Australia, famous for its coral reefs and koala bears, is also home to some of the world’s most brazen banks. The Royal Commission that spent months investigating the actions of the nation’s top banks uncovered a hornet’s nest of misconduct and customer exploitation. Needless to say, remedial steps are in effect, and the banks involved have been left with little choice but to take swift corrective measures.
National Australia Bank
Little is more valuable to financial-market participants than accurate predictions of future growth. With interest rates on the rise in the US, investors are anxiously looking for indications of an impending recession. But what are yield curves really telling us about future growth prospects—in the United States and also in Australia? Is dreaded recession in the cards, or is modest slowdown more likely?
Many banks have given up the fight and are working to get along with those fintech upstarts, but not regarding one area in particular: top-notch tech talent. When it comes to tech staff, the gloves are off, and banks are fighting to both recruit and hold on to the cream of the crop, recognizing how indispensable experienced professionals have become in the digital world.
Perhaps the biggest challenge facing the Australian economy right now continues to be the dramatic retreat of hard commodity prices from the generational highs back in 2011.
As one of the biggest banks operating in a commodity-exporting country such as Australia, much of our time is spent trying to comprehend how trends in commodity markets are likely to impact the economy, and our customers. Without a doubt, one of the biggest issues we face right now stems from the dramatic declines we have seen in industrial