Peer-to-peer lender RateSetter says ASIC should be commended for its pursuit of the banks over alleged manipulation of the bank bill swap rate, but has criticised the size of the fine paid by ANZ.
On Tuesday, ASIC announced that it had reached a confidential in-principle settlement with ANZ resolving the dispute over alleged BBSW misconduct. Commenting on the matter, RateSetter chief executive Daniel Foggo said the corporate regulator’s activity in this area of the market bodes well for a more transparent financial system.
“The BBSW rigging scandal is serious and ASIC is right to pursue the banks in the interest of all Australians. Let’s not forget that the manipulation of BBSW and Libor has arguably cost homeowners and other borrowers billions of dollars,” Mr Foggo said. “We commend our regulator for standing up to these powerful incumbents.”
However, the fintech executive said the misconduct penalty in ANZ’s case does not fit the crime.
“The fine agreed with ANZ just doesn’t measure up,” he said. “Compared to the billions of dollars in profit the bank makes every year, and the billions in fines handed out to UK banks for similar misconduct, the $50 million penalty is just a light slap on the wrist.”
Mr Foggo added that Australia’s “inherently conflicted” bank model will likely produce more problems for consumers in the future.
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