“So at present mortgage brokers do present a worthwhile service, we presume, to clients simply by the truth that they’re predominantly utilized by the purchasers,” Ms Wikramanayake stated.
“We assume they do present competitors they usually do present a service and it’s necessary that [we] attempt to proceed [this].
“The method they’re remunerated might have to vary, how they interact with their clients might have to vary, however I feel the service they supply appears to be beneficial to clients, so finally should persist.”
Ms Wikramanayake made the feedback after an operational briefing, at which she reaffirmed steerage for a carry in profit of as much as 15 per cent from final yr’s $2.56 billion, suggesting it’s on track for a profit of as much as $2.94 billion for its present monetary yr, which ends in March.
The financial institution additionally up to date the market on regulatory issues, together with a German probe into an alleged tax fraud scandal. Ms Wikramanayake stated authorities in Germany had formally categorised 22 former and present financial institution staff as “individuals of curiosity or suspects”, together with herself and predecessor Nicholas Moore.
This had been anticipated, and was flagged by the financial institution in September, when it stated employees have been more likely to be categorized as “individuals of curiosity or suspects” beneath German regulation with a purpose to be interviewed.
Ms Wikramanayake additionally stated the financial institution was “intently monitoring” the implementation of the Hayne royal commission’s recommendations.
“Royal commissions are all the time worthwhile processes for any business, to have a rigorous evaluation, and our view is we’re open to studying from and altering in relation to no matter comes out,” she stated.
Macqaurie’s market presentation highlighted the alternatives it was pursuing in industries together with renewable power, actual property, typical business, and infrastructure, in numerous markets round all over the world.
Ms Wikramanayake stated the thought behind its numerous vary of companies, which span areas together with funds administration, funding banking, and lending, was that earnings can be much less risky.
Shares in Macquarie Group, which have risen 23 per cent within the final yr because it has loved robust demand for funding in infrastructure and renewable power, gained 2.15 per cent to $124.60.
Clancy Yeates is a business reporter.