This week in banking news - MOVE Bank cuts home loan rates, Judo Bank, long weekend road trip and personal loans

  • Why Aussies are ditching the big three energy retailers
  • Judo Bank reaches $1 billion in term deposits
  • What to put on your car insurance checklist for the long weekend
  • The fees hurting nearly half of international students in Australia
  • Looking for a more ethical personal loan?
  • MOVE Bank cuts home loan rates

All in this week's banking recap.

One in three Aussies flick the switch on big energy retailers

Have you been thinking about pulling the plug on your energy provider lately? Well if you have then you’re probably not alone. According to the Retail Competition Review, published by the Australian Energy Market Commission, one in three Aussies have switched away from the big three energy retailers to a newer, smaller energy provider recently.

And with so many changes to the energy market in the past few years, not to mention the introduction of 11 new energy retailers in 2019, it’s no wonder Aussies are looking further afield for a better deal on their energy bills.

Curious to learn more? Why not read the full article: One in three Aussies are ditching the three big energy retailers to find out where in Australia smaller energy retailers are actually outnumbering the big ones and what’s next for solar.

Judo Bank smashes $1 billion in term deposits

Less than a year after launching as a bank, challenger bank Judo Bank has smashed $1 billion in term deposits.

And that’s not all, the neobank announced earlier this week that it intends to give 95% of this money back to small businesses.

Read the full article: Judo Bank reaches $1 billion in term deposits and lends 95% of it back to small businesses, for more on this story and to find out more about what term deposits Judo Bank offers.

Car insurance checklist for the long weekend?

The long weekend is coming up and we all know what that means...roadtrip! What better time than a long weekend to hop in your car and head off into the unknown for some good ol’ exploring. Of course if you are thinking of cruising on out for a few days, car insurance is probably one of the last things on your mind. But the thing is, making sure all drivers are covered and that you have roadside assistance should probably be the first thing on your road trip checklist.

Read the full article: Get road trip ready this Australia Day long weekend with a quick car insurance check-in, for some pointers on making sure you have the right car insurance for your getaway.

Nearly half of international students in Australia hit by foreign transaction fees

According to a survey conducted by international student payment platform CohortGo, a whopping 49% of international students studying in Australia feel that the foreign transaction fees they pay are too high.

CohortGo’s research found that both BPAY and credit cards are popular payment methods when it comes to coughing up tuition fees. The problem is both of these payment methods could hit you with small, unexpected fees. 

For more information on what fees to look out for and tips on getting a great international money transfer deal, read the full article: 49% of international students in Australia hurt by foreign transaction fees, new research finds.

Looking for a personal loan that aligns more with your values?

If you’ve been searching for a personal loan and you’re eager to find a bank or credit union that aligns more with your values, then we might be able to help you.

Earlier this week we gathered a list of personal loans from Aussie banks and credit unions that, according to environmental campaigner Market Forces, do not currently invest in fossil fuels.

So if you’re looking for a personal loan with a slightly greener touch, why not check out the full article: Looking for a more ethical personal loan in 2020? Here are 4 picks to check out.

MOVE Bank cuts home loan rates

Talking of loans, if you’re after a home loan, rather than a personal loan, then you might be interested to hear that MOVE Bank made cuts to its three year fixed rate Ultra Low Lockit loan earlier this week. 

After shaving a substantial 24 basis points off, the annual interest rate for this loan now stands at a competitive 2.74% (3.82% comparison rate*). That’s much lower than the average three year fixed rate in the Mozo database, which is currently 3.20%**.
This is all pretty good news for house hunters, but and there is a but, in an interesting turn of events, it would seem that less Aussies are actually looking to refinance. 

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the percentage of Aussies looking to refinance has actually declined lately.

Read the full article: MOVE Bank cuts home loan rates, but are Aussies still keen on switching? to find out more about why refinancing isn’t quite the in thing right now.

If you are currently searching high and low for a home loan, why not head to Mozo’s home loans comparison page to see what deals are out there. Or if you’re not too keen on leaving this page just yet, maybe have a scroll down for a quick glimpse of home loan interest rates available right now.

