Strict best interest duty needed: Harris

Original article by John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 10-Oct-19

Former Productivity Commission chairman Peter Harris has stressed the need for a strong ‘best interest duty’ that applies equally across the banking, mortgage broking, financial advice and superannuation industry. He is concerned that industry lobbying could result in a proposed best interest duty for mortgage brokers being watered down. Harris has also downplayed the need for a mortgage pricing inquiry, arguing that the federal government’s priority should be to implement the recommendations made by the commission in its 2018 report on competition in the financial services sector.

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AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN FINANCE GROUP LIMITED – ASX AFG

Less bad outcome a relief for banks

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 21 : 5-Feb-19

There is general consensus among equity analysts and portfolio managers that the final report of the financial services royal commission has not been as harsh on the banking sector as it could have been. Shares in the major banks and AMP are expected to rise when trading resumes on 5 February, although listed mortgage brokers are likely to face a sell-off after the inquiry recommended that brokers’ commissions paid by lenders be phased out in favour of ones paid by borrowers.

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AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, NOMURA AUSTRALIA LIMITED, BELL DIRECT, TRIBECA INVESTMENT PARTNERS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, MORTGAGE CHOICE LIMITED – ASX MOC, AUSTRALIAN FINANCE GROUP LIMITED – ASX AFG

Mortgage brokers added to banking inquiry purview

Original article by James Frost
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 20-Dec-17

Commissioner Kenneth Hayne has broadened the banking royal commission’s terms of reference to include the $A344 billion mortgage broking sector. Many had been surprised that the sector was not included in the royal commission’s original terms of reference, given that over 50 per cent of all mortgages are generated via mortgage brokers. Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia CEO Mike Felton contends that the sector’s professional standards are improving, while he notes that it has been the subject of two major reviews in the last 18 months.

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MORTGAGE AND FINANCE ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA, MORTGAGE CHOICE LIMITED – ASX MOC, AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

LVR loans aren’t bad: Genworth

Original article by Alice Uribe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 4-May-17

Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia has posted a statutory net profit of $A52.2m for the March 2017 quarter, down from $A67.3m for the same period in 2016. Meanwhile, CEO Georgette Nicholas notes that mortgages with high loan-to-value ratios can be appropriate, provided there is sufficient oversight. Nicholas adds that loans with high LVRs are often essential for first-home buyers, and she warns that a crackdown on such loans may prompt people to seek higher-risk loans.

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GENWORTH MORTGAGE INSURANCE AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX GMA, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY

Hartzer flags probe of mortgage brokers

Original article by Nick Lenaghan
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 38 : 11-Aug-15

Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer has warned mortgage brokers that certain of their lending practices may attract the attention of regulators. He said on 10 August 2015 that it is essential to make sure that customers are able to service their loans. Aussie Home Loans founder John Symond is concerned about the risk of over-regulation. He claims that additional compliance is already extending the process of assessing the loan application by 30 minutes.

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WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, AUSSIE HOME LOANS LIMITED