APRA urges more capital be held against NZ banks

Original article by James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 11 & 17 : 16-Oct-19

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has warned that the nation’s major banks may need to increase the amount of capital they hold domestically in response to proposed changes to capital requirements in New Zealand. APRA is concerned that the Reserve Bank of NZ’s reforms may prompt banks to shift capital to NZ, where they are the dominant players in the banking sector. The ANZ Bank estimates that APRA’s proposal would reduce its common equity tier 1 capital by about 75 basis points; Westpac in turn says its tier 1 capital would be reduced by about 40 basis points.

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AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, RESERVE BANK OF NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB

Cure for housing fix ‘worse than disease’: UBS

Original article by Duncan Hughes
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 10 : 23-Aug-19

Investment bank UBS has warned that the Reserve Bank of Australia’s move towards extremely low interest rates risks reflating the residential property ‘bubble’. The ultra-low rates are also putting pressure on the dividend policies and margin levels of the nation’s large banks, while plans by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority to reduce related-party exposure limits with regard to Tier 1 capital will put pressure on the banks’ capital.

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UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA RADIATION LABORATORIES, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ

Culture to cost big three banks $500m

Original article by James Fernyhough, James Thomson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 21 : 12-Jul-19

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has imposed additional capital requirements on Westpac, the ANZ Bank and National Australia Bank following its review of their culture, governance and accountability self-assessments. They will have to set aside an extra $500m of capital until their customer remediation programs are completed and they have addressed all of the issues that emerged in their self-assessments. The increased capital requirements will have a slight impact on the three banks’ common equity tier 1 capital ratios.

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WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY

APRA lowers capital targets for banks

Original article by Jonathan Shapiro, James Fernyhough
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 10-Jul-19

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has scaled its near-term target for the amount of capital the nation’s banks will be required to hold. APRA had initially proposed that banks would have to increase their total capital by 4-5 percentage points by January 2024, but it has reduced this to three percentage points in response to industry feedback. However, it will require banks to meet the higher target in the longer-term.

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AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, MOODY’S INVESTORS SERVICE INCORPORATED

New squeeze on big banks

Original article by James Frost
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 20 : 31-May-19

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority is expected to soon announce that smaller banks will have to hold less capital in terms of supporting their mortgage lending. This will enable them to offer cheaper home loans and higher deposit rates, making them more competitive with the larger banks. APRA’s announcement will follow shortly after the Reserve Bank’s June meeting, when it is widely expected to reduce official interest rates to 1.25 per cent.

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AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, BENDIGO AND ADELAIDE BANK LIMITED – ASX BEN, BANK OF QUEENSLAND LIMITED – ASX BOQ, SUNCORP GROUP LIMITED – ASX SUN, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT. AUSTRALIAN TRANSACTION REPORTS AND ANALYSIS CENTRE

RBA signals majors near unquestionably strong threshold

Original article by Adam Creighton
The Australian – Page: 19 & 28 : 31-Oct-18

The Reserve Bank’s assistant governor Michele Bullock has praised the success of measures aimed at increasing the capital ratios of Australian banks. She notes that the four major banks are close to achieving the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s "unquestionably strong" capital benchmark. The banks’ capital ratios have increased from eight per cent to 12 per cent since 2013, when measured on a risk-weighted basis. However, Bullock has warned that APRA’s measures may be undermined if the non-bank financial sector’s market share increases.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS. BASEL COMMITTEE ON BANKING SUPERVISION, LEHMAN BROTHERS INCORPORATED, BANK OF ENGLAND

S&P pushes banks down global ranks

Original article by Jonathan Shapiro
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 16 : 3-Oct-18

The global ranking of Australia’s major banks has fallen sharply in terms of risk adjusted capital, which is S&P Global Ratings’ preferred measure of the sector’s financial strength. The nation’s four largest banks are ranked in the 40th to 50th percentile in S&P’s latest survey of the world’s top 100 banks. The Financial System Inquiry in 2014 had recommend that the big four banks should be within the top quartile of global banks in terms of capital strength. Regaining "unquestionably strong" status would require them to raise more capital.

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S&P GLOBAL RATINGS, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB

ANZ ramps up home loan growth in mortgage race

Original article by James Frost
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 21-Feb-18

The ANZ Bank has advised that its mortgage lending grew at a faster than the broader sector in the December 2017 quarter. However, the number of residential home loans that are in arrears increased from 0.59 per cent to 0.60 per cent quarter-on-quarter. ANZ’s quarterly statement on bank capital also shows that its customers continued to switch from interest-only loans principal-and-interest loans during the quarter, while its common equity tier one capital ratio rose from 10.57 per cent to 10.82 per cent.

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ

Analysts ease fears over Basel

Original article by Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 21 : 12-Dec-17

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority chairman Wayne Byers has welcomed finalisation of the Basel IV reforms governing the global capital requirements for banks. He says Australian banks are in a good position to meet the Basel IV reforms, a comment echoed by Victor German of Macquarie. Craig Williams of Citigroup says the reforms have a longer implementation time (2027) than was expected, while they are not as onerous as had been forecast.

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AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS. BASEL COMMITTEE ON BANKING SUPERVISION, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD

CBA plots next move as ability to reprice fades

Original article by James Frost, James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 19 : 10-Aug-17

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has increased its full-year dividend to $A4.29 per share after posting a 2016-17 cash profit of $A9.88bn. The result was 4.6 per cent higher than previously and slightly exceeded market expectations. Earnings per share grew by 3.6 per cent to $A5.74 and CBA’s net interest margin fell three basis points to 2.11 per cent. CBA has also advised that its common equity tier one capital ratio is now 10.1 per cent, and the bank expects to achieve the revised target of 10.5 per cent well before the start of 2020.

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COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, PM CAPITAL LIMITED, PERENNIAL VALUE MANAGEMENT LIMITED, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC