The prospects for another record year in the Australian mortgage-backed securities markets have improved further with the announcement by ANZ Banking Group that it is to enter the securitisation market.

ANZ is one of the country's four major domestic banks with a total Australia-New Zealand loan portfolio of around A$50 billion equivalent (US$29 billion). Australian owner-occupied home loans, which will be the focus of the first few transactions, account for around A$24 billion.

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