Interest rates, consumer (99 items)

CoreLogic dissect the spring selling season

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Household assets to income ratio 471%

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McMillan Shakespeare's vehicle finance acquisitions make a contribution

Retail finance activities made a significant contribution to the earnings of the remuneration services and fleet leasing specialist McMillan Shakespeare, as the company started to enjoy a strong revenue flow from recent acquisitions in the finance market. Now the company says it is ready to expand its retail finance activities beyond vehicles. read more

Briefs: Yodlee flap, Whole loan sale by Pepper, Porges steps down at DirectMoney, HashChing pitches to start up owners

Controversy over the use of the Yodlee "screen-scraping" method to access bank accounts by fintech gets reheated in the Financial Review. . In April, Fintech Australia, a new lobby group for financial services start-ups, said it formed an "open data subcommittee" to push for changes to the ePayments Code to make it clear that bank customers can give passwords to fintechs without banks having to provide approval. Lender and loan servicer Pepper Group has sold a A$400 million portfolio of mortgages in a "whole loan sale" – its second such sale this year. Stephen Porges has stepped down as executive chair of DirectMoney. He will be replaced by John Nantes, who is chief portfolio manager of Adcock Private Equity. Bluestone may help open up a new category of mortgage finance aimed at entrepreneurs. The home loan "is available to start up business owners with no credit scoring," Mandeep Sodhi, chief executive of HashChing wrote in a media release on Friday. read more

Briefs: Quay and G&C merger cleared, FlexiGroup signs up Flight Centre, Bigstone gets capital injection, and more

Quay Credit Union's proposed merger with G&C Mutual Bank is over the line, after 89 per cent of Quay CU members voted in favour at a meeting last week. G&C Mutual Bank will have a post-merger balance sheet of around A$1.1 billion.  The merger may take effect from 1 September 2016. read more

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