**Correct as of 17th January 2020.

Home loan comparisons on Mozo

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Last updated 24 June 2024 Important disclosures and comparison rate warning*
  • Basic Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.16 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Enjoy a low rate home loan with $0 application fee and $0 ongoing fees. Flexibility to split your loan and set different repayment types. Fee free redraw from your loan using online banking. Flexible ways to repay. 40% Deposit required.

  • Unloan Variable

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    5.90 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
    Go to site

    Built by CommBank, the Unloan is the first home loan with an increasing discount (conditions apply) for borrowers. No application or banking fees. No monthly account keeping or early exit fees. Apply online in minutes.

  • Offset Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.39 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Ability to open up to 10 offset accounts per loan account. Fast online application. Linked Debit Mastercard® with fee-free access at ATMs across Australia. Package a credit card with your home loan and the annual card fee will be waived (T&Cs apply). 40% deposit required.

  • Unloan Variable

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    5.90 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
    Go to site

    Built by CommBank, the Unloan is the first home loan with an increasing discount (conditions apply) for borrowers. No application or banking fees. No monthly account keeping or early exit fees. Apply online in minutes.

  • Discount Variable Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<70%
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.01 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
    Go to site

    A low rate home loan for owner-occupiers packed with great features including unlimited extra repayments, free online redraw, no application or monthly admin fees. Rate will vary depending on LVR. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice 2024 Low Cost Home Loan Award^

  • Variable Home Loan 90

    • Principal and Interest
    • LVR <90%
    Interest rate
    6.04 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.06 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,011
    Go to site

    Affordable home loan rate for buyers or refinancers. No monthly or ongoing fees. Option to add an offset for 0.10%. Access to savings with unlimited redraws available. Minimum 10% deposit required.

  • Fixed Rate Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    6.09 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.15 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,027

    Additional repayments of up to $10K per fixed year. Interest rate discounts available. Waiver of $499 application fee when combined with an Orange Advantage Home Loan.

  • The Better Home Loan Special Offer

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR<80%
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Enjoy a variable rate home loan with a bunch of features from Police Credit Union. Make extra repayments at any time without penalty. No monthly, annual or upfront fees. Free online redraw. Minimum 20% deposit. Qualifying criteria applies. Minimum loan amount is 200K. For new customers only. Mozo Experts Choice Home Lender Credit Union of the Year 2023.

  • Basic Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.16 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Enjoy a low rate home loan with $0 application fee and $0 ongoing fees. Flexibility to split your loan and set different repayment types. Fee free redraw from your loan using online banking. Flexible ways to repay. 40% Deposit required.

  • Mortgage Simplifier

    • LVR<80%
    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.17 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043

    Get a competitive variable rate with ING’s Mortgage Simplifier. Free extra repayments, no monthly or annual fees. Freedom to make free extra repayments or redraws.

  • Offset Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.39 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Ability to open up to 10 offset accounts per loan account. Fast online application. Linked Debit Mastercard® with fee-free access at ATMs across Australia. Package a credit card with your home loan and the annual card fee will be waived (T&Cs apply). 40% deposit required.

  • Basic Home Loan

    • Fixed
    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR<70%
    Interest rate
    6.25 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.20 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,079
    Go to site

    No upfront or ongoing fees. Free extra repayments and redraw facility. Option to earn Qantas points. Min 30% deposit required. Borrow up to $750,000.

  • Offset Home Loan

    • Fixed
    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <70%
    Interest rate
    6.25 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.42 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,079
    Go to site

  • Fixed Rate

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • <80% LVR
    Interest rate
    6.59 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    7.06 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,190

    Enjoy up to $3000 cashback for eligible first home buyers and $2000 cashback for refinancers on eligible home loans with the ANZ Fixed Rate Home Loan. Get the security of repayment certainty with a competitive locked in rate. No ongoing fees to pay. Offset account on 1-year fixed loans ($10/month fee applies). Interest-only payments allowed.

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* WARNING: This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan. The comparison rate displayed is for a secured loan with monthly principal and interest repayments for $150,000 over 25 years.

** Initial monthly repayment figures are estimates only, based on the advertised rate. You can change the loan amount and term in the input boxes at the top of this table. Rates, fees and charges and therefore the total cost of the loan may vary depending on your loan amount, loan term, and credit history. Actual repayments will depend on your individual circumstances and interest rate changes.

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