RBA warns the banks ‘don’t be stingy’ (2GB Money News)

The Reserve Bank of Australia has warned banks to loosen up their lending practices when approving home loan applications. Firstmac CFO James Austin tells Ross Greenwood bank staff need to be more consistent when granting credit.  

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15 May 2015

Firstmac issues Australia's biggest non-bank RMBS since crisis

Firstmac Ltd. has priced A$1 billion ($805 million) of notes in the Australian-dollar market’s largest non-bank mortgage-bond deal since the global financial crisis.

The Brisbane-based lender, which funds online mortgage website loans.com.au, sold A$600 million of top class AAA rated notes at a spread of 98 basis points over the bank-bill swap rate, according to an e-mailed statement. It issued a further A$358 million of AAA rated notes at spreads ranging from 115 to 195 basis points, while the remaining A$42 million of securities carried lower credit scores or were held onto by the issuer.- Bloomberg Business- view article