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Keating backs macroprudential, SMSF curbs
Macro Business, 20-Oct-14
Former Treasurer, Prime Minister, and architect of Australia’s compulsory superannuation system, Paul Keating, over the weekend called for curbs on self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) using leverage to invest in Australian residential property. From The AFR:

[There has] been “a dramatic acceleration” in investor financing, said Mr Keating…

“This is associated with the growth of self-managed super funds and their ability to borrow,” he said. “If I was treasurer today, I would be looking very hard at the whole entitlement or availability of debt to SMSFs. They have gearing ­available to them and, of course, many of them are taking the option of buying residential property”…

“This is making it nearly impossible for younger people, owner-occupiers, to afford to house themselves”…

“We can’t persist with the position where our children cannot afford to house themselves and that is where we are now”…

…Weighing into the debate about whether macro-prudential controls were needed on banks to curb property investing, Mr Keating said this would be better than raising interest rates.

…“If banks tell you lending standards are not suffering at all, don’t believe them.

Keating’s warning echoes those of the draft report of the Murray Inquiry into Australia’s financial system, which in July took direct aim at the embryonic growth of SMSF property leverage:
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