisons       29 September 2016   http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/banking/bill-shock-deutsche-bank-bailout-denials-spark-2008-lehman-brothers-comparisons/news-story/01f281e6beaff4e5815500f3d1b168f1       THE German government and Deutsche Bank were at pains Wednesday to quash speculation of a rescue plan for the troubled lender, in an effort to reassure investors spooked by a potentially massive US fine.  The denials came after Deutsche’s share price sank to a record low this week on reports that Germany’s biggest bank had asked Berlin for help after US authorities demanded an unaffordable $US14 billion ($18.21 billion) fine over the subprime mortgage crisis.   State aid “is not on the table”, chief executive John Cryan told Germany’s biggest-selling newspaper Bild.  But investors were further rattled when news weekly Die Zeit on Wednesday reported that German and EU officials were working on an emergency plan for Deutsche “if the worst comes to the worst”.   Germany’s finance ministry...
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ASIC bans rogue Deutsche Bank trader Andrew Donaldson for life       29 September 2016   Georgia Wilkins   http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/asic-bans-rogue-deutsche-bank-trader-andrew-donaldson-20160929-grr3ek.html     A former Deutsche Bank currency trader has been permanently banned from the industry after a series of false trades artificially boosted the bank's revenue by 28 million Euros ($40 million).     Andrew Donaldson, of Sydney, was a foreign exchange options and futures trader with the bank when he carried out the false trades in 2013 and 2014.     An investigation by the corporate watchdog revealed Mr Donaldson entered a significant number of false entries into Deutsche Bank's records designed to cover up trading losses he had suffered.     The false trades artificially boosted the bank's revenue result by approximately 28 million euros.     The Australian Securities and Investments Commission said it found that Mr Donaldson had breached financial services law by engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct and that his conduct was "extremely serious".  ...
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Why healthy banks really matter Australian Financial Review Sep 28 2016 11:45 PM Lindsay Maxsted Chairman of Westpac Banking Corporation.    Australian banks are the source of much public discussion. Given the absolute importance of banks to our economy and way of life, this debate is a vital one for the nation. Regrettably some of the commentary is ill-informed, while some is being blatantly used to frame other agendas. What is needed is a well-informed and balanced conversation about the vital role banks play in our nation's economic success and in the personal lives of each of our customers. It's fair to say the banks do not always get it right. There have been recent examples of damning behaviour. The industry has much work to do to regain public trust, and it must make every effort to do so. The scrutiny of products, practices and customer outcomes must be clear for all...
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Credit card bankruptcies could be the next banking scandal By business reporter Michael Janda WATCH THE BUSINESS TONIGHT ON ABC   Credit cards are rapidly becoming one of the most common causes of personal bankruptcy, and there are indications that the major banks have been granting inappropriate credit limits, possibly breaching responsible lending laws. Key points: Debt consolidation loans, mainly to pay off credit cards, are up 68 per cent so far this year Some customers are receiving credit limits more than twice their annual income Consumer legal service sees "at least one person a week" with card debts over $100,000   University of Canberra lecturer and former financial counsellor Gregory Mowle has interviewed 26 bankrupts as part of his PhD research into personal bankruptcy. Most finger the plastic for their financial woes. "They say credit cards are very dangerous, we don't like credit cards," Mr Mowle told ABC's The Business. "We'd...
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Who are the banks really screwing on interest rates?    26 September 2016   Michael Pascoe   http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/who-the-banks-are-really-screwing-on-interest- rates-20160925-gro9i0.html     Who are the banks screwing over most on interest rates? You probably think it's home buyers or credit   card users, but you'd be wrong.   In both of those cases, if someone is paying high rates it's most often their own fault. Generally, they   chose to do so by being too lazy to shop around and negotiate on a mortgage or, with credit cards,   because they have no idea of their own financial habits.   And it's certainly not big business which increasingly has the option of raising funds through the bond market to keep their bank finance cheap.  The mob really copping it is small business. The margin over   the cash rate banks charge small businesses soared when the GFC hit and has stayed high.   ...
