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‘Bad debt’ shunned as credit card balances plunge

‘Bad debt’ shunned as credit card balances plunge

COVID-19 appears to have accelerated the shift away from credit card debt. That’s good news for customers, if it lasts.

  • by Clancy Yeates

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ME Bank redraw breaches ‘serious and systemic’

ME Bank redraw breaches ‘serious and systemic’

ME Bank has been named and shamed by an industry body over last year’s bungled changes to redraw accounts.

  • by Clancy Yeates
Citi puts Australian retail bank up for sale

Citi puts Australian retail bank up for sale

Citi, which is the fifth-largest issuer of credit cards in the country, will remain in Australia but will focus on areas including investment banking and commercial banking.

  • by Clancy Yeates
Big bank helps customers collect half-a-billion dollars

Big bank helps customers collect half-a-billion dollars

CBA is applying behavioural economics to help customers claim benefits they would not likely have claimed otherwise

  • by John Collett
The disappearing bank branches and the communities left behind

The disappearing bank branches and the communities left behind

Many bank branches that temporarily closed during the height of the pandemic will never reopen and some communities have been left with no local bank.

  • by Henrietta Cook
Buy now pay later outfit Butn gets set to list with food delivery deal

Buy now pay later outfit Butn gets set to list with food delivery deal

Buy now pay later outfit Butn is preparing for an initial public offering this year after signing a deal with food delivery giant Easi for delivery riders to access early payments.

  • by Cara Waters
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BoQ set to unveil ME Bank takeover

BoQ set to unveil ME Bank takeover

Bank of Queensland chief executive George Frazis is expected to expand the bank’s loan portfolio by about 50 per cent as it swoops on ME Bank

  • by Clancy Yeates and Charlotte Grieve
Xinja needs $5 million to launch new products, faces investor pushback

Xinja needs $5 million to launch new products, faces investor pushback

The fallen neobank needs more money to launch new financial products aimed at Millennials but shareholders have been warned the company could yet go under.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
‘Gun at their head’: Xinja shareholders call for more options
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‘Gun at their head’: Xinja shareholders call for more options

Xinja shareholders have been asked to vote on two options for the neobank’s future. But now a group is calling for a third option that involves retaining its banking license.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
Volt boss says neobanks can still challenge the sector

Volt boss says neobanks can still challenge the sector

Volt Bank founder Steve Weston says the neo banking sector will thrive in Australia despite the capitulation of two rivals. 

  • by Colin Kruger
The financial world’s ‘most important number’ refuses to die

The financial world’s ‘most important number’ refuses to die

The benchmark interest rate used for trillions of dollars of financial transactions, is being phased out. It’s not going quietly.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz