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Australian Bank results show 1 Speed Aussie economy – SLOW

Australian Bank results show 1 Speed Aussie economy – SLOW

The full year result by CBA recently was a good reflection of the level of growth Australia is currently experiencing – low. The banks reported cash NPAT was up just 4% for the full 12 months or $278m to $7.1b. However, if we back out the 15% reduction in loan impairment expenses, $191m, despite the oligopoly the big 4 have in Australia, the best they could manage was growth overall of 1-2% in banking, funds management and insurance. The 15% improvement in credit quality was definitely a surprise in the result given the scores of jobs losses recently. A development we continue to monitor closely.


Roger Montgomery is the Founder and Chairman of Montgomery Investment Management. Roger has over three decades of experience in funds management and related activities, including equities analysis, equity and derivatives strategy, trading and stockbroking. Prior to establishing Montgomery, Roger held positions at Ord Minnett Jardine Fleming, BT (Australia) Limited and Merrill Lynch.

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  1. Roger, the result would not be surprising to mortgage brokers, where CBA have dropped from #1 to #3 on the preferred lenders list (of the big4 banks). With banks packaging home loans with a transaction account, credit card and discounts on insurance and wealth management products, losing a home loan will lower volumes in other product areas of the bank. For what it’s worth, Homeside Lending, the broker product for NAB, moved from #3 to #1.

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