This week and the last, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand published two speeches discussing the strength of our financial system. It has been a while that I heard Geoff Bascand and Toby Fiennes on this topic, their speeches were as welcome as they were overdue. Geoff encouraged banks to be courageous. To support the… Read More Balls please, no horses
And what does it mean for one bank in particular? Last week, audit firm KPMG published its quarterly Financial Institutions Performance Survey (or FIPS). It featured the deteriorating profitability of New Zealand’s banks. Bad news of course, and the New Zealand financial press quickly jumped on the survey. Radio New Zealand printed a headline sporting… Read More Eyes Wide Shut: Did Bank Capital Grow under RBNZ’s Governor Orr?
The idea that financial markets are efficient is fascinating. A compelling story about market efficiency is the one about the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. The Challenger broke apart within minutes after its launch on 28 January 1986. I remember it very well. It was a cold day, I was in Groningen, the Netherlands. I cycled back home… Read More The wisdom of crowds
In March 2009, the International Accounting Standards Board started an ambitious plan to make accounting for banks easier to understand. In no less than 97 pages, the IABS laid out its plan to reduce complexity in the reporting of financial instruments.* At the time, the IASB did the right thing. The standard in force was too complex.… Read More No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy
About a fortnight ago Kiwibank announced that its formerly disqualified capital instruments now re-qualify as capital. Yay! This after a the capital disqualification event on which I wrote not so long ago. There was almost no press coverage of the re-qualification. Yes, there was NBR’s Jenny Ruth who wrote a noisy and non-informative story on the… Read More Kiwibank capital flip-flop
No surprise here: the RBNZ decided to render two cocos ineligible for regulatory capital purposes. This is what Kiwibank reported yesterday. The holders of the instruments likely will keep their coupon, at the expense of the cash flows accruing to Kiwibank. The reason for derecognising the instruments remains a bit of a puzzle: RBNZ “has… Read More RBNZ decides on Kiwibank cocos – uh oh
Kiwibank’s capital cock-up took an unexpected turn this week when the bank made another extraordinary announcement. On Friday, the bank let us know that its parents will bail out the bank with an infusion of $247 million of common equity. Sheesh, I thought only Italy did bail-outs! Infusing equity capital is the last thing a… Read More Kiwibank puts its money where its mouth should be
On 15 March, New Zealand Kiwibank issued two odd statements regarding their Basel III compliant (or is it compliant) capital instruments. The announcements raised the prospect of disqualification of two capital instruments: the Tier 2 convertible subordinated bond issued on 6 June 2014 (Tier 2 Bond); and the Additional Tier 1 perpetual bond issued on 27 May… Read More Free rider problems and tax bills? The Kiwibank capital cock-up