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Opportunities Post Royal Commission? You Can Count On It

Harley Grosser

Since the Royal Commission kicked off hardly a day has gone by without Australia’s largest financial institutions in the news, for all the wrong reasons. Some of the accusations are quite shocking and make for great headlines. Show More

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Hayne is bad for equity, good for debt

Christopher Joye

In the AFR I write today that one of the most enduring legacies left by the royal commissionwill be more conservative and risk-averse banks. This process was already underway after the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) embraced the 2014 financial system inquiry recommendation that the banks deleverage. (direct AFR link... Show More

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Beyond the Royal Commission headlines

Livewire Exclusive

Financial services have been making headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks. Following Rowena “Shock and” Orr’s public shellacking of the wealth management industry, AMP Limited has since lost almost its entire board of directors, as well as a big part of the executive team. The banks were... Show More

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Key stocks and ideas from the WAM presentation

Patrick Poke

Wilson Asset Management held their shareholder presentation in Sydney today. Chris Stott, Catriona Burns, and Matt Haupt all took the stage this morning to share their view on the markets, their top themes, and a few stock ideas. Here are the highlights. Show More

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Much more pain ahead for the banks

Daniel Want

The conclusion of our December 2016 Livewire article read... “Such would suggest that the 2015 peak valuations in the Australian banking sector could indeed have marked the top of a multi-decade cycle for Australian banks. The latent risks confronting Australia’s banks appear significant, suggesting a high likelihood that in the... Show More

To hike or not to hike

Brett Gillespie

The Royal Commission into Banking. My lord! But rather than opine over the content, we are interested in the potential impact. Several months ago our economist Tim Toohey estimated the impact on consumer spending when interest only loans switched to principle and interest. We were pleased to see Deputy Governor... Show More

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Rotting from the head: We need more than a Royal Commission

Clime Asset Management

The Royal Commission into the Australian banking system has triggered shocking headlines of abuse, particularly around financial advice. But there is a danger that while the inquiry identifies issues and delivers a regulatory response, it doesn’t get to the core of the problem. Show More

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Unpacking UBS criticism of Westpac

Christopher Joye

In my AFR column I explain why UBS's banking analyst Jon Mott has jumped to incorrect conclusions in regard to the quality of Westpac's mortgage book (click on that link to read for free or AFR subs can click here for direct access). Excerpt enclosed: Show More

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How ASIC Can Become a Feared Regulator

Jonathan Rochford

The revelations last week at the Banking Royal Commission illustrate the economic principle that people respond to incentives. Charlie Munger long ago summed this up with “show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome”. The rewards for ripping off customers are substantial, the probability of being caught... Show More

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Strip AMP Apart, Unwind Byzantine Banks

Christopher Joye

In my AFR column I open-up with both barrels on vertically-integrated institutions (click on that link to read for free or AFR subs can click here for direct access). Excerpt enclosed: Show More

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What the banking Royal Commission means for your bank shares

Guy Carson

I have to be honest, when the royal commission into the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services sector was first announced I was skeptical. I thought that the commission would be akin to a “Dog and Pony show” with banking executives grilled for hours about already known scandals and they in... Show More

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Podcast: Inside Investing Episode #5

James Marlay

Well a fair bit happened in the past week. Amazon opened in Australia and there’s been that small issue about a banking royal commission. Graham takes us inside a presentation on behavioural finance and I’ll share some insights from one of Australia’s most respected hedge funds. Show More

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Royal Commission Bad for Equity, Good for Debt

Christopher Joye

In the AFR today I argue that the Royal Commission will give us even more conservative and risk-averse "narrow" or "utility" banks with fewer non-core businesses (bye bye planners, wealth, insurance, funds management and proprietary traders). As with the Austrac saga, the end game is stronger banks with lower risks... Show More

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