A populist report

Comments on my post on the Commerce Commission draft report that examined New Zealand’s personal banking services kept me busy this week. I received some interesting emails and phone calls. One thing that I missed from most of these interactions was the motivation of the Commerce Commission to write this report. Why did the Commerce… Read More A populist report

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission plea for lower bank capital to bolster bank competition – what could possibly go wrong?

On 21 March, the New Zealand Commerce Commission published a study of the domestic personal banking services market. For those who are unfamiliar with the Commerce Commission, it is New Zealand’s leading agency for promoting competition, ensuring fair trade, and protecting consumer rights, dedicated to keeping markets fair and informed. The study finds that the… Read More New Zealand’s Commerce Commission plea for lower bank capital to bolster bank competition – what could possibly go wrong?

The RBNZ Financial Stability Report: plus ça change.

Yesterday, the Reserve Bank published its May Financial Stability Report (FSR). It’s always an interesting read, and I guess that RBNZ employees enjoy contributing to this publication. I will not dwell too long on the report, as the message is very Blue Peter: “New Zealand’s financial system is well placed to handle the increasing interest… Read More The RBNZ Financial Stability Report: plus ça change.

Fresh RBNZ dashboard data confirms New Zealand’s banks are resilient – again

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand just published its latest Financial Strength Dashboard data. It is now up to date until 31 December of last year. A summary Capital went up. Largely thanks to restrictions on distributions and perhaps a donation from a generous parent bank, aggregate CET1 ratios are now well over twelve percent.… Read More Fresh RBNZ dashboard data confirms New Zealand’s banks are resilient – again

Eyes Wide Shut: Did Bank Capital Grow under RBNZ’s Governor Orr?

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?