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Monopolistic pricing power – to be reigned in?

Monopolistic pricing power – to be reigned in?

Earlier this week, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) commented on the Harper Competition Review Draft Report. ACCC Chairman, Rod Sims, said: “The draft report is part of the most significant review in this area for over 20 years”.

The panel has come up with a package of refinements to the Competition and Consumer Act (2010), which are intended to ensure that Australian’s competition law continues to be effective and efficient in making markets work for the benefit of consumers.

It will be interesting to see whether the Review eventually gives the ACCC additional powers to deal with those companies which “abuse” their monopolistic or oligopolistic pricing power.

Investors should watch this space closely.


Chief Executive Officer of Montgomery Investment Management, David Buckland has over 30 years of industry experience. David is a deeply knowledgeable and highly experienced financial services executive. Prior to joining Montgomery in 2012, David was CEO and Executive Director of Hunter Hall for 11 years, as well as a Director at JP Morgan in Sydney and London for eight years.

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  1. There is too much red tape and propoganda in our laws. It is widely suspected that Coles and Woolies could be abusing market power. Every Tom, Dick and Harry thinks that. But our laws have managed to tie legislators hands behind our back because it might discriminate. Coles and Woolies are not breaking the law, they do seem to be sailing close to the wind.

    I believe it is much more debatable whether the big 4 banks have too much market power. There is quite a bit of competition in home loans, term deposits, savings accounts and various other financial products and services. But on the other hand, the big 4 own something like 80% of all bank assets.
    It isn’t so clear cut in banks. But it is pretty clear that Coles and Woolies have too much market share.

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