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Kiwi subsidiaries face sterner capital rules

Risk analysts who were expecting the Basel IV capital accords to have a "benign" impact on the capital requirements of Australia's four major banks might need to review their judgements after the publication on Tuesday of a provocative consultation paper by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. read more

Blackstone swoops on La Trobe Financial

Concerns raised by domestic regulators and global asset strategists over how Australia's overheating property market could destabilise the economy has done little to stifle international investment in local non-bank lenders. read more