Original article by Jonathan Shapiro
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 & 20 : 4-Oct-18
Fitch Ratings has warned that a loss of trust in Australian banks in the wake of the financial services royal commission may result in higher wholesale funding costs. Fitch adds that banks may find it hard to pass the increased costs on to borrowers in the current climate. The credit ratings agency also notes that banks could potentially face increased compliance costs and a greater risk of class actions as a result of any recommendations made by the inquiry in its final report. Fitch has retained its negative outlook on banks.
FITCH RATINGS LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, S&P GLOBAL RATINGS, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, CLSA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD