Popular bet pays off: RBA keeps rates on hold at 1.50%


Tuesday 01 November 2016

The Reserve Bank have kept interest rates on hold at 1.50% again in their Melbourne Cup day announcement, following stronger than expected third-quarter inflation numbers.

Consistently low inflation was one of the main factors behind recent predictions surrounding the Reserve Bank board’s decision. Although inflation remains below the RBA target of 2-3%, it showed considerable annual growth — apparently enough that the RBA saw no reason to shake things up with a cut on Melbourne Cup day.

Experts now largely expect that rates will stay steady until 2017.

Home loans up in the air

With interest rates stuck at an all time low of 1.50%, it’s a good time for borrowers — though this is reflected in sky high auction clearance rates and property prices in Sydney and Melbourne. That’s why it’s as important as ever to make sure you’re not paying too much on your mortgage, but the good news is there are some great deals out there for borrowers keen to get their hands on a property.

Take a look at some of the best home loan offers at the moment in the tables below:

Best variable rate home loan offers

ProductVariable rateComparison rate
Reduce Home Loans Rate Buster Variable home loan3.35%3.42%
Homestar Owner Occupier loan3.36%3.49%
Loans.com.au Essentials Variable home loan3.39%3.41%
Mortgage House Special Variable Home Loan3.49%3.93%
FreedomLend Variable Home Loan3.53%3.53%

*All home loan rates based on owner occupiers with an LVR of 80%

Best fixed rate home loan offers

Check out all the other great home loan offers available in our home loan comparison table.

Savings accounts an outside bet

The low rate environment isn’t so kind to savers, who have been seeing pretty dismal returns on their rainy day finds for some time now. Although they’ve escaped yet another rate cut this month, savvy savers will need to keep their wits about them to find the best return on their money. Here are some of the best places to stash your cash:

Best savings accounts

ProductInterest rateSpecial conditions
RAMS Saver Account3.15%With a minimum deposit of $200 and no withdrawals in the month
ME Online Savings Account3.05%When you make a weekly Tap & Go purchase with your ME Everyday Transaction Account Debit MasterCard
Bank Australia Bonus Saver3.00%With a minimum deposit of $100 and no withdrawals in the month
Police Bank Bonus Savings Account3.00%With a minimum deposit of $100 and no withdrawals in the month
CUA eSaver Reward2.90%When you deposit $1,000 into a CUA transaction account in the month

Best Term Deposits

Check out our saving accounts comparison table or term deposit comparison to find other great offers that will nab you a return on your hard earned savings stash.

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