This week in banking - RBA, HSBC Everyday Extras, and the best travel insurance of 2019

In this week’s banking recap, we revisit the RBA’s August decision, plus turn our attention to travel insurance in light of the latest round of Mozo Experts Choice Awards.

RBA holds the cash rate at 1.00%

After two consecutive cuts in June and July, the Reserve Bank decided to take a breather and keep the cash rate unchanged this August, with RBA Governor Philip Lowe saying he expects conditions in the economy to pick up in the near future.

“The outlook is being supported by the low level of interest rates, recent tax cuts, ongoing spending on infrastructure, signs of stabilisation in some housing markets and a brighter outlook for the resources sector,” he said.

Best travel insurance policies revealed

Travel insurance might not be too high on your list of priorities ahead of a holiday, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it. To make picking the right policy easy, we’ve compiled the best of the best in this year’s Mozo Experts Choice Travel Insurance Awards.

World2Cover was named our Travel Insurance Provider of the Year, marking the second year in a row it’s taken out the top spot. But all the other winners are well worth a look. Whether you plan to board a cruise or make your way down the ski slopes, you’re sure to find a policy that suits you. 

Reap the rewards with HSBC’s Everyday Extras

HSBC has launched Everyday Extras, a nifty little feature which could see savers rewarded each time they spend.

Customers who deposit at least $2,000 a month into their HSBC Everyday Global Account will receive 2% cashback on purchases up to $100, so long as they use payWave, Apple Pay or Google Pay.

“Australians love rewards, but most rewards programs rely on offering the chance to earn points, which can be complicated or time-consuming to redeem. We wanted to offer customers a more immediate benefit,” said Jessica Power, HSBC Australia’s Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management.

Wholesale demand response: a potential remedy to energy woes

This Tuesday, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) heard a proposal to introduce a ‘wholesale demand response’ in the Australian energy market. Such a mechanism would reward customers for responsible energy habits with cash or credit, which can go towards further lowering their bills.

ME lowers fixed rates to lowest in its history

The cuts to fixed rates continue to pile up, with ME the latest to join the party. Headlining the latest round of changes is its 3-year Flexible Home Loan Member Package, which saw a massive 0.40% reduction. The new 3.18% p.a. fixed rate (3.87% p.a. comparison rate*) marks the lowest rate ever offered by the bank.

If you’re on the lookout for a quality home loan, be sure to visit our home loan comparison page, or have a browse of the options below.

Home loan comparisons on Mozo - rates updated daily

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    Mozo Experts Choice 2021
    Smart Booster Home Loan

    1 Year Discounted Variable Rate, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, <80% LVR

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    1.99% p.a.variable for 12 months and then 2.48% p.a. variable
    2.47% p.a.

    A super low introductory rate home loan with no monthly or ongoing fees. Unlimited free redraws and unlimited additional repayments to help you build your equity and own your home sooner. Multiple loan splits available. (Rates revert after introductory period ends). 20% minimum deposit required. Winner of two Mozo Expert's Choice Awards for 2021.

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    Fixed Rate Loan with Orange Advantage

    Owner Occupiers, Principal & Interest, LVR <80%

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    2.04% p.a.
    fixed 3 years
    3.60% p.a.

    Know exactly what your repayments will be, and you can fix your rate for up to 5 years. No monthly, annual fee or transaction fees.

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    UHomeLoan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

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    1.85% p.a.
    fixed 3 years
    2.24% p.a.

    $0 fees and easy application. Choose between weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments. 3 year fixed rates are for new Owner Occupier Principal & Interest loans.

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    Variable Home Loan Special

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR <70%

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    2.09% p.a. variable
    2.12% p.a.

    Yard’s low-rate variable special home loan is packed with all features – unlimited additional repayments, free redraw, 100% offset account. Enjoy a simple online application. Special rate applies to home loan applications submitted by 31st May 2021. Low Cost Home Loan winner in the Mozo Expert's Choice Awards for 2021.

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    Celebrate Variable Home Loan

    <60% LVR, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

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    2.19% p.a. variable
    2.19% p.a.

    Fast and efficient online application. Automatic discounts as loan is paid off. Free extra repayments and redraw facility. Zero fees to consider. Min 40% deposit required. Winner of three Mozo Expert's Choice Awards for 2021.

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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, loan amount and term entered. 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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