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The big banks have paid out $200 million in compensation       28 September 2016   Adele Ferguson       http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/the-big-banks-have-paid-out-200-million-in-compensation-20160927-grpnlq.html       We now have a pricetag for the recent spate of "bank bastardry" – as government MP Warren Entsch has colourfully characterised a mounting litany of poor behaviour.     Figures from the corporate watchdog for the year to June 30, 2016 show more than $200 million in compensation was clawed back for customers and investors who suffered losses due to such "bastardry".     Yes, it seems compensation schemes are becoming a common occurrence after a myriad of financial scandals revealed customers were being done over in one form or another.     The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) tallied up the figures as part of a guidance note into a review and remediation conducted by Australian Financial Services Licensees (AFLS) that offer personal...
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ANZ wins Fat Cat super fund gong once again September 28, 2016   http://www.michaelwest.com.au/anz-wins-fat-cat-super-fund-gong-once-again/   Mike Smith left ANZ at the turn of the year. The bank’s share price deflated 6 per cent during his time at the helm. The centrepiece of his corporate strategy, expansion into Asia, is now unwinding. Though he was still paid almost $90 million for his eight year stint. Not bad for a taxpayer-backed job. The banks are underpinned by the Reserve Bank’s Committed Liquidity Facility, effectively a bail-out fund to prop them up if they get into strife. In light therefore of the lavish remuneration and low risk enjoyed by the country’s big bankers it is galling that ANZ seems to have done nothing to unwind its bevy of poorly performing, high-fee super funds. Unwitting customers are stuck in these things, while ANZ executives live high on the hog. Once again we unveil Stockspot’s...
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Evan Jones says Must Be Royal Commission into Major and Minor Banks.   Turnbull: Flunkey for the banking mafia   https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/turnbull-flunkey-for-the-banking-mafia,9515   As for the statement 'Banks acknowledge the problems in the industry and are taking action now to fix them' — well this is a straight-out lie. Banks are taking no action whatsoever to fix the problems. They are paying mickey-mouse compensation at best to defrauded investors or insurers. As for victimised small business or farmer customers, the banks are continuing to fight each of them doggedly with all the usual dirty tricks. No bank has a lily-white reputation. But the CBA and NAB continue to vie for top spot in the nastiness stakes. King O’Malley (national people’s bank activist), Andrew Fisher (Labor Prime Minister overseeing the creation of the CBA in 1911), Ben Chifley (member of the 1937 Napier banking inquiry and prime minister/treasurer overseeing the 1945 Banking Acts) and H C Coombs (Head of the combined commercial/regulatory Commonwealth Bank, 1949-59) would all...
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CommSec hit with $700,000 fine after falling foul of watchdog The Australian 12:00AM September 3, 2016 ·         Michael Bennet CommSec, the nation’s biggest online retail stockbroker, owned by the Commonwealth Bank, has paid $700,000 in fines after the corporate regulator found it had contravened the Corporations Act. As Labor strengthens its push for a royal commission into banks, the Australian Securities & Investments Commission yesterday revealed CommSec had failed to properly disclose to retail clients how securities orders were executed. The technical slip-ups did not affect clients financially and the bank voluntarily refunded $1.1 million in brokerage to more than 25,000 clients. In trades between August 2010 and February 2014, ASIC said CommSec failed to disclose to clients that their ­orders were executed as “crossings”, where a broker acts for the buyer and seller in a transaction. CommSec also failed to inform it had acted as a “principal” — rather than...
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Bank Royal Commission Online Petition attached   Please sign up at   https://www.change.org/p/the-senate-of-the-commonwealth-of-australia-commonwealth-bank-contempt-of-the-parliament Please also click on the link Read the Letterand then OK   The petition will be delivered to: The Hon Stephen Parry, President of the Senate of Australia   The Banks are resisting all calls for a Royal Commission… If they have nothing to hide why would they be concerned?   See what’s happening in America… “You should resign; you should be criminally investigated”   http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-20/elizabeth-warren-slams-wells-fargo-ceo-you-should-resign-you-should-be-criminally-in ᐧ Sean Butler Perth        ...
