Latest articles from Australia

Thirst for Foster's boosts SABMiller deal

March 1, 2012

SABMiller's need to finance its $12.3bn takeover of Foster's saw it issue a $7bn multi-tranche Yankee. The result defied even the most optimistic of expectations, with high demand seeing the brewer come close to refinancing its bridging loan of $8bn in one fell swoop.

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Clearing and settlement remains a barrier to Australian competition

May 28, 2010

The much-anticipated competition in Australia's cash equities markets is finally taking hold, but hopeful new entrants may yet be stymied by the challenges presented by the clearing and settlement infrastructure. Writer Elton Cane

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The big four banks look outside Australia for growth

December 30, 2009

Having sidestepped the worst of the global financial crisis, the dominance of Australia's big four banks in the domestic market means that further major expansion is likely to happen elsewhere, particularly in Asia. Writer Elton Cane

Australian bonds bounce back

January 5, 2009

Dislocation and falling equity markets are breathing life into the Australian corporate bond market, while a falling cash rate and government-led initiatives are also resuscitating the once lifeless government bond market. Writer Kate Hage.

Switching rule makes banks twitchy

April 7, 2008

A new law in Australia to make it easier to change banks will disadvantage the main players and encourage switching for switching’s sake, writes Michael Imeson.

Small fry battle the big four

April 7, 2008

It is a given that larger banks have scale in their favour but Australia’s smaller banks are playing on customer service in a bid to win business, writes Virginia Marsh.

ANZ extends its Asian presence

August 1, 2007

After pursuing a strategy of investing in less-developed Asian markets, ANZ is set to enjoy the fruits of its labours as these markets grow. Virginia Marsh reports.

Aussies taken to cleaners by money laundering law

March 5, 2007

New laws to combat money laundering and terrorist financing in Australia will place a big burden on banks and taxpayers as well as compromise personal privacy, warns Michael Imeson.

Identity Fraud Round Table

January 9, 2007

“Phishing” attacks and improvements in ID fraud prevention were the two key topics discussed at The Banker’s Identity Fraud Round Table in London on 5 December, chaired by Contributing Editor Michael Imeson.

Jacqueline Guichelaar

December 4, 2006

Jacqueline Guichelaar, general manager, technology operations, National Australia Group, tells Dan Barnes of the importance of marrying technology and business decision making.

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