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Clancy Yeates reports on banking and finance and is a former Canberra business correspondent.
Clancy Yeates and James Eyers Banks are taking immediate steps to slow the rapid growth in lending to property investors, in response to action by regulators to prevent the housing market from overheating.
Clancy Yeates Small Business Minister Bruce Billson is pushing ahead to extend unfair contract laws to cover small-business customers, despite bank threats the move will push up borrowing costs.
Clancy Yeates Banks are trying to woo savers by offering better rates on some longer-term loans.
Clancy Yeates and Mark Mulligan New lending rules could mean bigger interest rate discounts for borrowers who live in the home they are borrowing against.
Clancy Yeates Banks are eyeing a cut from the government's $5.5 billion in tax perks for small-business owners.
Clancy Yeates First home buyers in NSW are loading up on nearly 25 per cent more debt than they were when the Reserve Bank began cutting official interest rates, as buyers scramble to get a foot in the door.
Clancy Yeates Australian banks face challenges from the rising likelihood of a long-term "correction" in the housing market, credit ratings agency Moody's has warned.
Clancy Yeates Australian Prudential Regulation Authority chairman Wayne Byres has backed banks acting early to raise their capital levels, and warned that he expects credit growth in the red-hot investor housing...
Mathew Dunckley and Clancy Yeates Retailers are set for a sales rush in the wake of a generous tax break for small businesses that will encourage spending on everything from office supplies and computers to fencing and cars.
Clancy Yeates Joe Hockey has brought the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's registry business a step closer to privatisation after last year's budget flagged it as an asset that could be put on the...
Clancy Yeates Fly-in fly-out workers are set to lose access to a tax break for living in remote areas, a change that will save the budget $325 million.
Clancy Yeates Backpackers and others on working holidays will be stung with higher income tax bills as a result of tougher new rules.
Clancy Yeates ANZ and Westpac-owned BT Financial Group have supported proposals for advisers to be educated in ethical conduct, as well as changes to how professional standards are set.
Clancy Yeates Banks' performance in recent times has made them seem almost bullet-proof, but this week they took a bullet.
Clancy Yeates National Australia Bank chief Andrew Thorburn is asking shareholders to tip in a record $5.5 billion to fund an ambitious plan to sever the bank's troubled ties to Britain and dramatically boost its...
James Eyers and Clancy Yeates National Australia Bank will raise around $5.5 billion in a rights issue and demerge its UK bank, Clydesdale.
Clancy Yeates ANZ Bank has flagged its intention to sell assets, including some of its minority stakes in a clutch of Asian banks, as it vows to boost shareholder returns and meet tougher demands from regulators
Clancy Yeates Shares in the major banks have plunged deeper into correction territory after a weak trading update from the Commonwealth Bank revealed rising costs, narrowing profit margins and increasing loan...
Clancy Yeates The Commonwealth Bank's March quarter profits came in at about $2.2 billion, unchanged from the same period last year, amid higher expense growth and pressure on its profit margins.
Clancy Yeates The Commonwealth Bank is only passing on part of Tuesday's cut in official rates to borrowers, but has taken the unusual step of raising some deposit interest rates.