House of the Year, Australia: ANZ

ANZ's risk-bearing capacity wins it Australia house award

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With their balance sheets pinched by more onerous capital requirements, global investment banks have been pulling back from the Australian market, either unable or unwilling to take on more risk in a sector strained by thin liquidity. Against this backdrop, ANZ – a leading household name in Australian retail banking – has emerged as the champion for investors looking to move risk off their books at an agreeable price.

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