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Banks tighten advice standards ahead of parliamentary grilling Sydney Morning Herald SEPT 20 2016 - 4:43PM Georgia Wilkins   The banks will introduce new hiring standards for financial advisers as they seek to weed out 'bad apples' and head off criticism ahead of a parliamentary grilling. The Australian Bankers' Association said new hiring 'protocols' will help banks employ "only competent and ethical financial advisers" and weed out bad apples by asking certain questions during the hiring process. But victims of bad advice and consumer groups say the move fails to address systemic problems failing the banks following scandals. The big four banks will face questioning by the House of Representatives standing committee on economics next month over how they balance the needs of customers, shareholders and the broader community. It comes as Labor and the Greens continue to push for a royal commission into the financial sector. ABA executive director of...
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ASIC confirms investigation into ASX trading failure as outrage mounts Sydney Morning Herald SEPT 20 2016 - 6:42PM Jessica Sier, Vesna Poljak, Yolanda Redrup, James Eyers   The fallout from the ASX's shambolic start to the trading week has deepened with the federal government and market leaders demanding an explanation. Normal trading was restored on Tuesday after a hardware failure one day earlier forced a late start and an early close of business and an inability to open the full market.  "It was a very serious issue [Monday] and ASIC will be investigating," federal Treasurer Scott Morrison told 2GB radio. "They'll be doing that review and they'll be reporting back to me on this issue. This was a very unfortunate incident. "But it's been five years, I understand since something like that has happened with the ASX." It is the most serious failure in the ASX's systems since its outage of...
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CBA, Westpac, ANZ suffer as S&P cuts ratings The Australian 12:00am September 21, 2016 Michael Bennet Credit Ratings effect the Cost of Debt Three of the major banks have suffered a fresh credit ratings blow after Standard & Poor’s lowered their insurance arms, concerned about weaker -financial support amid asset sales and major reviews of operations. After National Australia Bank and Macquarie Group offloaded their life insurance businesses in the past year, S&P yesterday claimed various wealth businesses owned by Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and ANZ may also not be “core” to the groups. “In particular — contrary to our previously held view — we now consider that these entities may be severed from the parent banking groups, and operated as or sold on as ongoing businesses,” S&P analysts led by Sharad Jain said. “Consequently, we no longer consider that financial support from the parent groups, if needed, will be absolute and...
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Outgoing RBA chief Stevens has the last word on property: Don't worry Australian Financial Review Sep 20 2016 5:43 PM Jacob Greber   The Reserve Bank of Australia has downplayed fears of a property bubble, saying housing market conditions have eased since last year because of a regulatory crackdown on investors and a surge in apartment construction. In the minutes of Glenn Stevens' final meeting as Reserve Bank governor two weeks ago, the central bank also signalled that interest rates look likely to remain stable over coming months after two cuts this year. Reiterating its now standard warning that any gains in the currency "could complicate" the economy's post resources boom adjustment, the central bank described the transition as "well advanced". The remarks show that the RBA has retained its very soft "easing bias" but looks less inclined to deliver any near-term official interest rate cuts. Chances of another rate cut...
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Chris Bowen's blunt housing crisis prediction Sydney Morning Herald SEPT 21 2016 - 11:50PM James Massola   Australia has become "a nation that can no longer house its own children", Labor's Chris Bowen has warned, with soaring home prices cutting young people out of the market and a generation facing a crisis in affordability. And Mr Bowen says the growing wealth of the super-rich one per cent - and the relative decline in middle-class incomes - has caused the surging popularity of nativist parties like the Nick Xenophon Team and Pauline Hanson's One Nation, Donald Trump in the United States and the success of the "Brexit" campaign. "We can't expect middle-income earners to support globalisation and outward-looking policies when they can see scant evidence that it is working primarily for them," he will say. In a major speech to the McKell Institute in Melbourne on Thursday, obtained by Fairfax Media, the...
