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Big banks uneasy about exit fee ban

Australia's big four banks may not be as comfortable with a proposed ban on mortgage exit fees as they are letting on, a Treasury...

Big banks enjoy the spotlight

Often criticised for not fronting up to the public, Australia's bank bosses have been almost inescapable in one of the industry's biggest weeks in...

Deposits and funding dominate banks’ future

Bankers say the three-year outlook for the local industry will be dominated by competition for deposits and funding worries after the financial crisis made...

Big Aussie banks score clean bill of health but warnings of...

By Jill Fraser for Lending Central Ratings agency Standard & Poor's says our top four banks are in good nick but cautions that the sector...

Banks facing margin pressure and economic uncertainty

Australia's major banks have emerged from the global financial crisis in good shape but future profit growth is under pressure from tighter margins and...

Banks short change savers

The major banks aren't passing on official interest rate increases to customers with deposit accounts. They have also reduced interest payments, even though the Reserve...

Banks scramble for new funds as credit demand picks up

The global financial crisis (GFC) may not have blocked the flow of credit to consumers and businesses, but it has left banks scrambling for...

Banks raised $160 billion through use of guarantee says Swan

Australian banks were able to raise more than $160 billion on international markets through the federal government's wholesale funding guarantee, Treasurer Wayne Swan says. Mr...

Banks in RBA spotlight, leave variable rates steady

Australia's big four banks say they will hold standard variable home loan rates steady after the central bank shone the spotlight on bank mortgage...

Joyce’s economic commentary irresponsible

The federal opposition is being irresponsible by proposing to break up big banks to boost competition, the government says. Opposition finance spokesman Barnaby Joyce says...

Expect banks to keep breaking ranks, says Loan Market Group

Consumers can expect banks to continue breaking ranks from the interest rate decisions of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), according to a leading...

Westpac’s rate rise spotlights big four’s growing pricing power

Westpac Banking Corporation has hiked its standard variable lending rate by almost double the amount of the central bank's increase, shining a spotlight on...

Banks keep S&P’s AA credit rating as credit exposures mount

Australia's major banks are set to retain their double-A long-term credit ratings despite a sharp rise in credit exposures for the two biggest banks...

Rudd wishes banks were as quick cutting rates

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd wishes retail banks would cut interest rates as quickly as they raise them in response to official cash rate moves. The...

Mixed FY09 earnings,better bad debt outlook tipped for ANZ, NAB

All eyes will be on asset quality, margins and surplus capital as signs that the bad debt cycle has peaked and margins are set...
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