Property prices (101 items)

APRA frets at commercial property loan underwriting

APRA has written to Australia's larger domestic and foreign bank branches outlining its concerns that underwriting standards for commercial property lending are "under competitive pressure". The main theme of APRA's letter is that boards cannot avoid responsibility for any failure or watering down of underwriting standards. read more

Australian banks confront 'fragile' valuations

Australia's listed banks had better start producing profit growth of at least 13 per cent, the level "needed to justify current [equity] prices," the industry analysts at Morgan Stanley Australia argue in a report released this week. One avenue: cost control. A second, more home loan-repricing. read more

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