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Interchange cornerstone of BPay fee structure

The fee structure for BPay is not a subject either BPay not its banks are keen to talk about, nor has it been subject to much media scrutiny in Australia. The BPay fee structure comprises three elements: read more

BPay fees reduced

The BPay fees outlined above are new, and came into affect in either December 2002 or January 2003. read more

Banks contradict Eftpos spin

The banking cartel's plans to reduce debit interchange to zero will cost merchants more. The submission says that, "there will be changes in merchant service charges to reflect these increased costs". The increased costs is the revenue foregone from interchange fees. read more

Joint Study now revered

The cartel's submission to the ACCC for authorisation of zero debit interchange is an amusing read on one level the joint ACCC/Reserve Bank report, Study of Interchange Fees and Access, published in October 2000, has had a reincarnation within the minds of bankers as a fountain of wisdom and the definite authority on interchange. read more

ANZ 1: Accrual mess costs $27 million

ANZ Bank will take a $27 million charge after tax in its cards business in the March 2003 half, after the discovery that the bank failed to correctly accrue loyalty points. The under accrual took two forms: read more

ANZ 2: Merchant share increases

ANZ said that underlying business conditions in consumer finance, which includes cards, remain solid, and that on the issuing side, there was "strong asset growth in the December quarter," but did not provide any more details. read more

ANZ 5: credit quality improves

For all the flap earlier this month over ANZ's exposure never confirmed in any detail to the barely solvent El Paso energy combine of Texas, it looks like the bank has its wholesale loans in hand. read more

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