Canberra takes a bond ‘step change’ (The Australian)

The AOFM has started operating the $15bn Structured Finance Support Fund to help smaller lenders access funding during a period of market dislocation. Further detail on the fund provided on Tuesday evening said it was available to non-bank lenders and authorised deposit-taking institutions that did not have the collateral required to tap the RBA’s $90bn funding facility for banks. The AOFM will seek to invest in packages of loans — that are securitised — to assist smaller lenders while also considering making investments in warehouse facilities. On Friday, the AOFM started the operation of the structured fund, by investing $189m across six tranches of Firstmac’s $1bn mortgage bond. 

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16 Oct 2019

Non-bank celebrates four decades in business (Australian Broker)

One of Australia’s oldest non-bank lenders just celebrated 40 years in business with a gala dinner in Brisbane.
 
Firstmac founder, Kim Cannon, told the 400 guests in attendance that the company had found its success through innovation, hard work, and family – as well as long-term vision that placed sustainable growth ahead of short-term profits.

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