The ANZ (ASX:ANZ) share price is trailing behind the big four today

All the big four banks are in the green on the ASX today, with ANZ bringing up the rear.

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The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ASX: ANZ) share price is trailing behind its peers’ on Friday.

The bank’s stock is in the green by the skin of its teeth, boasting a 0.1% gain at the time of writing and trading at $27.41.

That’s better than the broader market’s performance today though. Right now, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is down 0.39%. Meanwhile, the All Ordinaries Index (ASX: XAO) is also down 0.38%.

The National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX: NAB) share price is defying the dip, having gained 0.8% at the time of writing. Shares in Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC) are performing next best, sporting a 0.5% rise. While the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) share price is currently 0.3% higher than its previous close.

Let’s take a look at what might be weighing on the ANZ share price’s performance today.

ANZ share price lags the big four

The ANZ share price is underperforming against those of its peers today despite no price sensitive news released by any of the big four banks today.

However, ANZ CEO Shayne Elliott addressed the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics yesterday afternoon, as did the CEO of Commonwealth Bank.

Elliott spoke to the committee about housing prices and scams, among other issues.

He noted bank concerns over rising housing prices which might affect wealth distribution and household debt levels.

The bank forecasted that housing prices would have gained 20% year-on-year by the end of 2021, with prices in regional areas lifting even more. Bank analysts believe housing prices in capital cities will grow another 7% in 2022.

Elliott also said the number of scams affecting ANZ customers had increased recently. Over the first 8 months of 2021, 73% more ANZ customers fell victim to scams than in the same period the previous year. Elliott said a high proportion of modern scams involve cryptocurrency.

Of the $77 million lost to scammers from ANZ bank accounts in 2021 so far, the bank has been able to recover $19 million.  

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