February 19, 2019 / 9:46 PM / 7 months ago

ANZ drops some fees in response to scathing banks inquiry

FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Australia New Zealand Bank Group (ANZ) is displayed on their main office building in Melbourne, Australia, July 27, 2016. REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd said it would make 16 changes to its business, including dropping default charges on drought-hit farmers, in response to the recommendations of a scathing inquiry into the financial sector.

Australia’s fourth-largest bank by assets said it will also drop dishonour fees from pensioners’ accounts and behave as a model litigant in cases involving small businesses, among other changes. The lender did not say whether the moves would have a financial impact.

A powerful inquiry into Australia’s finance sector, called a Royal Commission, found widespread misconduct and poor treatment of customers driven by greed, but did not recommend any structural changes to the industry.

Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Leslie Adler

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