RBA slashes cash rate to 2% after Easter break

The Reserve Bank of Australia Board has met for its post Easter meeting and has slashed the official cash rate by 0.25 basis points to 2%.

While some economists tipped the official cash rate would be left on hold until May, the cut has come early due to several economic factors including a slump in iron ore prices, rising unemployment and weak consumer confidence, with the Board aiming to lower the Australian dollar further and stimulate the economy.

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Mortgage movers

Since the RBA Board lowered the official cash rate in February there has been plenty of action in the home loan world.

Now’s a good time to fix your home loan with a range of competitive deals, such as Hume Bank’s tempting 3.6% 1 year fixed rate, Newcastle Permanent’s 3.89% 2 year fixed rate, as well as its 3.99% 3 year fixed rate. And let’s not forget Homestar who recently slashed an impressive 120 basis points off its 4 year fixed rate home loan to 4.35% and 125 basis points off its 5 year rate down to 4.40%.

Homestar also shone in the variable rate world, alongside loans.com.au with a variable rate of just 4.23%. However, the real star was Mortgage House cutting the competition with its 4.19% variable interest rate (only available for LVR’s less than 50%).

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Savings account heroes

With savings account rates sitting below the 4% mark, savers have been hit hard by the RBA’s decision to cut the official cash rate to record lows. But with the right account you can still see your cash stash soar.

RAMS continues to deliver the best ongoing savings account rate (with conditions), keeping its Saver at a competitive 3.91%. If you’re a new customer ME Bank will reward you with a tempting introductory rate at 3.85%. And if you’re a ‘no-strings attached’ kind of saver, Rural Bank ONE’s Saver has the best rate at 3.00%.

Want to see more savings account heroes? Head on over to Mozo’s savings accounts hub to compare deals today.


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