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FSI member Kevin Davis warns of bank hybrid risks Australian Financial ReviewSep 21 2016 11:45 PM James Eyers   Retail investors may be underestimating the risks of bank hybrid instruments being converted into equity by the regulator in a crisis, a move that could lead to a run on bank deposits, says one of the members of the financial system inquiry committee, Professor Kevin Davis. Well over half the buyers of the $30 billion of bank hybrids listed on the ASX since 2011 are retail investors but Professor Davis, the research director at the Australian Centre for Financial Studies, says the securities – which can be converted to equity by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority – are complex and their fair value is "well-nigh impossible". "There is something paradoxical in regulatory requirements inducing banks to issue extremely complex and difficult to value securities – particularly when a large part of the...
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Home owners falling behind despite economic growth The Australian 12:00am September 20, 2016 Michael Bennet   Record high underemployment across the nation is taking a toll on the $1.5 trillion mortgage market as more borrowers fall behind on repayments in the second quarter, according to credit ratings agency Fitch. As the spring property season ramps up, Fitch yesterday revealed mortgage arrears rose a “surprising” four basis points to 1.14 per cent in the second quarter despite several economic indicators suggesting the economy is travelling well. “The increase comes as a surprise given the strong economic environment, appreciating housing market and low interest rates,” Fitch said. “Fitch believes the worsening arrears may be due to high underemployment, despite falling unemployment. “A slowdown in the mining sector, which has spilled over into regional areas in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory may have also affected borrowers. Fitch expects 90-plus days arrears to...
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ATO’s push for data sharing among agencies stirs privacy fears The Australian 12:00am September 19, 2016   The Australian Taxation Office is pushing for a review of confidentiality rules that restrict the sharing of personal data across government, warning some of the laws are decades old. In a move that has reignited privacy concerns, the tax office has declared there should be ¬efforts to “broaden the social ¬licence for the increased sharing of confidential government data-going forward”. The call comes as the Australian Securities & Investments Commission has also pushed to widen the scope of sensitive data it secures from other government agencies, insisting it would benefit from “rapid access” to bankruptcy records, travel movements and criminal history. In a submission to a Productivity Commission inquiry into data ordered by Scott Morrison, the tax office has argued for modernised rules on confidentiality as a way to deal with the rapid changes...
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Bankers should have been locked up http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/business-spectator/commentary/bankers-should-have-been-locked-up/news-story/108fd4622f35a7c100acdd8ea8a89637·           Alan Kohler Editor-at-large, The Australian Business Review Melbourne @AlanKohler Every year on the anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, there’s a spasm of outrage that all the bankers who caused the 2008 crisis got away with it, and with each year that passes the outrage gets a bit stronger. That’s because most of the regulatory response has been misplaced, focusing on capital adequacy when the problem is the aggressive sales culture of banks leading, in some cases, to fraud. And the most obvious symptom of that misplaced regulation has been the failure to prosecute any bankers for fraud out of the crisis — only innocent shareholders have been punished, through fines and demands for more capital, which have reduced profits and share prices. Meanwhile, every year the public clamour for some accountability grows. This year, there are even calls for a Royal...
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Bank chiefs face three-hour grilling in public inquiry Australian Financial ReviewSep 15 2016 9:09 PM Fleur Anderson   The chief executives of the four major banks will be grilled for three hours each in front of a parliamentary inquiry which will challenge the banks' market power. With the big four dominating the top four positions by market capitalisation on the Australian Stock Exchange – worth almost $400 billion collectively and backed by the deposit guarantee  - the chief executives will be asked to explain their business practices. From the government's perspective, the major banks must face greater parliamentary scrutiny given their competitive advantage over smaller rivals since the government's debt guarantee was introduced during the global financial crisis and the ongoing deposit guarantee. Letters outlining a proposed 12 hours of testimony in the first week of October have been sent to chief executives, which has annoyed Labor members who said they...
