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Connexus : Issue 36
ROB MACCOLL connexus www.abacus.org.au 3 CONNEXUS AUTUMN 2011 34 22 17 38 COVER STORY 22 From strength to strength Mutuals are improving market share aided by prominent criticism of the major banks. NEWS 6 • New friendly societies research project • Win for mecu • Clive Skarott honoured 7 CEO comment 8 • Bigger business benefits • CUBS top the list for cards 11 Credit card reforms draw heat The federal government needs to slow down and rethink its credit card draft bill. 13 Events 14 Finding the right size Even for mutuals with a strong vision of their long-term future, bigger isn't always better. 17 Counting the cost Basel III may raise liquidity issues for some mutuals. 20 Removing the barriers Solving the tricky problem of account portability is likely to involve interim measures. 34 Waiting on covered bonds The role of covered bonds is on the agenda as financial institutions consider new sources of funding. 36 Preparing for PPS The new Personal Properties Securities Register begins in October. SPECIAL FEATURE 38 Whatever it takes Mutuals responded with speed, resilience and no small heart to Australia's recent spate of natural disasters. 39 Lessons in continuity Keeping the doors open. 42 Counting the costs Supporting customers who found themselves in financial difficulty. 44 Economy weathers the storms Economic growth is not likely to suffer in the longer term from the damage caused by extreme weather this year. Contents The fifth pillar?