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Commonwealth Bank denies Austrac money laundering claims
Financial Services 2018-02-23 8:14 pm By Christine Caulfield

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia on Friday pushed back against the majority of expanded claims brought by the anti-money laundering regulator and denied all allegations in the related class action.

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Ex-Charter Financial adviser banned for fleecing elderly clients
Financial Services 2018-02-22 9:08 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A former financial adviser for Charter Financial Planning has been permanently barred from providing financial advice by Australia’s corporate regulator after it found he deducted almost $67,000 in fees for advice he never gave.

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Banks pay $21.4M to consumers for bad financial advice
Financial Services 2018-02-21 8:46 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Australia’s five biggest banks have paid out $21.4 million since the end of 2016 to consumers harmed by advice that violates financial services regulations, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission said Tuesday. 

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ACCC to pursue big biz with bigger fines
Competition & Consumer Protection 2018-02-20 3:26 pm By Christine Caulfield

The ACCC has set out its priorities for 2018, and bigger penalties for big business flouting competition laws is top of the agenda, the commission’s chief said Tuesday.

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S&P settles Lifeplan class action over CDOs ratings
Class Actions 2018-02-20 12:39 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

S&P Global Ratings has reached a settlement in an Australian class action by investors who bought toxic products rated healthy by the U.S. credit reporting agency ahead of the global financial crisis, a deal that includes over $4.6 million in legal fees.

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ANZ fined $5M over lending practices
Competition & Consumer Protection 2018-02-16 11:44 am By Cat Fredenburgh

A Federal Court judge in Melbourne has slapped Australia and New Zealand Banking Group with a $5 million fine for failing to properly vet customers’ financial backgrounds when providing car loans.

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New law targets predatory credit card lending
Competition & Consumer Protection 2018-02-16 10:13 am By Cat Fredenburgh

A new bill that will crack down on predatory credit card lending practices sailed through Parliament on Thursday, the first reforms to pass in the wake of a Senate inquiry into the credit card market.

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Royal Bank of Scotland settles class action at 11th hour
Securities 2018-02-15 4:03 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Royal Bank of Scotland has reached a settlement in a consumer protection class action on the eve of trial in the Federal Court.

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Financial complaints watchdog set for 2018 launch
Financial Services 2018-02-15 1:21 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

Australian consumers will soon be able to lodge grievances with a new body for resolving complaints with financial institutions.

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Judge OKs $100M in rate-rigging settlements
King & Wood Mallesons 2017-11-10 10:58 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A Federal Court judge on Friday signed off on $100 million in settlements between Australia’s securities regulator and National Australia Bank Ltd. and Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. for attempting to manipulate the market for the bank bill swap reference rate.

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