The saving of us

By Linda Sanders In Current Affairs, Money

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1st May, 2013
Europe’s various banking traumas are a stark reminder of what could conceivably happen here. New Zealand survived the 2008 global financial crisis pretty well, largely, we’re told, because our mainly Australian-owned banks were strong and not too exposed to a property boom that triggered the demise of many finance companies. So why is the Reserve Bank pushing for reforms, christened Open Bank Resolution (OBR), if there’s only a remote chance of our banks collapsing? This proposal is not a recent idea. The bank has been looking at it since the 1997 Asian banking crisis. The proposal ...

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