ING, Bendigo Bank among lenders to pass on full 0.50% rate hike

In response to the Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to lift the cash rate by 50 basis points this month, several lenders including ING and Bendigo Bank have announced plans to increase their variable home loan rates.

ING will be bumping up its rates on 15 September. When the changes take effect, variable rates on its Mortgage Simplifier product (OO, P&I) will be 4.19% p.a. (4.22% p.a. comparison rate*) for borrowers with an LVR of 80%. 

Meanwhile, effective 16 September, Bendigo Bank’s Complete Home Loan (OO, P&I) will increase to 5.34% p.a. (5.57% p.a. comparison rate*) for borrowers with an LVR between 80-90%.

The RBA raised interest rates on Tuesday last week as part of its ongoing efforts to tame inflation. While it has acknowledged that it is not on a pre-set path, more rate hikes are expected in the coming months.

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Within a few days of the decision, ANZ, CommBank and NAB announced they intend to lift variable rates in line with the cash rate. Today, Westpac announced it will follow suit.

While many lenders are still mulling over how to respond, things will likely play out much like they did in previous months, with the majority of the lenders passing on the full rate hike to their variable rate customers. 

If they do, the average borrower with a $500,000 loan and 25 years left to pay it off could see their monthly repayments increase by around $144.

In a speech delivered last Thursday, RBA governor Philip Lowe hinted that after four consecutive months of 50 basis point increases, the pace of monetary tightening is finally due to slow down.

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Economists at CommBank had called for a “business as usual” 25 basis point hike in October, in light of lags in the transmission of monetary policy and the risk to households posed by moving rates too high too quickly.

“Such a move would take the cash rate to 2.60 per cent,” CommBank said.

“From there our central scenario sees the RBA deliver one final 25 basis point rate hike at the November Board meeting which would take the cash rate to 2.85 per cent.”

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