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Moody's Investors Service has assigned provisional ratings to the notes to be issued by Perpetual Corporate Trust Limited in its capacity as the trustee of the Flexi ABS Trust 2019-1. "IMPORTANT NOTICE: MOODY'S RATINGS AND PUBLICATIONS ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE BY RETAIL INVESTORS.

14 Mar, 2019 01:00 / Yahoo! Finance

The Sydney-based lender said Thursday it was suspending the spinoff to focus on implementing recommendations from the Royal Commission, refunding customers and fixing past issues. The move is the latest sign the inquiry’s findings are still rattling banks after Commissioner Kenneth Hayne released his recommendations last month. The report has left the fate of the mortgage-broking industry in question and spurred the resignation of National Australia Bank Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Andrew Thorburn and Chairman Ken Henry after their leadership was sharply criticized.

Moody's Investors Service has assigned ratings to Delta Air Lines, Inc.'s Pass Through Certificates, Series 2019-1 that the company announced earlier today: $425 million Class AA with a legal final due date of October 25, 2025 at Aa3 and $75 million Class A with a legal final due date of October 25, 2025 at A3 (together, "the Certificates"). The senior unsecured rating of Delta is Baa3, its rating outlook is stable and neither is affected by this rating action.

After a year of bruising interrogation, Australia's oligopoly banking system has emerged from a government-appointed inquiry with reputations tarnished and some top executives removed - but also an unexpected opportunity to rebuild. Proposed reforms to the mortgage broking industry revealed on Monday will potentially put billions of dollars of broker-originated loans in play in the banks' most important profit-generating sector. Australia's "Big Four" banks - Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac Banking Corp - now have the opportunity to battle for the money projected to leak from the mortgage broking sector and capture extra margins by cutting out an intermediary.

Half Year 2019 Commonwealth Bank of Australia Earnings Presentation

06 Feb, 2019 04:06 / Yahoo! Finance

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Commonwealth Bank of Australia recorded a drop in statutory net drop in its latest half-year to 4.6 billion Australian dollars ($3.3 billion) on Wednesday as the nation's biggest lender was hit by costs for misconduct, lower profit margins and a downturn in the housing market.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the country's biggest lender, posted a weaker than expected first-half profit on Wednesday as rising costs and fierce competition for mortgages squeezed its margins, sending its shares down sharply. The result reflects the pincer action that is putting a brake on profit growth in Australian banks: global market turmoil is making it more expensive for them to borrow money, while a housing downturn spurs competition for new customers. The inquiry's final report, published on Monday, recommended regulators consider prosecutions for 24 misconduct cases which may include CBA.

Australian bank shares surged the most in a decade on Tuesday after a long-awaited report on finance-sector misconduct recommended dozens of rule changes but spared the "Big Four" lenders any serious threat to their market dominance. In a report released by the government on Monday, the retired judge who led a public inquiry into financial-sector misconduct last year, referred 24 cases to regulators for possible prosecution. "It is possible that the banks may face criminal proceedings but we do not believe that any of the 76 recommendations by themselves will have a material financial impact," UBS analysts said in a research note.

A special government-appointed inquiry excoriated Australia's financial sector for misconduct on Monday, referring two dozen cases to regulators for possible legal action but leaving the structure of the country's powerful banks in place. Regulators will be subjected to a new oversight body and the financial industry's pay will be overhauled to remove conflicts of interest, according to the recommendations of the so-called Royal Commission. The recommendations come after the public inquiry heard 11 months of shocking revelations of the financial industry's wrongdoing, including that fees were charged to the accounts of dead people and that cash bribes were paid over the counter to win mortgage business, wiping A$60 billion from the country's top finance stocks.

The CEO and chairman of National Australia Bank Ltd were called out for apparent unwillingness to accept responsibility for past wrongs at the country's No. 4 lender in a landmark report on the sector, published on Monday. After a year-long inquiry, the financial services Royal Commission recommended referring some of the country's biggest money managers to regulators for possible further action in 24 cases, but largely avoided naming individuals. "Having heard from both the CEO, Mr Thorburn, and the Chair, Dr Henry, I am not as confident as I would wish to be that the lessons of the past have been learned," wrote the retired High Court judge who ran the inquiry, Kenneth Hayne, in his final report.

Australia's corporate regulators will be subjected to a new oversight body in a shake-up of the banking sector recommended on Monday by a high-powered independent inquiry into financial sector greed and malpractice. The government-appointed inquiry known as a Royal Commission also advised in its landmark report that remuneration structures across the industry be overhauled to remove systemic conflicts of interest. The commission's recommendations were released by the government after 11 months of shocking revelations of financial wrongdoing which wiped A$60 billion (33.22 billion pounds) from the country's top finance stocks.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A powerful public inquiry into Australia's finance industry referred 24 instances of bad corporate behaviour to regulators for possible prosecution but did not suggest any individuals ...

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Monday said the final report of a wide-scale inquiry into the banking system would end uncertainty hanging over an industry that was "a key artery" of the economy through the provision of credit. Speaking at a news conference after the release of the Royal Commission report into banking misconduct, Frydenberg said the principle focus of the government was to restore trust in the financial system while maintaining the flow of credit to the economy.

Australia's corporate and prudential regulators must undergo regular, rigorous assessments under an independent oversight body, a powerful review of the country's banking sector recommended in its long-anticipated final report on Monday. The move, aimed at strengthening the accountability of the country's two main regulators, comes after the year-long review found many instances of lax oversight or inadequate responses to poor conduct by financial services providers. In the 496-page document, Commissioner Kenneth Hayne said the new body, independent of the government, will have sweeping powers to conduct inspections of either regulator at will, issue notices to them to produce documents and deliver regular reviews.