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DOWN WITH PENSIONERS BEING FORCED TO TURN THEIR HOME EQUITY INTO DEBT - This Latest Thought Bubble from Zillionnaire Prime Minister Malcolm is BEYOND ALL DECENCY.   This Policy must be vigorously campaigned against lest all home-owners end up with no home.....because that is the latest plan.   All those who voted for Conservative Politics will realise Liberals have become an Elitist Bankers Party. Bankers have been busy "asset-stripping" already by using spruikers, but now Bankers will use Government to issue "new rules" to force you to lose your home.   He will force you to buy REVERSE MORTGAGES from bankers of course.   Malcolm Turnbull is determined man who will smile nicely as he aids Bankers to steal your main asset: your home.   This wretched PM wishes to ROB THE POOR and hand those funds/assets to the Wealthy Elites. Time to Get Active..................   I Malcolm really so...
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The family home is the next stage of retirement policy beyond superannuation Australian Financial Review Sep 16 2016 12:00 AM Patricia Pascuzzo   The deal struck on the federal government's superannuation package represents an important step towards ensuring greater fairness and fiscal sustainability. However, superannuation represents only one component of the retirement income system, alongside the age pension and housing. If Australians are to have adequate income in retirement, policy needs to look beyond the superannuation system and consider how all the components of the retirement income system work together. Research shows that even under a mature superannuation system, most people won't have saved enough to meet their aged-care costs and will have retirement income well below a comfortable level. People on average full-time incomes will struggle to have a comfortable retirement unless they make voluntary contributions to superannuation. The combination of an ageing population and increasing life expectancy increases the...
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Apartment market is sinking fast The Australian 9:11am September 15, 2016 Robert Gottliebsen   Look out from Sydney Tower’s restaurant or Melbourne’s Eureka Tower and you see a large number of cranes completing apartment developments across the skyline. There are fewer cranes now than six months ago but the numbers are still substantial. But on the ground, underneath most of those cranes, a drama is taking place because there has truly been a substantial change in the Sydney and Melbourne markets. The NSW, Victorian and Federal governments, the Reserve Bank, APRA, the chiefs to the top four banks and the general public don’t yet fully appreciate what these dramas will means for the NSW, Victorian and national economies. But they’ll soon learn. Nor do they fully understand that their separate actions are set to change the Australian economy. But they will. Those who read this commentary may understand what is happening...
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CBA fined for wrongly approving nearly 10,000 credit overdrafts in 'system error' Sydney Morning Herald SEPT. 14 2016 - 1:20PM Clancy Yeates   Commonwealth Bank wrongly gave overdrafts to almost 10,000 people after its systems assumed customers applying for credit had no housing expenses and unrealistically low living costs. The "system error," which has cost the bank $180,000 in fines and forced it to write off $2.5 million, also meant some customers were approved for a personal overdraft despite telling the bank their expenses exceeded their income. The bank said affected customers would not have to repay debts resulting from the overdraft glitch, writing off $227 per customer, on average.   The Australian Securities and Investments Commission on Wednesday said the country's biggest bank had breached responsible lending laws, because of flaws in an automated calculator used to approve customers for overdrafts. The error means that for more than four years,...
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Banks brace for ‘free-for-all’ at House committee hearing The Australian 12:00am September 15, 2016 Richard Gluyas   The first parliamentary grilling of the major bank chiefs has been set down for the first week of October, as the Turnbull government seeks to wrest the initiative from Bill Shorten and his popular call for a banking royal commission. It is understood the chief executives have been told to set aside October 4, 5 and 6 to appear ¬before the House of Representatives economics committee. Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison have said the banks would have to give a “a full ¬account of the way in which they are managing their affairs, their dealings with customers and their interest rate policy”. However, a senior banker said everyone was expecting a “complete free-for-all”. “It’s not designed to get to the bottom of any issue apart from roughing us up,” the banker said. “They’ll be...
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