Research in the public interest
The Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS) is a public-interest research centre within the Monash Business School.
ACFS undertakes its own research and acts as a bridge between academia, industry and government across a wide range of finance related questions.
The research is accessible, evidence-based and independent, and aims to inform public policy, community debate and industry practice.
The research topics are directed by industry and government, and gathered through the support of a strong group of external stakeholders who participate in the Advisory Board, and various working groups.
The work is mainly funded by external contributions though supplemented by support from Monash.
In addition to our research, ACFS acts as a platform for collaboration by experts across academia, industry and government. Through this, ACFS supports Australia as an international centre for finance practice, research and education. We do this through our major ongoing projects including Financial Integration in the Asia Pacific, Australian Equities Database, the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index, the CSIRO-Melbourne Superannuation Research Cluster and Funding Australia’s Future, as well as through research and dialogue arranged with and through our stakeholder network.
To serve the public interest by undertaking evidence-based research, collaborating constructively across sectors, and promoting insightful dialogue around important financial-sector issues.
Can mutuals seize the opportunity provided by the tarnishing of major bank reputations from the royal commission and the recent ACCC report? Read the latest from Professor Kevin Davis. Via @FinancialReview australiancentre.com.au/publi… #royalcommission #banking
In our latest Financial Policy Brief, Professor Kevin Davis argues radical changes are required in order for mutual banks and ADIs to be able to take advantage of the reputational damage to larger banks. australiancentre.com.au/publi…
"The view that we would have had better financial sector behaviour if a more “heavy-handed” prosecution-based approach had been followed is an unproven assertion." - Prof Kevin Davis discusses the Banking Royal Commission for @FinancialReview australiancentre.com.au/publi…
We recently completed a thorough and rigorous evaluation of disclosure practices in Australian superannuation. Overall, our findings show that many superfunds have succeeded in disclosing information regarding their governance. australiancentre.com.au/publi…
Dr Nga Pham: More corporate governance challenges are heading to the boardroom with pressures coming from both regulators and investors. australiancentre.com.au/publi…
Policymakers are struggling to balance delivering financial security for retirees that is adequate for the individual and sustainable for the economy australiancentre.com.au/publi… pic.twitter.com/WM5js8AYwR
RT @stuartstoyan “The Royal Commission has pointed out that ASIC has plenty of powers, it just hesitates to use them, so ceding ASIC more powers is not the answer.” @australiancfs bang on! Time to see @asicmedia start enforcing. twitter.com/australiancfs/…