SMSF borrowing gets tougher for Westpac customers

SMSF borrowing gets tougher for Westpac customers
SMSF borrowing gets tougher for Westpac customers

Westpac is cutting lending to self-managed super funds for residential investment properties, according to the Australian Financial Review.

The bank has cut maximum loan-to-value ratios from 80 to 70% and tightened other lending criteria.

Super fund borrowing has increased from less than $500 million to more than $9 billion, the Australian Taxation Office says over the past five years.

The recent financial system inquiry warned that current growth rates could create a systemic risk in the future, even though total borrowing was small compared to the overall economy.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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