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Banks get three years to reset sales incentives

Australia's banking sector needs "a sharp break with the past", wrote Stephen Sedgwick in his review of the industry's pay practices. But sharp does not mean short, with Sedgwick suggesting a three-year time frame for reform and a follow-up review in 2020. read more

APRA imprint an elusive force in Sydney and Melbourne

Improved clearance rates over the weekend point to business as usual in the property market.It's one reason APRA's latest turn of the vice on banks' loans to property investors is "unlikely to substantially slow the increases in dwelling values, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne," Cameron Kusher, head of research at CoreLogic believes.?Rather, investment fundamentals may, over time, leave their mark on the frothy property prices of Australia's two largest cities, the chief commentator for the influential research house believes. APRA's activism, in Kusher's view, only extends the list of factors at play."From an investor's rationale, surely the proposition for investment, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne is starting to weaken," Kusher wrote in a blog post yesterday."Housing markets are likely approaching their peak," he said. read more

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