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$201bn cost of misconduct

By Cameron Micallef · August 19 2019
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$201bn cost of misconduct

By Cameron Micallef
August 19 2019
Reading:
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University of Melbourne

$201bn cost of misconduct

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By Cameron Micallef · August 19 2019
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University of Melbourne

More than half of Australia's population has been negatively affected by misconduct and other financial service provider issues, new research has found.

In light of findings from the banking royal commission, a study by the University of Melbourne has estimated that the total losses from misconduct has been $201 billion over five years.

This figure is based on an average cost to each person affected of $20,473, despite the median cost to each person surveyed sitting at $1,000.

The study’s co-author, the Faculty of Business and Economics’ Carsten Murawski, said many Australians had lost trust in financial institutions as a result of the commission, which was continuing to hold them back from improving their financial situation.

The professor then noted that “about two-thirds of Australians face some level of financial vulnerability and stress”, with financial concerns now the number one concern among young people.

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Calls for reform

Professor Murawski’s co-author and Melbourne Law School’s director of banking and finance law, Andrew Godwin, said regulation reform will be a vital step in improving financial outcomes for Australians, echoing the recommendations of the financial services royal commission.

“We need to reduce the complexity of regulation and be clearer about the standards we expect from people working in the finance community by tying regulation more closely to outcomes,” he explained. 

The associate professor commented that “financial service providers should be subject to a duty to consider financial wellbeing in performing their functions and services”. 

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Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leveraging their insights to grow your portfolio.

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