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ANZ Bank attractive to Chinese strategic buyer?

In Banks, China on 20/04/2012 at 7:24 pm

An Australian who recently retired as head of Standard Chartered’s business in China believes there’s a strong chance of a major Chinese lender picking up a cornerstone stake in one of Oz’s big four banks within a few years. The Age carried an interview with Mike Pratt, , who says it’s “highly possible” that a major Chinese player will take a stake of up to 15%  in a major Australian bank this decade”.

ANZ Bank would make the most sense, given its super-regional bank strategy. Commonwealth Bank is increasing its presence in Asia but is nowhere as regional as ANZ Bank.

Westpac (a portmanteau of “Western-Pacific”) despite its name, and National Australia Bank both focus on Oz after misadventures abroad.

Dividends — Chk Oz out

In Investments on 29/11/2009 at 7:02 am

Dear Mr Cynical Investor

I thought I would add my two bits worth after reading your piece on “New thinking on Asian Stocks”. If you think that dividend yields of 2.8% for Asian markets is exciting may I tickle you with dividend yields of 6% plus for Australian banks (the major 4 being among the world’s top ten triple A rated banks) and as much as 9% for the nation’s Telecom company, Telstra. With 100% franking (tax credits), FY10 gross yield jumps up to 8-9% for the banks and 13% for Telstra. Using the simple Rule of 72, an investment in Telstra (ceteris paribus of cos) at the gross yield of 13% would double your money in 5 1/2 years.

No wonder the A$ is so strong ;-)

From someone who thinks Albert Einstein, Jesus Christ, Ussan Bolt are not a patch on her son — but at least the boy got letter from Kevin Rudd contragulating him that among he the top 1%  A-level students.

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