This week in banking news - RBA, Aussie homes underinsured, energy prices and Citibank’s special offer

Tara McCabe

Friday 08 November 2019

  • The Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision not to cut the official cash rate this month.
  • Find out why some Aussies homes are underinsured by as much as 66%.
  • Why Victorians might be seeing a difference in their energy bill.
  • Online business loans lender Prospa’s limited time offer.
  • How Citibank customers in New South Wales can get $5 cashback this November.

All in this week’s banking recap.

Couple sitting catching a leak - underinsurance.

The RBA decides to keep the cash rate at record low 0.75%

Despite speculation that Aussies might be dealing with back to back cuts, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), decided not to make any changes to the official cash rate this month. This means that it will stay at a record low of 0.75% for the foreseeable future.

Although the cash rate will remain the same this time around, both interest rates on home loans and savings accounts are still feeling the effects of the previous cuts. 

New research finds Australian homes up to 66% underinsured

Research conducted by MCG Quantity Surveyors has revealed that a worrying number of Australian homes could be underinsured by as much as 66%. Director of the company, Marty Sadlier suggested that inaccurate online calculators could be the main reason that such a large number of homes are lacking the proper insurance premiums.

Plus with bushfire and flood season just around the corner, this is definitely not something to be brushed aside. Taking out an insurance plan with underinsurance cover and considering a total replacement policy are just a few things you could do to try and protect your home from underinsurance.

And if you are on the hunt for a new policy, why not head to Mozo’s home insurance comparison page, to see what plans are out there.

Victorians may have noticed a change on their energy bills

Following the regulations put in place on July 1st this year, Victorians might have begun to see a difference in their energy bill.

As per the new regulations, energy retailers are now obliged to show a best offer alert on the customer’s bill. With these new alerts the Victorian government hope to help households, who may be paying more than they need to, save money on their energy bill.

Of course, it might still be a good idea to shop around and see what deals other energy providers have to offer. And you can do just that, using Mozo’s energy plans comparison page to find the best energy prices available in your area. 

Prospa’s new business loans deal

In more good news, online business loans lender Prospa’s new limited time deal could help small businesses break even over the Christmas period. 

Businesses who either apply for a new loan or refinance their existing loan will be able to pause repayments for a whole six weeks. All you have to do is settle the loan by December 31st and give Prospa notice of two business days before activating the payment deferral.

Or, if you’re keen to set up an ongoing line of credit for your business, Prospa is willing to waive the $195 activation fee, granted your business is approved and you draw down upon a new Line of Credit by December 31st.

Citibank customers can beat Monday blues with $5 cashback

Speaking of deals, Citibank also have a pretty enticing incentive for Citi Visa credit card holders in New South Wales. As of this week, Citibank customers can earn $5 cashback for tapping on and off with their credit card, anywhere within the Opal card network.

The deal is valid every Monday this November, meaning that at the start of every gloomy working week this month, you could potentially be bagging a sweet $5 cashback. Or to put it another way, the price of a coffee or a tasty sushi roll. So granted you tap on and off on a Monday this month with your Citi credit card, you can expect to have a tidy sum credited to your account within 60 days of the offer end date.

Curious to find out about other credit card deals? Why not check out the rewards credit cards below to discover what other perks are on offer.

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