March savings snapshot: How low can interest rates go?

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Like a gymnast at a limbo competition, savings account interest rates keep edging lower. 

Over the last month, 37 different accounts monitored by Mozo’s data team saw reductions, with many conditional bonus rates tumbling down to sit worryingly close to their base rate counterparts.

This has brought the average ongoing savings rate to 0.40% – another 3 basis points (bp) down on last month – according to Mozo’s database.

Market leaders make changes

Moves are happening across the board, including in accounts leading the rate pack. 

The Macquarie Savings Accounts four-month introductory rate was cut from 1.35% to 1.10%. Its base rate, which was formerly the market leading unconditional rate, fell from 1.20% to 0.95%.

Meanwhile, ING introduced an additional interest-earning condition on its Savings Maximiser account. Now, to get the leading 1.35% bonus interest, savers will need to increase the balance in the account each month (not including interest). 

This is in addition to depositing at least $1,000 into a linked ING Orange Everyday account and making at least five settled transactions each month. These stacked conditions make it that little bit harder to get the most out of the savings account, whether you’re struggling to save money or simply forget to make the required deposits and transactions.

Big 4 loyalty despite big cuts

The trending gap between big four bank rates and the rest of the market has continued, with three out of the four (ANZ, NAB and CommBank) making multiple cuts to savings accounts last month. According to Mozo’s calculations, the average big bank savings rate is currently 0.16% – a substantial 25bp below the average of all other accounts.

Despite this widening gully, Mozo’s 2021 national savings report found more than half of Australians believe the major banks are the safest bet for their savings during uncertain economic times. 

While the savings rates show otherwise, 27% of people surveyed said they believed the big four offered more competitive options, and 44% said they banked with these players simply because “they always have”.

Data from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) shows 74.1% of Australia’s household deposits ($815 billion out of the total $1.099 trillion) are sitting in the big four banks.

If you’re considering parting ways with an uncompetitive savings account, check out some of the high interest options below.

Compare high interest savings accounts - last updated 3 December 2023

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  • Reward Saver Account

    5.25% p.a. (for $0 to $1,000,000)

    0% p.a.(for $0 and over)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Intro bonus rate of 5.25% for balances up to $1,000,000 for the first 4 months, reverting to 3.25%. Minimum deposit of $50 and no withdrawals.

    Introductory bonus rate for balances up to $1,000,000 for the first 4 months. Minimum deposit of $50 and no withdrawals. Start your account online in under 10 minutes and earn interest on balances up to $1,000,000 (T&Cs apply). No monthly account fees, helping you save smarter and faster.

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    5.20% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)

    1.20% p.a.(for $0 to $5,000,000)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Enjoy a bonus rate when you deposit at least $1000 per month with the AMP Saver Account.

    No account fees. Unlimited transactions when linked to an AMP Bank transaction account. Easy online access to your money. Option to link your savings account to an everyday transaction account. 2023 Mozo Experts Choice Award winner.

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    Savings Account

    5.50% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)

    4.75% p.a.(for $0 to $1,000,000)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus variable rate is available for the first four months.

    Competitive introductory variable rate for first 4 months (on deposits up to $250,000). No account keeping fees to pay. Multiple 2023 Mozo Experts Choice Award winner.

  • High Interest Save Account

    5.10% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)

    0.10% p.a.(for $0 and over)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Deposit at least $200 to either Spend or Save account from an external source each month.

    No monthly fees on any of your save accounts. Split your money with up to 10 Save accounts. Set savings targets and track the progress of all your Save accounts. Deposits guaranteed up to $250K per customer.

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    High Interest Savings Account

    5.75% p.a. (for $0 to $250,001)

    4.40% p.a.(for $0 to $250,001)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus rate for the first 4 months from account opening

    Reward yourself with a higher rate for your good savings habits with the Rabobank High Interest Savings Account . Receive the maximum rate when you grow your balance by at least $200 each month. No Account keeping fees. No minimum balance.


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