The rate that stops the nation: Cash rate remains at 2.50%

At its monthly meeting today, the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia decided to leave the official cash rate on hold at 2.50%.

In a statement, Governor Glenn Stevens said "there has been an improvement in indicators of household and business sentiment recently, but it is still too soon to judge how persistent this will be."

What exactly does that mean, Mr Stevens?

Unlike the punters at Flemington, the board of the Reserve Bank didn’t want to take a gamble on the recovering Australian economy. Thanks to the flow on effects from the earlier rate cuts in August and May, the economy is starting to show healthy signs of growth. Plus, the Big Banks are reporting improved consumer and business confidence - particularly in the housing market.

Nevertheless, Stevens’ has hinted that the Reserve Bank is open to rate movements in the not-too-distant future with pundits predicting a new round of rate changes early next year - stay tuned folks!

What’s news for borrowers?

Borrowers betting on a rate cut need not be disappointed by today’s RBA decision. Rates continue to be at record lows but if you are thinking of fixing your home loan, now would be a good time to lock in rates as we saw 10 banks move their fixed rates up in October by over 20 basis points. Longer term fixed rates are moving the quickest and there is still time to lock in some good 1 & 2 year fixed options.

  • Greater Building Society: 4.29% p.a. (5.32% p.a. comparison rate)
  • iMortgage: 4.67% p.a. (4.81% p.a. comparison rate)
  • Illawarra Home Loans: 4.71% p.a. (5.14% p.a. comparison rate)

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