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  • BFCSA: NAB chief tells inquiry banks started ‘drifting’ from customers 20 years ago

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    NAB chief tells inquiry banks started ‘drifting’ from customers 20 years ago Andrew Thorburn says he is ashamed of how National Australia Bank has behaved in recent years https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/19/nab-chief-tells-inquiry-banks-started-drifting-from-customers-20-years-ago The National Australia Bank chief executive, Andrew Thorburn, has conceded that problems began seeping into the country’s banking industry two decades ago. He says that when he entered banking 30 years ago, he was taught that banks existed to serve customers, but the industry started to “drift” in the late 1990s and he was ashamed of how NAB had behaved in recent years. It means two-thirds of his banking career has been spent in an industry drifting away from customers. “When I started in banking, it was serving customers, [that] was what was drilled into us [about] why we existed,” Thorburn said on Friday.  It is greed that has led Australian banks to steal from dead people Richard Denniss     Read...
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  • BFCSA: CBA mulled warning dead customers about fees in product disclosure statement

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    CBA mulled warning dead customers about fees in product disclosure statement Australian Financial Review Aug 15 2018 4:14 PM James Frost   The Commonwealth Bank's superannuation trustee, Avanteos Investments Limited, considered covering its tracks over the charging of dead people for financial advice by updating its product disclosure statement (PDS), the Hayne royal commission heard. Counsel assisting Michael Hodge, QC, was questioning Colonial First State's executive general manager Linda Elkins about a range of conflicts within the bank's superannuation trustee business, including the charging of dead customers for financial advice. Ms Elkins explained that following revelations that the bank's financial advisers had been charging dead customers for financial advice back in April, a review of the bank's superannuation arm took place which revealed it was charging dead superannuation customers as far back as 2015. Ms Elkins said that in a review conducted this year, it was found that a way to...
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  • BFCSA: Suncorp used 'tax surplus' for admin rather than return money to members

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    Suncorp used 'tax surplus' for admin rather than return money to members Sydney Morning Herald 14 August 2018 5:53am Clancy Yeates   Suncorp's superannuation trustee used tax refunds within funds to purchase administrative services from other parts of the financial conglomerate, instead of returning the money to members as many funds do, the royal commission heard. As part of its scrutiny of superannuation trustees, the Hayne royal commission on Monday afternoon turned its attention to how Suncorp used what it called a "tax surplus." This referred to member funds that were collected for taxation purposes, but the fund ended up with a surplus because of deductions. Senior counsel assisting the commission, Michael Hodge QC, questioned Maurizio Pinto, the head of the office of the trustee within Suncorp Portfolio Services Limited (SPSL), about the arrangement, and the monitoring of the services provided. Mr Hodge said "many" other super funds dealt with a...
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  • BFCSA: Banking royal commission: super rip-offs, gouging revealed

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    Banking royal commission: super rip-offs, gouging revealed The Australian 12:00am August 7, 2018 Ben Butler, Elizabeth Redman, Michael Roddan   Australians are being ripped off by super fund trustees “surrounded by temptation” to do the wrong thing with the $2.6 trillion retirement savings pile, while regulators are failing to search out and punish bad behaviour, the banks royal commission has heard. In one example of fee gouging outlined at the royal commission yesterday, NAB charged a customer of its MLC division an array of fees that gobbled up $892.20 of $1101.95 earned from a year-long investment in the simplest option available, cash. As the commission investigates the inner workings of the compulsory superannuation system over the next two weeks of hearings, it will explore how retirement savers are swindled through fees for services they never receive, cosy deals between retail super funds and the banks that control them, account-draining insurance premiums,...
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  • BFCSA: Watchdog failed to act on warning over super fees

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    Watchdog failed to act on warning over super fees The Australian 12:00am July 23, 2018 Anthony Klan   EXCLUSIVE  The regulator responsible for the nation’s $2.6 trillion superannuation nest egg was warned by its analysts eight years ago that the major banks and finance companies were charging members more than 2½ times the market rates for services, delivering them billions of dollars a year in extra profits. A 2010 research paper published by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority — which can now be accessed only via a federal government archive — shows excessive fees charged by the managers of the retail, or for-profit, funds have been systemically eating into the retirement savings of millions of workers. Despite the peer-reviewed academic paper being written by APRA’s own analysts, including then APRA research head Bruce Arnold, the regulator has not only failed to take any significant steps to address the issue, it has...
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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: “Severe Collapse” of Home Prices Might Trigger a “Financial-Institution Crisis” in Australia: OECD Frets about the Banks Wolf Street

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    “Severe Collapse” of Home Prices Might Trigger a “Financial-Institution Crisis” in Australia: OECD Frets about the Banks Wolf StreetDec 10, 2018 Wolf Richter   “The authorities should prepare contingency plans.” The big four banks are too exposed to mortgages. Even if the banks don’t topple, the economy will get hit hard. In its latest report on Australia, the OECD focuses to a disturbing extend on housing, household debt, what the current housing downturn might do to the otherwise healthy economy, and what the risks are that this housing downturn will lead to a financial crisis for the big four Australian banks, an eventuality that it says “authorities” should make “contingency plans” for. The big four banks are huge in relation to the Australian stock market and the overall economy: Their combined market capitalization, at A$341 billion, even after today’s sell-off following the OECD report – accounts for 26% of Australia’s total...
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  • BFCSA: IOOF shocked by APRA move on Chris Kelaher and George Venardos, vows to reset relationship

