Rising Bad-Debt Charges Next Hassle for Australian Lenders

  • Provisions at top-four banks to climb to highest since 2010
  • Falling commodity prices taking a toll on mining exposure

A dump truck drives along a haul road in an open pit mine west of Kalgoorlie, Australia.

Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Already faced with higher capital requirements and a housing market past its peak, Australian banks have a new headache to contend with: corporate loans.

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