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Posted on 07 Aug 2017 by Steve Johnson

$1bn Fine The Least of CBA’s Worries

Reading the weekend’s press, some CBA shareholders are surprisingly sanguine about last week’s shocking revelations. The market capitalisation fell more than $5bn, the theory goes, well in excess of the fine CBA is likely to incur.

Just another case of Mr Market overreacting then?

Maybe. There’s one issue I haven’t seen much discussion of, though, that has the potential to be far more expensive for CBA shareholders.

Every bank that provides funding to CBA has spent the weekend trying to work out what their own compliance obligations are. Are they at risk of providing funding to an organisation without appropriate terrorism financing controls? The US banks in particular are absolutely ruthless on this issue and, given the fines handed out to HSBC and Barclays in recent years, it is hard to imagine how CBA’s cost of funding stays at its current low levels.

Throw in the consequences of a Royal Commission, and the obvious risk of more misconduct issues raising their ugly heads, and a $1bn fine really is the least of CBA’s worries.

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2 thoughts on “$1bn Fine The Least of CBA’s Worries

  1. I think both the customers and shareholders will realise that its more a case of incompetence and mismanagement rather than criminal intent! In this day and age, investors have notoriously short memories and I’m sure that once the requisite heads have rolled, normal business practices will resume. (Written with a healthy dose of cynicism!)

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