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CBA buys online broker IWL

CBA buys online broker IWL

(3 August 2007 – Australia Commonwealth Bank of Australia has agreed to buy internet brokerage company IWL for almost A$373 million. The bank said it will roll IWL into its CommSec brokerage operations, noting that IWL’s client base was a strong fit with CBA’s existing equities business.

CBA group executive for premium business services, Stuart Grimshaw, said IWL’s capability in wholesale broking gave the bank access to a market segment where CommSec was underweight.

IWL owned five percent of online broker E*trade now fully owned by ANZ before selling its stake prior to ANZ’s buyout in June.

IWL sits behind CommSec and ANZ's E-Trade as Australia’s third largest online broker.
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