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Tackling the backlog in elective surgery

The cessation of elective surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present a challenge to the Australian healthcare sector, with both public and private clinics struggling to work through a backlog of some 400 000 cases. Wait times for certain category 2 procedures – which are typically required within months - have blown out, in…

7 Jun 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Healthcare

How Buy Now Pay Later is fuelling appetite for private healthcare

Changes in the deferred payments landscape could see more Australians gravitating towards private care to fund out-of-pocket health procedures, according to Chief Executive of Openpay, Dion Appel. The last few years have seen attitudes towards credit changing, with consumers turning their back on credit cards to access funds in times of need. As of March…

3 Jun 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance

Industry ETFs, Risk and the role of Bitcoin

Exchange traded funds are quickly becoming one of the most talked about investment vehicles in Australia, with the record net inflows seen in last year’s industry roundup a particular discussion theme. In the context of crypto ETFs, however, certain aspects of risk assessment have not received as much focus. Jeff Yew of Monochrome warns that,…

26 May 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Business

How to minimise regulatory risk for BNPL products

The Buy Now Pay Later industry has received a lot of scrutiny since its inception, with some consumer advocates questioning the ethics of financing at the point-of-sale. Amid high levels of consumer debt and low financial literacy, some believe the largely unregulated market – popular with younger demographics - may expose people to financial harm.…

12 May 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance

Should you invest in ETFs – and how?

Since their inception in the 1990s, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become one of the most sought-after investment vehicles for individuals and institutions, globally. Offering diversification, trading, and arbitrage options, ETFs are often touted for their low cost and attractive profile, relative to mutual funds. However, Morningstar Associate Director Justin Walsh reminds us that ETF trading…

9 May 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Legal

The antitrust paradox – and how to overcome it for a healthy financial services market

To maintain health in the financial services sector - or indeed any sector - two key things are needed: innovation and competition. These two things are interdependent. For innovation to flourish, competition is needed. And for competition to flourish, innovation is needed. To encourage both, antitrust regulation is used. But, when too stringent – or…

29 Nov 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Legal

Is your financial services business really ethical?

From exploiting the vulnerable, to heavily penalising hardship, it is often easy to recognise what fairness is not within financial services. Defining what exactly fairness is, however, in the realms of marketing, product or contract design, can be a deceptively complex task; one which even ethically-motivated firms trip up on, explains Professor Deen Sanders of…

16 Nov 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Legal

Financial abuse enablement – an insidious side-effect of the potential RLO repeal

Australia may see a resurgence in financial and economic abuse if the Senate opts to scrap responsible lending obligations (RLO), warns Gerard Brody of the Consumer Action Law Centre. The move to weaken RLOs was made by Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in September last year, in a bid to maintain credit flow in the wake…

17 Feb 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Legal

How responsible lending should look – an interview with Professor Kevin Davis

Former member of the Financial Systems Inquiry, Professor Kevin Davis, has set out his expectations for responsible lending obligation (RLO) reform in Australia. Davis advocates a shared buyer and seller accountability model, which protects consumers from financial illiteracy and cognitive bias, at the same time, retaining much of the economic benefit of a market based…

21 Jan 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Legal

Where to now on responsible lending? – Gerard Brody

Gerard Brody of the Consumer Action Law Centre has expressed concern over Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s intention to scrap responsible lending laws, describing the move as a “risky and dangerous policy” that will hurt Australian households. The proposed reform, currently being drafted, could mean the abolishment of all responsible lending obligations that form the National Consumer…

5 Nov 2020, by Amy Sarcevic
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