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Clancy Yeates reports on banking and finance and is a former Canberra business correspondent.
Clancy Yeates Financial system inquiry chair David Murray has backed the banking regulator's approach to making the industry more resilient to shocks, even though it fell short of supporting all his...
Clancy Yeates Westpac's plans to sell its banks in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands have been put on hold after discussions with regulators in each country prevented deals from going ahead.
Clancy Yeates and James Eyers Analysts are predicting Commonwealth Bank of Australia and ANZ Banking Group will be forced to strengthen their balance sheets to avoid slipping behind rivals.
Clancy Yeates After all the pain big banks caused in the global financial crisis, making them safer is one of the top goals of regulators around the world.
James Eyers and Clancy Yeates Australia's banks would need to raise around $28 billion of equity capital to become "unquestionably strong", but APRA says it does not intend to tie bank capital requirements to international...
Clancy Yeates Suncorp believes big banks are targeting smaller lenders' core owner-occupier customers, reinforcing the need for pro-competition reforms.
Clancy Yeates New mortgage lending dropped more sharply than expected in May, as banks toughened their credit policies in response to fears the property market is overheating.
James Eyers and Clancy Yeates The profit generating engine that is the Australian banking sector has been spluttering over the past few months.
Clancy Yeates Treasury Secretary John Fraser says recent volatility on China's stockmarket is a taste of the "transition risks" created by the gradual opening up and development of the country's financial system.
Clancy Yeates Australia's biggest lender to landlords, Westpac, will require new property investors to have a deposit of at least 20 per cent.
Clancy Yeates National Australia Bank finance chief Craig Drummond says conditions on financial markets are supporting the bank's move to sell assets.
Clancy Yeates The financial regulator has raised concerns about new risks being created as the industry makes greater use of cloud computing to cut costs and compete with technology-based rivals.
Clancy Yeates The Commonwealth Bank has reversed its May decision to raise two deposit account interest rates, a move it had said was influenced by consideration of savers.
Clancy Yeates One of the country's biggest mortgage brokers, Mortgage Choice, says the clampdown on lending to landlords has dragged property investors' share of its loan approvals to a 20-month low.
Clancy Yeates More and more people do not use an ATM in a typical week, new figures show.
Clancy Yeates HSBC has singled out the booming trade and investment flows between Australia and China as a key priority.
Clancy Yeates Housing investor credit growth expanded at a quicker pace than the banking regulator's 10 per cent-a-year cap in May.
Clancy Yeates ANZ Bank has been given the green light to offer a wider range of financial services in Thailand after it was granted a banking licence by the country's regulators.
Clancy Yeates Investors may have fallen out of love with Australian banks, but they remain among the most profitable lenders in the developed world.
Clancy Yeates Banks have failed to pass on lower interest rates to credit card customers during the current cycle of rate cuts, in an attempt to claw back weaker interest and fee revenue from spendthrift consumers.