Banks not to blame for house slump

Original article by James Frost, James Thomson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 8 : 31-Jan-19

Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer has refuted suggestions that the bank has become more averse to approving loans as a result of the financial services royal commission. He says Westpac’s loan approval rates remain unchanged, and it is simply that fewer people are applying for loans. He also refutes claims that banks are responsible for the recent decline in house prices, arguing that it is merely an "orderly adjustment" to the housing price cycle. Hartzer adds that further regulation of lenders could prompt more customers to switch to so-called shadow banks.

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