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August 18, 2014

Strategies for building better mobile banking apps

Came across this excellent blog by Scott Bales: 9 Strategies for Building a Great Mobile Banking App. Key takeouts for me…

July 14, 2011

Amex knows what you do not

I love this status update: Oh blurry Facebook user: you could not be more spot on! If you hold an…

June 7, 2011

AMPlify: Lending and the Social Graph

Earlier today AMPlify (a thought-leadership conference currently underway in Sydney) hosted Venessa Miemis to discuss the future of money and…

March 10, 2011

Bank of Melbourne – *Is* better banking closer?

(Re)Starting life as a fresh, unencumbered-by-legacy brand provides Bank of Melbourne the opportunity to attempt some cool – and hopefully radical – approaches to the traditional way of doing things.

March 1, 2011

SXSW Day 2 – Banks: Innovate or Die (or just shout at your audience)

The Banks: Innovate or Die panel discussed whether the major players in the banking space had become to big to do anything cool or innovative for their customers, and what new banking startups were doing to disrupt the incumbents and deliver the next wave of financial products and services.

February 14, 2011

#nabfail – viral, done wrong

The NAB has had an interesting history with customer engagement across Social Media, but now have they gone one step to far?

February 8, 2011

The changing face of financial planning

It used to be a pretty good racket. You’d hold a corporate super book for a couple of big organisations,…

January 3, 2011

Product Testing Westpac’s Bluechip 20

General Advice Warning: The information contained on this web site is general in nature and does not take into account…

December 13, 2010

Banking reforms and the fifth pillar – what it really means?

Following tireless lobbying by the Australian people (via the reader comments section), the government has finally acted on the unscrupulous fat cats in bank land, with Wayne Swan yesterday announcing sweeping, industry transforming reforms aimed at increasing bank competition and establishing a “fifth pillar” of financial service.

Oh wait. No he didn’t.

November 25, 2010

FPA – no degree, no membership | Money Management

    The Financial Planning Association (FPA) has lifted the bar on membership, requiring that from July 2013 membership only…

November 23, 2010

REVEALED: Australia’s Sexiest Bank HQ’s

Australian’s have been bombarded with recent tales of multi-billion dollar profits out of out biggest banks, but it’s not all one side. Those banks have big expenses too. Like some of the most impressive office space in Australia! Lets have a look at some of the pre & post GFC extravagance your 6.45% standard variable rates are supporting.

November 6, 2010

Are Aussie Banks “Getting” social?

Australia’s bank oligopoly ensures that innovation need only move at a snail’s pace. But slow we’re starting to see the dinosaurs of the financial service world wake up to the reality that is Social Media. So are our banks truly starting to embrace this as a new channel?

October 13, 2010

Why you probably shouldn’t buy your first home just yet

It’s a concept held in the highest of esteem for the vast majority of Australia’s young people. Nothing represents that same level of security, of having your shit together, than being able to call it “your own”. The media tells us it is entry to untold wealths, and our parents talk about purchasing additional to fund their retirement. So why then is now the absolute worst time for anyone of Generation Y to look at purchasing their first home?