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    IOOF shocked by APRA move on Chris Kelaher and George Venardos, vows to reset relationship Australian Financial Review 10 Dec 2018 11:00 PM James Frost, Misa Han   IOOF's acting chairman Allan Griffiths says the diversified financial services giant was shocked by APRA's move to disqualify its chief executive Chris Kelaher and chairman George Venardos from acting as superannuation guardians and has vowed to reset the relationship with the regulator. On Monday morning Mr Kelaher and Mr Venardos were stood aside on full pay with non-executive director Mr Griffiths announced as acting chairman and general manager of wealth management Renato Mota elevated to acting CEO. "Up until Thursday of last week we were acting constructively with APRA ... we were taken aback substantially," Mr Griffiths told The Australian Financial Review. IOOF described the proceedings as misconceived in a statement to the ASX. When asked to expand on this, Mr Griffiths said:...
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  • BFCSA: NAB launches borrower blacklist in new credit crackdown

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    NAB launches borrower blacklist in new credit crackdown Australian Financial Review 10 Dec 2018 4:10 PM Duncan Hughes   NAB has launched a blacklist of phrases and explanations no longer acceptable for borrowers seeking personal, household or residential investment loans as the bank tightens credit card lending and reviews minimum living expenses used for loan applications. The nation's third largest mortgage lender is introducing minimum mandatory responses from borrowers about why they need to borrow, their personal and financial circumstances and how they intend to repay. Bank staff and brokers, acting as intermediaries between borrowers and the bank, will no longer be able to respond to a written request for information from an applicant about expenses with "$0", or use commentary such as "agreed with customer", or "spoke to customer" on loan applications. Other banned phrases, which fail to provide any reasons relating to expenses, include "customer conversation hold", "refer to...
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  • BFCSA: There’s an ‘idiotic’ hole in the Australian Financial Complaints Authority’s bucket

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    There’s an ‘idiotic’ hole in the Australian Financial Complaints Authority’s bucket The Australian 4:58pm December 10, 2018 James Kirby   As the royal commission reviews the failings of mortgage brokers, a fresh loophole in the new consumer protection regime allows hundreds of mortgage brokers across the market to operate outside the system. An estimated 230 mortgage broking firms and individual operators are operating beyond the financial complaints safety net in yet another slab of evidence the regulatory system is riddled with gaps that leave the consumer exposed. The new Australian Financial Complaints Authority, which opened its doors just earlier this year is meant to monitor bad behaviour across the credit sector — but the loophole has forced AFCA’s inaugural CEO David Locke to publish the full list of recalcitrant mortgage brokers in a clear effort to name and shame the sector. However the plea from the regulator to get mortgage brokers...
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  • BFCSA: How Nicholas Moore built Macquarie Bank into a $2.6b-profit powerhouse

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    How Nicholas Moore built   Macquarie Bank into a $2.6b-   profit powerhouse   https://www.afr.com/brand/afr-magazine/how-nicholas-moore-built-macquarie-bank-into-a-26billionprofit-powerhouse-20180814-h13yea David Gonski thinks Nicholas Moore is a frustrated architect. That was the impression Gonski gained after Moore led him on a private tour in 2015 of Macquarie’s new headquarters inside the historic Commonwealth Bank building in Sydney’s Martin Place. Moore had taken a leading role in the building’s design and whereas most chief executives would have placed their office on a corner, facing outwards across bustling Martin Place, Moore wanted to look inwards, across the central atrium, at the Macquarie worker bees above and below. With the press of a button he can frost his glass walls whenever privacy is needed. That Moore’s office looks inwards is no mere architectural obsession. His penchant for keeping an eye over every part of Macquarie’s sprawling global business, and his never-ending fascination with dealmaking, are demonstrated by his practice of regularly allocating...
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  • BFCSA: AUSTRALIAN BANK DRIVEN MORTGAGE FRAUD on TRIAL. Time to FIGHT BACK

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    I hope you managed to purchase a copy of this very important magazine article. A five page feature on MORTGAGE FRAUD.  Bank Rolled AUSTRALIAN MAGAZINE Greg Bearup & Anthony Klan Saturday 30/6/2018 The most FAQ:  HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW and WHY HAYNE WAS PREVENTED FROM CALLING DENISE BRAILEY TO THE STAND?  Given my extensive background into the Mortgage Fraud complaints during the past 18 years people ask why I have not been called to the Royal Commission which started with my pleading to Tony Abbott to call a RC in 2013.  Instead we were given a "Hockey Roots and Branch Fiasco" run by the head of the CARTEL David Murray who ha zero integrity in taking that position. In March 2016, I wrote 8 page letter on why consumers are desperate for a Royal Commission. Unlike Abbott, Shorten responded immediately.  His 2IC called me on a Sunday night (2nd April) and...
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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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