In what might be the best news for the nation's savers this year, banks and other financial institutions are actually increasing rates on select savings and term deposit accounts. The emerging trend is a rare ray of light for savers, and a strong sign that competition for deposit customers is heating up.
"Keeping cash in the bank could be the best option for many Australians given the volatility of other asset classes right now, and there is no need to be concerned about whether your money is safe in a savings account given the government guarantees deposits of up $250,000 per bank or authorised financial institution", said Mozo Director Kirsty Lamont.
While the big 4 banks have been increasing rates on select deposit products, challenger banks have also been competing harder and still offer the most attractive rates in the market of 2% or more. So, if you'd like to find a high interest home for your cash, start by comparing the latest savings account rates below and see how much you could be earning...
*Intro bonus rate of 1.50% for first 3 months, reverting to 1.20% after. Bonus interest only applies when you deposit $2,000 into your Go Account and make 5 debit card purchases, direct debit or BPAY payments in the previous month. If you are between 18 and 25 you need to deposit $1,000 and fulfil the other criteria.
*For customers who have an Orange Everyday and in each month deposit at least $1,000 into a personal ING account, make at least 5 settled card purchases using the linked ING debit card and grow the account balance higher at the end of the month (excluding interest) than it was at the end of the previous month.
*Bonus rate for the first 4 months from account opening, reverting to standard variable rate. Rate shown is for Personal customers and is subject to change. Different rates apply to Business/SMSF customers.