ASB Bank, the local unit of Commonwealth Bank of Australia, lifted profit 12 percent as the local bank lifted its earnings from growing interest income and wider margins.
The outlook on ASB Bank’s debt rating was lowered by Fitch Ratings following a damning report into the culture and governance of its parent Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA).
Regulators launch urgent inquisition into big four Australian-owned banks, demanding results of internal inquiries into problems seen in Australia. Bernard Hickey introduces the full letter demanding results within 2 weeks.
Former Finance Minister Bill English has described the influence of Australia's big four banks as more pervasive in New Zealand than that of China.
Kerry McDonald, a former chair of the BNZ and former National Australia Bank director, argues the current system designed to protect depositors in New Zealand’s big four banks is fundamentally flawed. He cites weak local governance by both the banks' boards and the Reserve Bank, and an unfair system that penalises local savers in any crisis. Like the IMF, McDonald is calling for tougher Reserve Bank regulation and reform of protections for savers.
Good morning all.
For the convenience of email subscribers, here's my weekend column, in which I argue EFTPOS is a national champion that saves NZ Inc hundreds of millions of dollars a year and should not be surrendered in the shift to contactless payments and mobile wallets.
Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler has presented Statistics NZ with the central bank and financial regulator's wish list of new statistics it wants to see, including a monthly inflation measure and quarterly national income figures.
Solid Energy has signalled that unless coal prices improve it may have to cut costs again and may not be able to repay debt as fast as it had previously forecast to its bankers.
Solid Energy is conducting a feasibility study for a limited restart of mining at its Spring Creek mine on the West Coast, which had employed 220 staff until its shock mothballing in October 2012.