The Australian mortgage-backed market appears to be shaping up for a strong first half both domestically and overseas, with the announcement by ANZ Banking Group of the second issue from its Kingfisher Securitisation vehicle, the completion by St. George of a favorably-priced follow-up to its October 1999 debut in the global MBS market and a handful of smaller but equally well-bid transactions by other issuers.

ANZ became the last of the four major banks (the other three are

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