Australian banks face big challenges on Basle II

SYDNEY, AUSRALIA -- Major Australian banks still face significant challenges if they are to use the advanced internal ratings-based (IRB) approach to measuring credit risk under the Basle II bank accord, a senior executive at credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s said in late May.

The development of adequate databases for commercial lending exposures is a significant challenge for Australia’s four biggest banks -- ANZ, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac -- all

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