Across the market rates are heading south as anticipation increases that the RBA will move to cut the official cash rate when it meets on the first Tuesday in November, exactly one year since it last felt the need to adjust rates. During September the Mozo rate chasing data team started seeing the first real indications of this change in mood.
In home loans, fixed rates led the way down. At the end of September, the average 1 year rate was 6.62%, 28 basis points below where it was in August, and the average 3 year fixed rate 43 basis points lower to 6.59% over the same period. All of the major banks reduced their fixed rates in September – the biggest 1 year fixed movement was Westpac slashing its rate by half a percent to 6.69%, and NAB cut its three year rate by 45 basis points to 6.64%.
The best 1 year fixed rate for home loans of $300,000 is Greater Building Society’s 5.89%, 40 basis points lower than a month ago (which was then the lowest 1 year fixed). loans.com.au took the title of cheapest variable rate loan in the market with its dream catcher home loan, dropping from 6.69% to 6.58%.
Term Deposit rates are also on their way down, with both the market average and the best 1 year rate down by about 15 basis points. At the end of September the average 1 year rate was 5.54% and the best in the market was Beirut Hellenic Bank at 6.10%. The major banks are pulling their rates back too. ANZ had the biggest drop in any of the big four 1 year rates over the month, a 42 basis point reduction to 5.18% .
Competition in the online savings account area has been running hot for the last year, and over the 12 months to the end of September the average Savings Account rate increased by 35 basis points, 10 basis points more than last November’s RBA cash rate increase. Going against the trend, and perhaps a sign of things to come, Westpac cut the rate on its eSaver by 50 basis points to 4.80%.
The only positive online savings rate movement Mozo saw in September was RaboDirect increasing its bonus rate offer on its High Interest Savings Account by 0.01% so it could claim equal best rate in the market (with UBank and Virgin Money) at 6.51%.