This week in banking - Credit card interest rates are too damn high


Friday 19 July 2019

In this week’s banking recap, we take a look at the latest moves from the world of banking, plus revisit the latest round of Mozo Experts Choice Awards.

Credit card interest rates stay high despite RBA cuts

After two consecutive cash rate cuts, banks have made plenty of changes to their home loan and savings portfolios, but what about credit cards? Well, according to new research from Mozo, interest rates for credit cards have remained stubbornly high not just this year, but over the past eight years.

While the cash rate has dropped 3.75% since 2011, very little of this has flowed through to rates for credit cards. In fact, they’ve actually increased by 2.90% on average, netting stingy credit card providers profits of around $5.2 billion.

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UBank cuts fixed rate home loans

UBank made waves this week by slashing fixed rates by 0.25% for owner occupiers and 0.50% for investors. The changes apply to 1, 3 and 5 year terms, and see fixed rates for the UBank UHomeLoan drop to a super low 2.99% (3.63% comparison rate*) for borrowers looking to lock in a three year fixed term.

UBank cuts savings rates again

The slew of cuts UBank has made to home loan rates has had fans of the online bank’s savings accounts on high alert. Once reductions are announced to home loan rates in response to an RBA rate cut, it’s usually not long before savings accounts follow.

Fortunately, UBank opted to reduce deposits by only 0.19%. Its popular USaver with Ultra Transaction Account now comes with a bonus rate of 2.41%, down from 2.60%. This still puts it among the top 10 bonus interest rates in our database on accounts without age restrictions.

Triple the interest you earn just by making the switch

On that note, if you’re looking to boost your savings, the first step should always be to find a quality savings account. There’s a world of difference between the best and worst accounts out there, and picking the right one could see the interest you earn triple.

“There’s no point staying loyal to banks that offer poor rates on their savings accounts. You could be pocketing a whole lot more money just by making a simple switch,” said Mozo Director, Kirsty Lamont.

So if you’re looking for a high interest savings account to help you turn your finances around, check out some of the options below, or head over to our comparison table to find one that’s right for you.

*The Comparison Rate combines the lender's interest rate, fees and charges into a single rate to show the true cost of a home loan. The comparison rate displayed is for a secured loan with monthly principal and interest repayments for $150,000 over 25 years, and applies only to this example. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Full comparison rate schedules are available from lenders. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.

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