Posts Tagged ‘bank accounts’

Comment: Ents and Entrapment

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Ents & Entrapment

In the 1999 film Entrapment, Catherine Zeta-Jones plots to steal $8 billion. She’s negotiating the help of genius partner-in-crime, Sean Connery, who reasons for his equal share.

“What can you do with $7 billion that you can’t do with 4?”

“Hold the record. Alone”.

One might wager that this same self-adulation has consumed the boardrooms of Australian banks in recent years.

A move by St. George Bank to lower lending rates on 1-year, 2-year and 3-year fixed-rate home loans must be deemed admirable in a climate where banks have cried poverty like a broken record despite – ironically – record-breaking profits.

But it should equally ensure that the wool that has constantly been pulled over consumers’ eyes is, at last, fully removed.

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Fee-Driven Banking Products ‘Taken to Task’

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Are we being taken for fools on the essential banking products that we choose?

An interesting parallel has emerged between Australia and the UK in the world of personal finance: an enquiry into value for money on fee-driven banking products.

Australia: Credit Card Fees

About half of all Australian credit card holders are getting no value from their credit card rewards because of fees, it was reported last week. In most cases, annual fees are outweighing the value of rewards such as air-miles, and only very high levels of spending – roughly $60,000 per year – could make such benefits count.

Contrast this with the average annual Australian credit card spend of $17,000, which itself is artificially heightened by very high spenders, and we see the degree to which fees outstrip potential rewards.

A monthly spend of $1,000 could see fees exceed potential benefits by as much as a third in value even before interest is factored in.