Australian banks

MacroBusiness covers Australian banks from the perspective of their macro-economic role, as political economy actors, as investment propositions and in terms of financial stability and capital adequacy. Australian banks have played a crucial role in inflating the Australian property bubble, exist within an utterly privileged position as “too big to fail” institutions and operate within a deeply distorted financial architecture that has Australian tax payers well and truly on the hook in the event of trouble. MacroBusiness seeks to define this role for investors as well as change it in the name of the Australian national interest.


Financial regulators demand banks lend at any cost

So predictable: Quarterly Statement by the Council of Financial Regulators – June 2020 The Council of Financial Regulators (the Council) held its regular quarterly meeting on Friday, 19 June. The Australian Treasurer attended for part of the meeting. The Council has been meeting more frequently over the past several months and will continue to do so


Banks and APRA kick can off mortgage freeze cliff

In noted yesterday how Australia was facing a mortgage time bomb given 485,063 mortgages valued at $175.6 billion have been deferred for six month by Australia’s banks, representing around one in fourteen borrowers: I also noted how the expiry of these mortgage deferrals would coincide with the expiry of the Morrison Government’s emergency income support


Australia’s mortgage time bomb hits $176 billion

The Australian Bankers Association (ABA) has updated its loan deferral data to 19 June, which reveals that 779,458 loans have been deferred across Australia, including 485,063 mortgages: In value terms, $236.7 billion of total loans have been deferred, including $175.6 billion of mortgages: According to the ABA, one in fourteen mortgages are currently being deferred


Banks kick can on mortgage repayment cliff

I noted earlier this week how Australia was facing a mortgage repayment cliff in September given 480,700 mortgages have been deferred for six months by Australia’s banks worth $173.5 billion: That equates to around one in 14 mortgage holders, according to the Australian Bankers Association. Now, it’s been revealed that the banks will extend relief


$173b mortgage cliff beckons for Australia

The Australian Banking Association (ABA) has released data on loan deferrals to 12 June. 772,600 loans have been deferred across Australia, including 480,700 mortgages: In dollar terms, $234.1 billion total loans have been deferred, including $173.5 billion of mortgages: According to the ABA, around one in 14 mortgage holders have had their repayments deferred. The


Credit Suisse: Australian credit impulse shock ahead

Via the excellent Damien Boey at Credit Suisse: Loan demand plunges in April. Loan approvals fell sharply by 9.2% in April, taking year-ended growth lower to -2.9% from 12.6%. Compositionally, weakness was broadly based across lending categories, with particularly sharp falls in personal and business construction loans. Worse still, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)


ME Bank dills face the music

Via Banking Day: A showdown looms this morning between ME Bank’s board and irate shareholders seeking accountability for the ruinous decision to slash redraw entitlements of thousands of its mortgage borrowers. ME’s board is due to meet for the first time since the bank’s reputation was savaged in the first week of May by customers


Aussie mortgage defaults on the march

Via Moody’s: » The 30+ days delinquency rate for prime Australian residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) increased to 1.79% in March 2020 from 1.55% in December 2019 and 1.57% in March 2019. » Delinquencies will continue to increase in 2020 because of the economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Australian prime RMBS delinquency rates, which


Aussie credit growth screams deleveraging

Via the excellent Damien Boey at Credit Suisse: Credit growth surprises materially to the downside. Bank credit was unchanged in April, compared with the Consensus forecast for 0.6% monthly growth. Year-ended growth slowed to 3.6% from an upwardly revised 3.7%, versus expectations for a pick up to 4% . Compositionally, business and housing credit rose moderately, while personal credit fell. Arguably the


Mortgage repayment cliff beckons

A Senate committee has been told that businesses and households have now deferred around $250 billion worth of loan repayments due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) chairman Wayne Byres conceded that some customers will not be able to repay their loans when they are required to resume repayments: Australian Prudential


Scomoprime brims over

Via Banking Day: Demand for guarantees under the Morrison Government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme now exceeds capacity after the limit of 10,000 borrower reservations was reached last week. Data collated by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation – the government agency tasked with managing the program – show that 5,500 guarantees have been


Genworth downgraded on Scomoprime

Can anyone say “sovereign risk”: S&P Global Ratings today said it has revised its outlook on Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Pty Ltd. (Genworth Australia) and Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Pty Ltd. (NZ Branch) to negative from stable. At the same time, we affirmed our ‘A’ insurer financial strength and issuer credit ratings on both entities. We also affirmed the rating on Genworth Australia’s subordinated


Banks tighten screws on mortgage borrowers

The Australian Bankers Association (ABA) has released figures showing that 429,000 mortgages have so far been deferred – one in every 14 mortgages – totaling $153.5 billion: The Australian Banking Association today released new figures which showed 429,000 mortgages had been deferred totalling $153.5 billion. The figures take the total number of loans deferred to


The battle to lift the yield curve

Via the excellent Damien Boey at Credit Suisse: Real yield curve model points to steepening, but … We define the Australian real yield curve as the 10-year inflation-indexed bond yield minus the real 3-month interbank rate, using the inflation swaps curve to profile long- and short-term inflation expectations. Our proprietary model of the real yield curve


UBS: Banks need much more capital

Via the excellent Jonathon Mott at UBS: Results were all about the Balance Sheet. P&L takes the back-seat 1H20 reporting season was disappointing, in our view. Although sector NPAT fell 45%, the focus was on capital and provisioning build as the banks prepare for a recession. COVID-19 overlays were at the lower end of expectations,


CBA: Mortgage volumes holding up

From Banking Day: Weekly application volumes trended lower over March, April and May “relative to the peak volumes experienced in February,” Commonwealth Bank said in a trading update yesterday. On the other hand the bank said “application volumes remain strong and are around 10 per cent higher than the same period last year,” perhaps confounding


Fitch downgrades Genworth

Drip, drip, drip: Fitch Ratings – Sydney/Singapore – 12 May 2020: Fitch Ratings has downgraded the Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) Rating of Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Ltd’s (GMA) main operating subsidiary, Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Pty Limited (GFMI) to ‘A’ (Strong) from ‘A+’ (Strong). The Outlook is Negative. KEY RATING DRIVERS The rating actions are


NAB most exposed to SME melt

Via Banking Day: Macquarie Securities has reviewed the institutional loan portfolios of the major banks, using a number of quality screens to assess their strengths: the rate of growth in the lead-up to the downturn; the proportion of listed versus unlisted companies; the proportion of companies with credit ratings; the average credit rating across the


CBA warns but keeps dividend

CBA out with its update: So, profits down 23%. It’s sold Colonial First State to KKR. NIM down despite big deposit flows. Provisions up solidly but not enough. Capital not strong at 10.7% but it’s in line with the other banks so I guess that’s why it has been allowed to continue the dividend. That