Big bank dividends can still grow

The Murray Report findings in relation to equity capital doesn’t mean the healthy dividends of the big four banks will shrink.

David Murray has proposed that Australia’s big banks be required to hold more equity capital. Murray’s interim report, published last week, suggested that the stability of Australia’s financial system would be improved if the ‘big four’ banks had more equity capital.

The report argues that more equity capital would reduce the chance that taxpayers would have to bail out the big banks if global events destabilised the Australian economy.

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