Brisbane’s crown jewel is the Royal Bank of Australia.
The bank, which is also Australia’s largest lender, is one of the world’s biggest and most powerful financial institutions.
The building at its centre in the city centre, on the corner of South and East streets, has been a fixture for more than a century and has been the subject of several iconic images over the years.
The Brisbane Royal Bank was the first branch of the bank in Australia and the first in the world, opening in 1901.
Its history is also full of iconic moments, including the opening of the first bank in 1871.
Today, it is a major contributor to Australia’s economy and has a significant share of the national wealth.
But the future of the institution is uncertain, as it struggles to stay afloat.
The Royal Bank’s future will be decided by a new owner who is expected to be the largest private sector shareholder in the bank.
The new owner is likely to be a foreign investor.
“The Royal Bank has been at the heart of the financial system of Australia for many years,” says Ben Bowery, head of Australian banking at Deloitte.
“Its history has a lot of influence in the national economy, so there are a lot that we have to do to maintain the status quo.”
In the past, the bank has been owned by foreign investors.
But in recent years, the Australian government has tightened regulations on foreign ownership of financial institutions in the country, including introducing an ownership threshold of $1 billion.
The threshold has been criticised by the business community and has raised concerns about whether the bank could continue to operate after its new owner becomes the country’s biggest private sector investor.
If the new owner wants to take control of the Royal Banks’ Australian operations, the government could step in.
“It would certainly be very interesting to see the Government of Australia stepping in to give the new owners the ability to put the Australian banks on a footing that they have not been able to do before,” says Bowerly.
“There’s a real question mark around the viability of the Australian banking sector.”
But even if the new ownership decides to step in, there is a lot more at stake for the financial sector in Australia than just the Royal banks.
There are significant changes taking place in Australia’s economic system, as the federal government pushes to create a new kind of financial institution.
The Federal Government is setting out a blueprint to create an independent central bank, called a “central bank” or “central clearing house”.
The Federal Reserve will oversee the creation of a new entity to manage the currency and credit markets.
This central bank will be responsible for managing the countrys currency, and the currency’s value and market value will be determined by a number of private and public bodies.
There will also be a centralised market for the sale of goods and services and a central market for foreign exchange, with the exchange rate being determined by the central bank.
These central banks are expected to have a central role in providing the world with a safe and sound financial system, but they will be accountable to no one.
They are also expected to play a major role in maintaining a stable global economy, providing financial services and supporting a growing number of small and medium businesses.
“We need a banking system that can act as a counterweight to what the market wants,” says Andrew Pivon, an associate professor at the Australian National University’s School of Law.
“So we need a system that is a credible counterweight, and we need to have it on a basis that is able to provide that counterweight.”
Pivons research has shown that the Federal Reserve can only do this if it is able provide an effective system of central clearing houses.
These clearing houses, known as “shadow banking” or, more accurately, “shadow clearing houses”, act as the clearing house for banks’ operations in other jurisdictions, so they do not have direct access to the central clearing house.
Pivson believes the Federal Government has a responsibility to ensure that these shadow banks operate with a “sound and soundest footing”.
“If we are to be able to move forward with a modern financial system that works for everyone, then we need these clearing houses to be sound and sound, not just the central banks,” he says.
“If the shadow banks are failing, we need more independent central clearinghouses.”
But while the Federal government has a clear mandate to create the new central clearing institution, there are questions about whether it will be able or willing to take the reins of the banking system.
In September this year, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand announced it would be replacing its current central clearing services.
The decision followed a series of investigations into alleged misconduct by the Reserve.
These included allegations of alleged illegal behaviour, money laundering, and manipulation of the foreign exchange markets.
But as part of its review, the New Zealand central bank is also examining whether the Reserve has the capacity to conduct a central clearing service