If Australian banks were to be taken on by regulators in the US or UK, it's fair to say the banks would be sweating right now.
Don't believe the politicians and pundits: denouncing the banks for bad behaviour is nothing more than attempts to play into a grand illusion.
Even an aggressive commissioner who manages to work around the commission's impotent framing probably won't reveal anything we don't already know.
With calls for a royal commission into banks gaining volume, what questions should we be asking?
Despite the unanimity that banking regulation needs to be improved, the government is involved in secret negotiations that would halt further financial regulation, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.
In calling for an end to SMSF borrowing, the Murray Inquiry has given the government a headache over a sector that is part of the Liberal constituency, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.
It's time investors were told how Australian banks perform in stress tests -- like overseas investors are told, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.
Secret trade negotiations revealed by WikiLeaks show the US trying to head off moves to protect citizens' data from US control.
Is there a potential conflict of interest for former Commonwealth Bank CEO David Murray when he conducts a review of Australia's financial system?
Regulations for the government's key Future of Financial Advice reforms may leave conflicted remuneration-like commissions in place. Bill Shorten is scrambling to plug the hole.